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No. 12 Mustangs hold off Pride for 10-8 win

Kyle D’Onofrio led Stevenson with four goals and five points.

A strong run was made at them, but the No. 12 Stevenson Mustangs men’s lacrosse team were able to extend their winning streak to five straight while remaining unbeaten at 37-0 all-time in regular season MAC Commonwealth competition as they withstood a fourth quarter run by Widener for a 10-8 victory.

Stevenson led 9-5 after 45 minutes but Widener got within one goal with less than two minutes remaining. But Mustang freshman Justin Burnette got a clutch faceoff victory, picked up the ground ball and just 48 seconds later Kyle D’Onofrio added the extra insurance goal to make it a 10-8 score.

Widener won the faceoff after D’Onofrio’s goal and the Pride had a man-up opportunity for the final 59 seconds of the game, but Ross Dinan made a save, Stevenson cleared the ball and ran out the final few seconds for the victory.

D’Onofrio led Stevenson with four goals and five points while JT Thelen had a hat trick. Dinan finished the game with seven saves.

What cost Widener the potential upset were 24 turnovers and just a 17-for-23 effort in the clearing game. Stevenson ended up outshooting the Pride 48-32 in the game.

Stevenson never trailed in the game either, which also put tremendous pressure on the Pride. Stevenson is a powerful enough team where opponents cannot afford to be in a catch-up position. Stevenson jumped out to a three-goal lead after D’Onofrio scored the first two goals of the game before assisting Kyle Karsian on the third.

Widener responded with two goals to get back within one score, but Stevenson out-scored the Pride 3-1 in the second quarter to take a 6-3 lead into the intermission.

Once again, Widener had back-to-back goals, but Stevenson responded even better with three straight to push up to a 9-5 lead. That four-goal lead was enough to withstand the three-goal run by Widener in the fourth quarter before their clutch faceoff win and clutch save.

Stevenson will remain on the road for their next game, another MACC opponent. They will travel to Alvernia on Thursday for a 4 pm contest.

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