No. 15 Dickinson Holds Off No. 19 Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – No. 15 Dickinson staked itself to a 6-4 halftime lead and held off 19th-ranked Stevenson for an 11-9 non-conference men's lacrosse victory Friday night in the first round of the Mustang Classic at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (0-4) has been defeated by four nationally-ranked teams thus far, all by margins of one or two goals.  The Mustangs were led by four goals from junior JT Thelen, while sophomore Ethan Christensen totaled two goals and three assists.  Senior Harrison Faecher tallied a goal and an assist, while junior Gray McKee and sophomore Beau Schmeusser each added single goals.

Dickinson (4-2) was paced by Dylan Maher who finished with four goals and an assist.

The Mustangs trailed 8-7 entering the fourth quarter, but a man-up goal by Maher with 12:18 remaining put the Red Devils ahead 9-7.  Faecher scored his first goal of the season, a man-up tally, with exactly five minutes to go to again make it a one-goal game, but back-to-back goals by Tyler Strods, the first at 2:57 and the second with the timer in effect at 1:53, gave the Red Devils a three-goal lead.

Thelen got a goal back 20 seconds later, and the Mustangs won the ensuing faceoff on a Dickinson faceoff violation.  Stevenson got two shots off, but one was wide and the other saved by Cole Pellicano, and the guests were able to run out the clock.

Dickinson led 4-2 after one quarter, but a Thelen goal with just over seven minutes left in the first half made it a 4-3 game, and a man-up tally by McKee at 5:58 tied things 4-4.  Dickinson scored twice before halftime, at 3:17 and 1:20, to take a 6-4 lead into intermission.

Maher extended the Red Devil lead 2:26 into the third period, but 55 seconds later, Christensen scored to make it 7-5.  After a Dickinson goal at 9:38 made it 8-5, goals by Christensen at 3:59 and Thelen at 2:01 made it 8-7 heading into the final frame.

Dickinson outshot Stevenson 49-46 and won 14-of-24 faceoffs.  The Mustangs were 3-7 in man-up situations, with the guests 2-7.  Pellicano made 15 saves as he played all but the first 2:13 of the fourth quarter in goal, while Stevenson sophomore Sam Ross turned aside 10 shots.

Senior Tom Brown had a pair of caused turnovers for Stevenson and four ground balls, while classmate Dylan Harris had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Stevenson is back in action Saturday night in the second round of the Mustang Classic, facing fourth-ranked York (Pa.) in an 8:00 contest at Mustang Stadium.