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Mustangs roll to another big win over Lycoming

Brandon Watson led Stevenson with five goals against Lycoming.

It took a little bit longer than expected to pull away, but indeed, the Stevenson Mustangs men’s lacrosse team rolled to another big MAC Commonwealth victory on Tuesday night as they beat the visiting Lycoming College Warriors, 22-8.

Lycoming hung in with Stevenson for the first 15 minutes of the game, but a 9-2 scoring differential in the second quarter gave the Mustangs a double-digit goal lead at halftime and they never looked back.

“I think we played well offensively and it was great to see but I think we’ve played offensively all year,” head coach Paul Cantabene said.

It’s easy to understand why he felt that way. Stevenson outshot the Warriors 67-23 in the game, reaching double-digits in shots in ever quarter. Ten different Mustangs scored in the game with five of them having multi-goal games. Brandon Watson led the Mustangs with five goals while JT Thelen had six points off three goals and three assists. Kyle D’Onofrio scored four goals with one assist and Tyler Fuhrman had a hat trick.

After Stevenson scored the first two goals of the game, the Warriors and Mustangs went back-and-forth before a man-down goal got the Warriors within one score at 4-3 with 4:13 left in the first period. But back-to-back goals by Thelen pushed the Mustangs ahead 6-3 at the end of the first quarter. Stevenson then continued on to score the first four goals of the second quarter for an overall six-score run. Thelen made it three straight scored just 42 seconds into the second quarter with a quick scored at the right post.

With 9:55 left in the second quarter, Fuhrman completed the run when he took a pass while he was at the crease and deked his defender for the score.

Lycoming ended the Mustang run with 9:13 left in the second quarter as Andrew Ream put one past Mustang goalkeeper Ross Dinan while he was both spinning and falling to the ground.

But the Mustangs rattled off four more goals to get ahead 14-4. Both teams exchanged goals in the final minute of the game to make it a 15-5 score at the intermission.

After halftime, the Mustangs afforded themselves the opportunity to rotate a lot of different players into the game and rest some of their top starters, which could prove to be particularly important with a quick turnaround and another game against Hood on just 24 hours later against Hood.

Stevenson’s offense wasn’t as prolific in the second half, and they did not score at all in the fourth quarter, but they opened the second half with three straight goals before the Warriors scored. Stevenson then scored four more goals in a row to take a 22-6 lead.

Lycoming scored the only two goals in the fourth quarter, but the game was long over by that point.

Stevenson doubled up the Warriors at the faceoff X with 22-of-33 victories. Justin Burnett went 11-for-15 from the X while Dan Halla went 6-for-11. Nathaniel Lequang and Rocco Bruno also had faceoff victories.

Stevenson beat Lycoming on ground balls 55-31 in the game.

Defensively, the Mustangs caused 16 of Lycoming’s 30 turnovers. However, despite that, and limiting the Warriors to only eight goals in a blowout, Cantabene was far from thrilled with his team’s effort on that end of the field.

“Defensively, that was probably one of our worst performances of the year,” he said. “I don’t think the guys respected them. We can’t do that. Defense can never rest.”

Lycoming was able to hang around early in the game and even scored a man-down goal before the Mustangs pulled away. Cantabene said that he believes his players looked at the long history of blowouts the Mustangs have had against Lycoming in the past and figured they would roll over them again.

“We need to be better at respecting our opponent,” he said.

And that is something he believes his team will be better at when his team plays Hood on Wednesday with less than a 24-hour turnaround.

“They understand my feeling of how we played but they’ve been really good for most of the year,” he said. “I think they’ll bounce back. It’s a mentality thing. I don’t think they were mentally ready to go because we’ve beaten Lycoming over the years.”

Cantabene also said that with his team’s history of back-to-back games in both the annual Mustang Classic and in tournaments, they’ll be ready for the Blazers. That game is set to face off at 7 pm.

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