Mustangs Topple No. 18 Christopher Newport 14-8

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson University used a defense that surrendered just two goals in the second half and a balanced offense to topple No. 18 Christopher Newport 14-8 in non-conference men's lacrosse Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.

  • Stevenson (4-6) got on the board at the 11:03 mark as JT Thelen took a feed from Will Smith and went behind the back to score.
  • The Mustangs scored three goals in a 38-second span, with a Thelen tally at 8:20 making it 4-0.  Smith started the run with a man-up goal at 8:58, then Seth Thornton scored after winning the faceoff nine seconds later.
  • Christopher Newport (8-5) got on the board at the 4:18 mark on Dylan Rice's 34th goal of the season.
  • The Captains trailed 4-2 after one after Spencer Shipman notched his first goal of the season at 2:46.

  • CNU pulled within 4-3 on a man-up tally at the 12:11 mark.
  • Thelen notched his third goal of the contest with 8:52 left in the first half to reclaim a two-goal lead for the Mustangs.
  • Aidan FitzGerald again made it a one-goal game 19 seconds later.
  • Two goals by the Captains 54 seconds apart gave the guests their only lead of the game, 6-5, at the 5:12 mark.
  • Stevenson scored twice in the final 12 seconds of the half to go up 7-6 at intermission.
  • After running an offensive set, Ethan Christensen found a cutting Josh Brannan with 12 seconds left as Brannan scored his first college goal to tie the game.
  • Thornton won the following faceoff, ran down and scored with five seconds left to regain the lead for Stevenson.

  • At the 10:08 mark, a shot by Thelen went wide, but Jacob Tatum was backing up, caught the ball in mid-air, and put in the upper right corner to extend the Mustang lead to 10-8.
  • Goals by Gray McKee at 7:13 and Smith at the 5:30 mark pushed Stevenson's lead to four, 10-6.
  • Christopher Newport scored two goals 59 seconds apart to make it a 10-8 contest with 57 seconds left in the third.
  • The Mustangs went to the fourth holding a two-goal advantage.

  • Shane Ford scored an unassisted tally with 13:06 remaining to make it 11-8.
  • Christensen scored with 11:40 left as Smith found him coming down the middle and fed Christensen perfectly for his first goal of the game.
  • McKee scored with 6:04 left, then Christensen added an empty-net tally with 1:19 to play.
  • The Mustangs blanked the Captains in the frame despite a 9-5 shot advantage for the guests.

  • Both teams recorded 37 shots on the night.
  • Thelen led the Mustangs in the goal column with three, while Smith and Christensen each finished with two goals and two assists.
  • McKee and Thornton each scored twice.  Thornton was also 18-23 on faceoffs and had 14 ground balls.
  • Thornton is 51-64 (79.7%) on faceoffs over the last three games.
  • Tatum recorded a goal and two assists, while Ford posted a goal and an assist.
  • Dominic DeFazio led the Stevenson defense with four caused turnovers and six ground balls.
  • Dylan Harris had two caused turnovers as the Mustangs had 11 as a team.
  • Goalie Marc Poust turned aside nine shots and had seven ground balls.
  • As a team Stevenson won 18 of the game's 25 faceoffs and picked up 43 ground balls to 34 for CNU.
  • The Mustangs were 1-2 on man-up chances while holding the Captains to 1-6 with the extra attacker.
  • The win is Stevenson's second over a ranked team this season.

  • Stevenson wraps up an eight-game homestand Saturday when it hosts Lycoming in a 7 pm MAC Commonwealth contest at Mustang Stadium.