March 22, 2014

Burgoyne's Trick Boosts Stevenson Over Cortland

from press release

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's lacrosse junior Billy Burgoyne scored three times while senior Glen Tompkins had a goal and three assists as the fifth-ranked Mustangs held off a second-half rally by No. 6 Cortland en route to a 9-8 victory Saturday night at Mustang Stadium in the Mustang Classic.

With the win, Stevenson (8-1) won its fifth game in the last 10 days, two of which came against teams ranked in the top six and four versus teams ranked or receiving votes. The team has now won 18-straight at home and are 35-2 at Mustang Stadium.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one before extending their lead to six at the half, 8-2. Burgoyne accounted for two of the team's goals while Tompkins had a goal and two assists. Sophomore Stephen Banick and junior Colin Dabney each had one goal and one assist.

Stevenson outshot the Red Dragons 21-15 in the first half while winning 10-of-12 face-offs. The nation's seventh-ranked man-up offense also scored on four of its seven opportunities against the nation's eighth-ranked man-down defense.

However, despite being outnumbered statistically in the second half, Cortland (5-3) made the most of its opportunities, outscoring the Mustangs, 6-1. The Red Dragons scored six goals on 14 shots, scoring the game's last four while holding Stevenson scoreless for the final 21:48.

The Mustangs were also held scoreless for a stretch of 27:38 in Friday's 8-6 victory over Nazareth.

Three of Cortland's six second-half goals came on the man-advantage, including two in the fourth quarter by Matt Rakoczy and Mike Cantelli. Rakoczy finished with four points to lead the Red Dragons while Cantelli had three.

Stevenson sophomore Dimitri Pecunes totaled nine saves in the game, but had just one in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs were outscored, 4-0. Scott Tota made 11 saves for Cortland while allowing seven goals. The other two belonged to back-up Nick Costabile who surrendered two man-up tallies on two shots in 37 seconds of playing time while Tota was in the penalty box.

After playing five consecutive home games and seven of its first nine at Mustang Stadium, Stevenson will head to Lynchburg next Saturday for a 4:00 p.m., face-off against the ninth-ranked Hornets at Shellenberger Field.

The Mustangs have won both meetings a year ago, including a 13-7 victory at home in the quarterfinals of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship, but Lynchburg won the last meeting between the two at Shellenberger Field, 6-3 back on Mar. 10, 2012.

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