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Mustangs pull away from Messiah for 14-10 win

JT Thelen had four of his five goals come in the second half as Stevenson pulled away from Messiah.

Maybe they have been tripped up by non-conference opponents throughout the year, but the No. 14 Stevenson men’s lacrosse team are still far ahead of the rest of their conference opponents. On Saturday night the Mustangs completed their fifth straight unbeaten conference slate since joining the MAC Commonwealth in 2013 by beating the Messiah Falcons, 14-10 in Grantham, Pennsylvania. The victory also earned them another MACC regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. They will host the lowest remaining seed on Wednesday, May 3 at 7 pm.

But while the Mustangs improved to 40-0 all-time against their MACC competition, Messiah certainly refused to go down without a fight. Stevenson was actually up against the ropes early as the Falcons scored three of the game’s first four goals and faced a hot goalie, Sam Stengel, who finished with 20 saves on the night.

The Mustangs were able to tie the game with two goals in the final four minutes of the first quarter, scored by Kyle D’Onofrio and Morgan Pritchett, but Blake Knobloch scored his second goal of the game just 35 seconds into the second period to get the Falcons back ahead.

Stevenson was finally able to push ahead as they got into an offensive rhythm in the second period, however. Tyler Fuhrman tied the game back up with 13:19 left in the period and sparked a four-goal Mustangs run. Fuhrman bookended the run with goals while Sean Ohlhaver scored twice in between.

Still, Messiah refused to go away. A one-minute cross-check on Fuhrman late in the second quarter put the Falcons up a player and with four seconds remaining before halftime Luke Hall took advantage to make it a 7-5 game at the break.

That goal, ending a 14-minute-plus scoring drought for the Falcons, gave them some life going into halftime and their defense was the benefactor as they held the Mustangs to just one goal for the first 11 minutes of the third quarter.

JT Thelen, who scored Stevenson’s first goal of the game, scored his second of a team-high five goals to open the third period. However, Messiah would respond with three-straight in just a minute and a half to tie the game again at 8-8. Stengel also had nine of his saves in the third quarter to make things extra difficult for Stevenson’s offense.

But Thelen was on fire in the second half. He scored again at the end for the third quarter to put the Mustangs ahead 9-8 with only 15 minute remaining. He scored two more times in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter as the Mustangs pulled away. Including Thelen’s goal at the end of the third quarter, Stevenson went on an overall five-goal run to push ahead 14-8. Wade Korvin, D’Onofrio and Ethan Christensen also scored in the period. Thelen had the helper on Christensen’s goal that put them up by six goals with 7:59 left in the game.

Messiah was able to score twice, in the final minute of the game, but Stevenson had their best effort at the faceoff X, winning five of the seven taken, to keep the Falcons from getting any momentum. Prior to the fourth quarter’s start, the Falcons were beating the Mustangs at the X, 11-7.

Stevenson was able to overcome their deficit at the X for most of the game, and the hot Falcons goalie, with a smothering defense of their own that caused 13 of Messiah’s 22 turnovers. Messiah also failed on four of their clear attempts.

Three different Stevenson players had two caused turnovers. Ten overall caused one. Jacob Brown led Stevenson with six ground balls.

The Mustangs will host either fourth-seeded Widener or fifth-seeded Lebanon Valley in their semifinal contest.

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