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Sea Gulls pull away from Mustangs

Morgan Pritchette netted two first quarter goals but while the team was competitive through the first three, Salisbury pulled away in the fourth quarter to hand the Mustangs their third-straight loss.

Morgan Pritchette netted two first quarter goals but while the team was competitive through the first three, Salisbury pulled away in the fourth quarter to hand the Mustangs their third-straight loss.

Playing competitive lacrosse has not been a problem for Stevenson, playing competitive lacrosse for the entire game has been. The No. 19 Stevenson Mustangs were able to hang with No. 2 Salisbury for three quarters on Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium, but the Sea Gulls were able to pull away with a dominant fourth quarter to earn the 13-6 victory.

Stevenson was shutout in the fourth quarter as Salisbury netted five scores, completing a six-goal run to end the game.

Nothing separated the two teams in the first half. Wade Korvin opened the game with a feed to Matt Tompkins as he scored his seventh goal of the season just a minute and a half into the game. But Salisbury responded soon after. Lito Flanagan was sent off for one minute following a slashing penalty and the Sea Gulls scored in the extra-man opportunity as Thomas Cirillo scored his 13th goal off the year off an assist by James Burton.

But neither team could separate themselves through the first three quarters. Morgan Pritchett gave Stevenson the lead back four minutes later after the Mustangs took advantage of a turnover by Cirillo, that ended man-up situation for the Sea Gulls. A minute after the teams turned even the Mustangs cleared the ball and Pritchett put Stevenson back in the lead.

Another penalty by Stevenson, though, was capitalized on. John Berthcsi was called for a push and Cirillo scored a second man-up goal in the game as Salisbury re-tied it. They were actually able to take a lead with a transition goal following a save by Joshua Dean. After Parish Young’s attempt was saved the Sea Gulls quickly moved the ball up the field and in just 10 seconds Brady Dashiell netted the goal.

Stevenson was not ready to allow Salisbury to build their momentum, however. Stevenson got the ball after Duncan Campbell was called for a face off violation and while Tompkins’ initial shot was saved, Pritchett scored the on the second shot to tie the game at 3-3.

In the second quarter, a turnover by Stephen Banick resulted in a scoring possession for Salisbury as Garrett Reynolds scored his sixth goal of the year, but once again Stevenson was able to tie the game.

A save by Connor Skeen with 4:34 remaining in the half gave Stevenson the possession back and they called a quick timeout to set up a play. Not even a minute later they scored as Pat Candon hit Korvin for the goal.

Salisbury won the ensuing face off and Cirillo netted his third goal of the game with 2:53 remaining to put Salisbury back ahead, but Stevenson tie it before the break as Korvin feed Tompkins again as the Mustangs tie the game at the break, 5-5.

Out of the break Salisbury was able to re-take the lead with another man-up goal just minute and a half when Nathan Blondino made Taylor Morgan pay for a one-minute unnecessary roughness call. He scored again just a minute later off a pass from Carson Kalama. Once again, Stevenson did not let them get far away. Just a minute after Blondino scored his second goal, Tompkins completed his hat trick in a man-up situation to get back within one goal.

But that would be all for the Mustangs. Stevenson won every face off in the third quarter but had eight turnovers in both the third and fourth quarters that prevented them from getting in an offensive rhythm.

Kalama netted an unassisted goal to get Salisbury back up by two goals at the end of the third quarter before the Sea Gulls out-scored Stevenson 5-0 in the fourth quarter. Kalama scored two more goals in the fourth quarter to complete his hat trick. Blondino scored a third goal in the fourth quarter as well. Christian Ottenritte and Dashiell also scored in the fourth quarter.

Since winning their opener against conference rival Alvernia, Stevenson has lost three-straight games but the losses have come against No. 3 RIT, No. 2 Salisbury and a Western New England team that is receiving votes. Four of Stevenson’s next six games are against teams ranked while another is receiving votes. They will next travel to No. 12 Cortland on Saturday before hosting No. 8 Cabrini and Dickinson (receiving votes) the following weekend in the Greene Turtle Classic. They will then host No. 1 Tufts near the end of the month. No. 15 Lynchburg is on their schedule in early April.

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