April 20, 2011

Stevenson's Fast Start Sinks St. Mary's

from press release

– The 2011 campaign for the St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse came to an end Wednesday afternoon in the semifinals of the Capital Athletic Conference Men's Lacrosse Championship Tournament as the fifth-seeded Seahawks suffered a 16-7 setback to No. 1 Stevenson University.

Senior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) and junior attacker J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) each scored twice to pace the Seahawk offense while senior Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) added a goal and an assist as St. Mary's wrapped up the season with a 6-9 overall record.

Stevenson claimed a 3-0 lead after the first period behind goals from Neal Barthelme (Towson, Md./Dulaney), Tony Rossi (Towson, Md./Calvert Hall), and Richie Ford (Baltimore, Md./Towson).

The Mustangs raced out to a 7-0 advantage as Ray Witte (Annapolis, Md./St. Peter and Paul) and Ford scored in a 10-second span just 17 seconds into the start of the second quarter. However, first-year midfielder Ben Love (Sparks, Md./McDonogh) and senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) broke the ice for St. Mary's with back-to-back goals in under a minute to cut the deficit to 5-2 at 12:56.

After goals by Jake Stocksdale (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) at 12:43 and Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) at 7:22, Lennon completed a pass from senior midfielder Bobby Cooke (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) for the Seahawks' third goal at 5:02. Stevenson headed into intermission with a 10-3 lead following three unanswered goals.

Stevenson started the third stanza with another three straight goals to push its lead to 13-3 before Becraft and Bell got on the board for the Seahawks for a 13-5 Mustang lead at 4:08. Stevenson scored with 1:40 left in the quarter to head into the fourth period with a nine-goal margin.

Scoring was even in the fourth quarter as Stevenson scored the first two of the stanza followed by goals from Bell and Lennon for the 16-7 final.

The Windsor (Towson, Md./St. Paul's) brothers led the defensive effort for St. Mary's as John, the senior, forced a team-best four turnovers while Peter, the junior, contributed a team-high four ground balls.

In goal, junior Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) started the game and picked up eight saves and one ground ball in the first half while senior Pat Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) had seven stops and a ground ball in the final 30 minutes.

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