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Mustags roll over Widener and to MACC title game

By: Brandon Harrison

JT Thelen scored three goals and had three assists to lad Stevenson back to the MACC Championship game.

The run of dominance continues for the Stevenson Mustangs men’s lacrosse team. On Wednesday they advanced to their fifth straight MAC Commonwealth championship game with a dominant 18-2 victory over the visiting Widener Pride.

The top-seeded Mustangs were able to get their shots off during the first 10 minutes of the game, but could not seem to find the goal as the game remained scoreless for most of the first period. Turnovers were mostly hampering the Mustangs. Then, JT Thelen scored the first goal of the game and the Mustangs never looked back, going on a 6-0 run into the second period to break away from the Pride.

Four different Mustangs scored hat tricks in the game. Thelen, D’Onofrio, Kyle Karsian and Tyler Fuhrman all had three goals. Thelen also had three assists to go with his three goals.

“I like the way we were playing, I just through we got to keep grinding and they will start to fall and I think that’s exactly what we did,” head coach Paul Cantabene said.

Keep grinding has been the mantra for the Mustangs all year long and it reflected on the stat sheet as they outshot the Pride 58-24 in the game. The limited number of Widener shots was a result of a great Mustangs offense and ball control.

“We did a good job offensively cause we had the ball so much offensively we limited what they could do,” Cantabene said. “Usually they want to hold the ball, take their time and the first time we played them that’s what they did and they were able to get some quality shots out of it. I think we did a good job of having the ball and making them more nervous on their end and when they got it early in their possession and turned it over.”

Widener came out of halftime looking to make a comeback during the third quarter but was unable to keep possession long enough to get good looks at the goal. The Pride was able to score two goals in the second half from Brady Franks and Drew Amsley, but overall turnovers sunk any chance they had of upsetting the top-seeded Mustangs. Widener turned the ball over 22 times and eight of them came during the third period. Stevenson was able to add eight more goals to their total in the third, scoring fast and in bunches, which is typical of the squad.

The Mustangs scored three more goals in the fourth quarter to secure the victory and spot in the championship game, where they will host Albright on Saturday at 7 pm. The Lions upset second-seeded Messiah 14-10. The two teams played a little over a month ago and Stevenson rolled to an 18-8 victory.

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Brandon Harrison

Staff Writer
Ever since his birth, you could not find Brandon without a ball in his hands. Any sport he could find Brandon played and played very well he might add. A remarkable baseball infielder, Brandon could play with the best of the best and even earned himself a full scholarship to play for Gilman, one of the best high schools in Maryland. Unfortunately, life (read: injury) did not permit Brandon to reach his full potential on the diamond but don't tell him that as he still believes he's the next Derek Jeter, but that is neither here nor there. Nowadays, Brandon spends his time attending Morgan State University as a Sports Management major. He hopes to change the world using sports to bridge the gaps that still divide people today and one day he just might accomplish this goal, as long as he doesn't get injured trying.

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