Thelen Ties Single-Game Goal Record, Mustangs Cruise Past Albright

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Senior JT Thelen tied a Stevenson men's lacrosse single-game program record with nine goals as the Mustangs cruised to a 20-4 win over Albright in MAC Commonwealth play Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

  • Thelen scored the first goal of the game for Stevenson (3-6, 2-0 MAC Commonwealth) 1:01 into the game.
  • Thelen scored four times in the first 3:49 of the game, scoring a man-up goal at 13:00, then again at 12:11 and 11:11, to make it 4-0.
  • Gray McKee scored his first goal of the game at the 10:27 mark.
  • Albright (0-8, 0-2 MAC Commonwealth) scored on a man-up opportunity at the 8:36 mark.
  • An Ethan Christensen goal at the 7:36 mark, followed by a McKee tally with 4:19 on the clock, put the Mustangs up 7-1 after one frame.

  • Three goals by Thelen in a span of 44 seconds put the Mustangs up 10-1 with 12:34 left before halftime.  Christensen assisted on two of the scores.
  • After Cam Leydig found the back of the net with 11:56 on the clock, Thelen struck again on a feed from Leydig at 8:09.
  • Shane Ford entered the scoring column with 6:44 remaining.
  • Christensen had two goals in the final 5:30 of the period, including one with 36 seconds remaining, and Thelen scored his ninth of the game at the 1:38 mark.
  • The hosts led 16-1 at the break.

  • McKee recorded his third goal of the contest 7:42 into the third quarter.
  • Will Smith cashed in on a man-up opportunity with 3:32 remaining, with Christensen handing out his sixth assist of the night.
  • Stevenson entered the final frame winning 18-1.

  • Albright snapped its scoreless drought of over 41 minutes at the 12:10 mark on a goal by John Gilbert.
  • Gray King scored his second goal of the season with 9:25 left.
  • Gilbert scored again with just under eight minutes to go.
  • Jay Minor scored his first Mustang goal with 7:24 to play.
  • Shane Early closed out the scoring for Albright with 2:13 remaining.

  • Thelen tied the program record of nine goals in a game for the second time in his career.  He had nine goals against Lycoming on the road last season.  Steve Kazimer set the record against Messiah during the 2008 season.
  • With 10 total points, Thelen now has 222 for his career and moved into sixth place on Stevenson's career points list.  He surpassed Chris Dashiell, who had 218 from 2011-14.
  • Christensen finished with three goals and six assists.  He moved into the program's career top 10 in assists with 65 and is tied for ninth with Thelen.
  • Christensen's six assists are the most by a Mustang in a game since Dashiell had six against Lycoming in 2013.
  • McKee finished with three goals and an assist.
  • Leydig recorded a goal and four helpers, while Ford finished with a goal and two assists.  Smith added a goal and an assist.
  • Freshman Ryan Coleman added two assists.
  • The Mustang defense finished with 10 caused turnovers, its second-highest total of the season.  Dominic DeFazio, Dylan Harris and Kevin McCarthy each recorded two.
  • Freshman Seth Thornton finished 16-19 on faceoffs and picked up 12 ground balls, while Shiloh Shassian won all seven draws he took with six ground balls.  The Mustangs were 24-27 at the X on the night.
  • Four goalies combined to make five saves for Stevenson, with Shane Silk and Damian Randall each making two saves apiece in the fourth quarter.
  • Stevenson improved to 50-0 all-time in MAC Commonwealth regular season play.

Shane Ford goes behind the back late in the first half.

  • Stevenson hosts No. 15 Christopher Newport in a 7 pm non-conference contest on Wednesday, April 3.