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Mustangs can’t slow down RIT in NCAA loss

Ross Dinan made 16 saves, but not even that could slow RIT’s relentless assault on the Mustang’s goal.

The Stevenson men’s lacrosse team have made some impressive comebacks before this season, but the No. 2 RIT jumped out to a 7-1 lead after only eight minutes had come off the clock in the game, the Mustangs were just in too big of a hole against too good of an opponent to make a legitimate comeback attempt.

Stevenson was able to cut their deficit down to four goals by the end of the third quarter but never threatened the Tigers before they put things away with a 6-1 scoring advantage in the fourth quarter. RIT ended Stevenson’s season by handing them a 17-8 defeated, their biggest loss since losing to RIT 18-9 in February of last year and tied for the largest margin of defeat since losing to Salisbury 20-10 in the 2008 CAC Championship game.

The Mustangs just did not have or at least weren’t afforded the offense to compete with the Tigers. They scored only eight times on 35 shots and saw only five players score in the game. RIT outshot them 58-35 in the game with nine different players scoring in their well spread out offensive attack.

Ryan Lee opened the scoring in the second minute for RIT before Tyler Fuhrman scored his first of two goals just over 90 seconds later to even the game. But it would not be close for very long. RIT scored six straight over just a four-minute span to take a 7-1 lead with 6:25 left in the opening quarter.

Wade Korvin finally ended the RIT run with a man-up goal, coming just 22 seconds after an unnecessary roughness penalty called on RIT’s Chris Brown. Kyle Karsian gave Stevenson a third goal before the end of the first quarter, but between his goal and Korvin’s goal was another RIT score.

RIT led 8-3 after the first quarter of the game and pushed ahead by seven when Aldan Milburn and Chad Levick scored two in a row to open the second quarter. Levick had two goals in the first quarter and completed his natural hat trick with 6:53 left in the second quarter. He had five total goals in the game.

The Mustangs still showed some fight before halftime with two goals in the final minute of the second quarter as Kyle D’Onofrio and Korvin scored just 47 seconds apart to make it a 10-5 game at the intermission.

Stevenson them outscored RIT 2-1 in the third quarter to make it just an 11-7 game. But RIT controlled the fourth quarter and put things out of reach with three straight goals to open the fourth quarter. With 10:09 left, RIT led 14-7. Stevenson did get one fourth quarter goal from Fuhrman, but the Tigers scored three more to end the game.

RIT beat Stevenson on ground balls 47-38 while 21 Mustangs turnovers led to just 16 clears on 27 attempts. RIT went 24-for-26 on clears and turned the ball over only 14 times in the game.

Stevenson goalkeeper Ross Dinan made 16 saves in the game. Justin Burnett was 13-for-24 on faceoffs and had seven ground balls. Dylan Harris had nine ground balls in the game.

Stevenson’s four-game winning streak ended in their ninth straight NCAA tournament. The Mustangs finished the year with a 14-6 record. They were ranked 13th heading into the NCAA Tournament.

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