No. 3 Mustangs Avoid Three-Game Losing Streak With 11-9 Win Over No. 7 Cortland

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by five points from senior Tony Rossi and four goals from sophomore Kyle D'Onofrio, the third-ranked Stevenson men's lacrosse team snapped a two-game home losing streak with an 11-9 victory over No. 7 Cortland Sunday night Mustang Stadium in the Greene Turtle Classic.

With the win, the Mustangs (4-3) avoided their first three-game losing streak since 2006 while improving their all-time record versus the Red Dragons to 4-1, including 4-0 at home.

Unlike Saturday when Stevenson trailed 5-0 and was held scoreless in the first quarter against No. 10 Cabrini, the Mustangs scored six goals in the first quarter against Cortland while building a 6-2 lead.

D'Onfrio scored three of his four goals in the opening quarter while junior Pat Candon scored twice and Rossi netted the first of his two tallies. Rossi also picked up two assists on D'Onforio's first two goals.

Cortland (2-4) scored the first two goals of the second quarter just 16 seconds apart to cut its deficit to two, but a man-up goal by Rossi and Candon's third of the half gave Stevenson an 8-4 halftime lead.

After Matt Rakoczy scored for the Red Dragons just 1:25 into the third quarter, Rossi found D'Onofrio for the third time before junior Stephen Banick scored at 5:05 to give the Mustangs their largest lead of the game at 10-5.

However, that would be the last goal for Stevenson until late in the fourth quarter as Cortland scored four-straight, including two from James Stavrakis, to pull within one at 10-9 with 2:49 to play.

Stavrakis also picked up an assist, accounting for three points during the 4-0 run.

The Red Dragons won the ensuing faceoff and had a chance to tie the game, but senior Callum Robinson caused a turnover which led to Banick's second goal just 37 seconds later, snapping a drought of 17:53 for the Mustangs.

Stevenson was outshot for the second consecutive game 45-42 and won just 6-of-22 faceoffs. The team also committed eight penalties for 9:30, but only had 10 turnovers after totaling 32 last night.

Rossi finished with two goals and three assists and was just two points shy of the seven he had in the first six games combined.

Senior Connor Curro had six ground balls while junior Chad Williams and senior Taylor Morgan had two caused turnovers each. Junior Ben Richards made 11 saves.

Stavrakis totaled four goals and one assist while Zach Hopps had a goal and three assists for Cortland. Joe Scalise had 11 saves in the first 57 minutes before giving way to Scott Tota for the final three.

The gauntlet of four-straight ranked opponents continues for Stevenson on Wednesday when it travels to Salisbury to renew its annual rivalry with the 15th-ranked Sea Gulls beginning at 7:00 p.m.