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Stevenson shows power in home opener

Stephen Bannick scored two goals against the Golden Bears.

Stephen Bannick scored two goals against the Golden Bears.

In their home opener against Western New England, the Stevenson Mustangs looked every bit like the national championship contenders they are. Stevenson just dominated the Golden Bears in their 17-4 victory. They out-shot their competition, 54-38, beat them 34-25 in scooping up ground balls and won the face-off battle as well.

Paul Danko led the charge with four goals and an assists while Pat Candon had a reserve line of one goal and four assists. Defensively, Callum Robinson was spectacular, leading the team with six ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Things didn’t start out all fine and good, though. It look 10 minutes for the Mustangs to finally get on the board and while their offense was finding its way, Western New England took a 2-0 advantage.

Following a 60-second slashing penalty by Robinson, Justin Bard hit Max Beteletti for an EMO goal. And about a minute later, Bard doubled the lead with a goal of his own.

But impressively, that was all that was allowed. WNE ripped off 11 shots in the early goings but the Mustangs defense didn’t allow many good looks. Of the ones that were, two were saved and one was blocked.

Stevenson finally got on the board after Josh Rufolo caused a turnover and took over possession. Quickly, Robinson got control of the ball, moved the ball to Dylan Muti and he ripped the shot into the goal.

A minute later, the Mustangs tied the game when Candon found Tony Rossi for his first goal of the year. And two more came shortly during the Mustangs run. At 3:33, Danko ran right at the goal for an unassisted score and Stephen Banick netted his first og the year after scooping up an ground ball following a save from WNE’s Brandon Body.

Stevenson ended the first quarter with a 4-2 lead and continued their huge run with six more consecutive goals.

Western New England finally ended their drought with back-to-back goals at the end of the first half. A two-minute unnecessary roughness call on Taylor Morgan left Stevenson down a man and Mike Jednak made them pay. With just one second left before the break, James Kolesar ripped a desperation shot and put it in the net.

But even that little spurt was just too little. Stevenson still led 10-4 at halftime and didn’t allow a goal the entire second half. They just piled on seven more.

Mustang goalkeeper Ben Richards finished the game with 12 saves in the game while Billy Burgoyne had a hat trick. Banick, Rossi, Colin Dabney and Muti all had multi-goal games as well.

The Mustangs improved to 2-1 on the year and will travel to Roanoke next week. They will finally return home for three-straight games in mid-march against Tufts and then Cabrini and SUNY Cortland on back-to-back days in the Mustang Classic on March 20 and 21.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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