March 21, 2009

Mustangs Stay Hot out of Gate, Edge Lynchburg

from press release

Jimmy Dailey scored two goals in No. 3 Stevenson's 12-10 win Saturday over No. 16 Lynchburg.
© Kevin P. Tucker

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Junior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney) made nine saves, including four in the fourth quarter where Lynchburg held an 11-4 edge in shots as the Stevenson University men's lacrosse team held off a second half comeback attempt en route to a 12-10 victory Saturday at the Caves Athletics Complex.

The victory was the 11th-straight regular season win for the Mustangs (8-0) and their eighth consecutive at home. It also was the team's third win against a ranked opponent this season.

Stevenson has won 21 of its last 25 after going 13-4 a year ago with its losses to Gettysburg, Lynchburg and Salisbury, twice. With their win today, the Mustangs have now avenged losses to two of those teams this season.

Junior Dave Cougler (Rochester, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on his first of the season with 8:59 left in the third quarter to give Stevenson an 11-5 lead.

However, Lynchburg (4-3) would net three goals in the final 5:07 of the third quarter and five of the next six to trail by just two with 4:48 remaining.

In addition to its 11-4 edge in shots in the fourth quarter, the Hornets also forced nine turnovers and took advantage of Stevenson's inability to clear the ball as the Mustangs were just 3-for-8 on clears in the quarter.

Ultimately, it was the play of Hebert and three caused turnovers in the final 2:52 that enabled Stevenson to preserve its lead and remain unbeaten.

The Mustangs outscored the Hornets 6-2 in the second quarter to take a 9-3 halftime lead after two goals each from sophomore Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winter Mills) and junior Steve Kazimer (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger).

Kazimer also added two assists and finished the game two goals and three assists while Dailey and senior Greg Furshman (Miami, Fla./Towson) each had two goals.

Senior Brett Yoder (Parkton/Hereford) had a goal and two assists for Stevenson.

After back-to-back man-up goals by Tyler Tolson, Lynchburg cut the deficit to 3-2 with 13:44 remaining in the second quarter before the Mustangs scored six-straight to take its largest lead of the game at seven. Kazimer had a hand in four of the final five goals.

Four of the Hornets' first five goals came with an extra-man opportunity, including back-to-back tallied by Tolson and Aaron Khouri in the first five minutes of the third quarter. Three of Tolson's four goals were with a man advantage.

Only seven seconds after Khouri's goal, Furshman won the faceoff and netted his second of the game and 14th of the season.

Tolson had four goals and one assist for Lynchburg while Michael Mundorf added a goal and three assists. Franc Cook had 21 saves for the Hornets, including 12 in the first half.

Stevenson returns to action next Saturday when its hosts Wesley in a CAC contest beginning at 3:00 p.m.

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