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No. 11 Mustangs topple No. 6 Bullets on the road

Wade Korvin posted a hat trick against Gettysburg.

It’s never a shock to see an elite level team like the Stevenson Mustangs men’s lacrosse team beat any opponent, but their 11-6 victory over the No. 6 Gettysburg Bullets has to be pretty sweet.

The Bullets reached the NCAA Division III semifinals a year ago and just took the No. 1 ranked Salisbury Seagulls into overtime in their last game. On the road, against that high level of an opponent, it was a mighty test for the Mustangs, but they rose to the challenge.

Senior attackman Wade Korvin scored three goals in the game while Justin Burnette and Nathaniel Lequang split duties and went 15-for-21 from the faceoff X to lead the Mustangs to the victory.

Gettysburgh scored first when Blake Gray got free and score an unassisted goal just over three minutes into the game. Stevenson wouldn’t let them hold that lead too long, though. Just under two minutes later Kyle Karsian finished a feed by Kyle D’Onofrio to tie the game at 1-1 with 11 minutes left in the first quarter.

Surprisingly, those would the only two goals scored in the first quarter. In a game featuring two high-powered offenses, the defenses took over for a while, but not too long into the second quarter things picked up.

And again after some early goals in the second quarter, the defenses took over again. In the first half there were 30 turnovers combined between the two teams and both teams were able to shut down extra man opportunities.

But before the defense picked back up, Gettysburg score first in the period again as Sean Fumani finished on a pass from Gray. And similar to the first quarter, it only took two minutes for Stevenson to tie the game when Tyler Fuhman netted a goal with 12:25 left before half.

The different between the first and second quarters, however, was that Stevenson was able to break through for a second time in the period. With just five seconds remaining in the first half, Korvin netted his first goal of the game.

By getting the lead at halftime the Mustangs seemed to have a little bit extra believe in their performance in the second half. Or at least seemed to be moving much smoother offensively.

Though Gettysburg once again scored first in the quarter, which they also did in the fourth quarter, Stevenson built on their lead with three goals in a row while shutting the Bullets down for the rest of the quarter. Just 50 seconds apart, JT Thelen scored two goals to grow their advantage to 5-3. Then with 44 seconds left in the period, Korvin had another big late quarter play with his second goal of the game, coming off a feed by Thelen.

Stevenson led 6-3 by the end of the quarter and with more growing confidence their offense nearly doubled their goal total in the fourth quarter.

After Tommy Heller’s goal for Gettysburg that came less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Stevenson rattled off three-straight goals to go up 9-4. Karsian scored his second goal of the game to start the run before Korvin completed his hat trick with 10:58 remaining in the game and D’Onofrio found the net four minutes later.

Heller scored again for Gettysburg with 5:02 remaining in the game, but the Mustangs wouldn’t let them make it a run. Instead Jacob Brown and Sean Ohlaver padded the Mustangs lad with goals a minute and a half apart.

Gray would score one final goal for the Bullets with 1:23 left, but the score was completely meaningless in the result.

Lito Flanagan led Stevenson with six ground balls in the game. Korving had four groundballs to go with his three goals while Dom DeFazio had four as well with a pair of caused turnovers. Ross Dinan finished with eight saves in the game.

Stevenson evened their record at 1-1 with the win and will play their home opener against Ohio Wesleyan next Saturday at 7 pm.

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