OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's lacrosse junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted a hat trick and scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:46 remaining in the fourth quarter as the fourth-ranked Mustangs defeated St. Mary's (Md.) in the semifinals of the CAC Men's Lacrosse Championship Wednesday at Mustang Stadium, 10-8.
The Mustangs (14-3) will face Salisbury in Saturday's CAC title game for the fourth consecutive season and the last time before they depart for the Middle Atlantic Conference in 2013. The game will also mark the 10th meeting between the two schools since 2008.
Stevenson and Salisbury have met in the conference championship game every season that the Mustangs have been a member of the CAC except in 2007 when they were beaten in the semifinals by St. Mary's (Md.), 8-7.
Stevenson took its largest lead of the game at 7-2 on an unassisted tally by senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) with 6:07 left in the third quarter.
After being held scoreless for over 28 minutes, the Seahawks (10-6) would score six of the next seven goals in a span of 11:40 to knot the game at 8-8.
Both teams fired off 28 shots while Stevenson held a slight edge in ground balls, 31-27. St. Mary's (Md.) held more than a 2-to-1 edge in face-offs and capitalized on both extra-man opportunities. The Seahawks turned the ball over 23 times, four more than the Mustangs, including a critical turnover by Justin Harty with 1:00 remaining that sealed the victory for Stevenson.
Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) made six saves while counterpart Stu Wheeler made nine.
Saturday's CAC championship game will be held at Salisbury's Sea Gull Stadium with opening face-off scheduled for 2:00 p.m.