Senior Kyle D'Onofrio had a team-high four goals as No. 7 Stevenson University downed No. 17 Lynchburg 12-9 on Friday night at Mustang Stadium in non-conference men's lacrosse in the first day of the fourth annual Mustang Classic.
Stevenson (3-1) is on a three-game win streak since their season-opening loss to RIT on Feb. 25. All three victories for the Mustangs this season has been against nationally-ranked foes.
Seven different players scored for the Mustangs, with senior Sean Ohlhaver and freshman Ethan Christensen each scoring twice. Christensen also had a pair of assists. Senior Wade Korvin, juniors Brandon Watson and Kyle Karsian and sophomore JT Thelen each had single tallies.
Leading the Hornets (3-3) in scoring on the night was sophomore Evan Lombardo with a hat trick.
Stevenson entered the fourth quarter with a 9-8 lead, but the Mustangs needed just 55 seconds to score and make it 10-8 as Watson scored his second goal of the season. Kevin Rogers managed to score for the Hornets at the 9:54 mark to again make it a one-goal game, but it proved to be the last goal for the Hornets as Lynchburg committed five turnovers in the final seven minutes of the game. D'Onofrio scored again at the 8:20 mark and closed out the scoring with an empty netter with 17 seconds left.
In the opening quarter, Stevenson jumped out to a 3-0 lead 7:15 into the game. Karsian scored 59 seconds in, before Thelen scored at 9:30 and D'Onofrio at the 7:45 mark. Lombardo put Lynchburg on the board at the 6:37 mark. Lynchburg cut Stevenson's lead down to just one goal at the end of the quarter with a goal by Lombardo yet again making it 4-3. The Mustangs never trailed in the opening quarter.
Lynchburg took their first and only lead of the night in the second quarter as Seamus McDonald tied the game 4-4 before freshman Kevin Rogers scored for the Hornets at the 14:09 mark, giving the Hornets their first lead of the night 5-4. The Mustangs tied the game 5-5 with a goal by D'Onofrio at the 7:54 mark heading into halftime as neither team scored the rest of the half.
Stevenson scored four times in the first 5:02 of the third to take a 9-5 lead following Korvin's man-up tally. Despite the lead, the Hornets again cut the Mustangs lead within a goal at the 2:16 mark with a goal by Thomas making it 9-8.
Stevenson outshot Lynchburg 52-39 as senior Ross Dinan had seven saves on the night. Turnovers cost the Hornets as they turned the ball over to the Mustangs 17 times including six in the final quarter of the game. Stevenson committed a season-low 10 turnovers, its lowest turnover number since committing nine giveaways against Lycoming on April 13 of last season. The Mustangs won 15 of 25 faceoffs at the x, including 8-13 in the second half, with freshman Justin Burnette going 14-20.
Junior Lito Flanagan picked up 10 ground balls as the Mustangs led Lynchburg in that category 42-23. Burnette finished with five ground balls, while junior Dominic DeFazio had a pair of caused turnovers.
The Mustangs return to action Saturday night in the final game of the Mustang Classic against sixth-ranked York (Pa) at 8 p.m.
Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene talks about the team's victory over Lynchburg during the 2017 Mustang Classic.
Stevenson Freshman midfielder Ethan Christiansen talks about the team's victory over Lynchburg during the 2017 Mustang Classic.