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Mustangs battle for another tough win

Kyle D’Onofrio scored four goals as the No. 7 Stevenson Mustangs men’s lacrosse team earned a 12-9 victory over the No. 16 Lynchburg Hornets on Friday night, the first night of the annual Mustang Classic. Stevenson improved to 3-1 with their third-straight victory. All four teams the Mustangs have played this year have been against ranked opponents.

While D’Onofrio led the way, he had plenty of help as seven Mustangs in all scored. Stevenson’s steady control and aggressive offensive nature led to a 52-39 shot advantage.

Why the Hornets were able to prevent the high-powered Mustangs from pulling away was because of the strong play of goalkeeper CJ Santora. He made 16 saves in the game, including six in both the second and fourth quarters of the game. Evan Lombardo also had a hat trick while Kevin Rogers and Andrew Thomas both scored twice while dishing an assist in the game for the Hornets.

Kyle Karsian got the Mustangs on the board just 59 seconds into the game. Stevenson needed much more time to add to their lead, but JT Thelen and D’Onofrio were both able to score to put the Mustangs ahead 3-0 with 7:45 remaining in the first quarter.

The Hornets powered back and scored three of the next four goals to make it a 4-3 game after the first quarter. Ethan Christensen was the other Mustangs goal scorer. He finished the game with four points on two goals and two assists.

Lynchburg then scored two goals in the first minute of the second half to take a 5-4 lead. But the Mustangs were able to regain control of the game, handled possessions, tightened up defensively and shut the Hornets out for 20 minutes going into the third quarter.

D’Onofrio scored tied the game with his second goal of the game with 7:54 remaining in the second quarter. The score remained 5-5 at halftime. Then the Mustangs scored four goals in a row to open the third quarter to give themselves a solid cushion.

Brandon Watson scored the first goal of the third quarter and second in an overall five-goal run. Sean Ohlhaver then followed with a pair of goals just 71 seconds apart from each other. Wade Korvin put Stevenson ahead 9-5 with a man-up goal off an assist by Christensen with 9:58 remaining in the period. The extra-man opportunity was created by an illegal procedure called on Lynchburg’s Robert Logan. The Hornets were just four seconds away from killing the 30-second man-up but Korvin was able to capitalize.

Lynchburg refused to go away, but just like how the Mustangs won a fight against Ohio Wesleyan last weekend, Stevenson showed their toughness and resolved and endured.

Lynchburg rattled off three-straight goals to make it a one-score game at 9-8 by the end of the third quarter, but Stevenson refused to let them tie the game. Christensen scored 55 seconds into the fourth quarter to end the Hornets run and give themselves an extra insurance goal on their lead. The Hornets cut it back to one goal four minutes later when Rogers scored his second goal of the game, but D’Onofrio netted two unassisted scores to end the game.

Stevenson shut Lynchburg out for nearly the final 10 minutes of the game.

Stevenson will play game two of the Mustang Classic on Saturday night. They will host sixth-ranked York (Pa) at 8 pm.

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