Second Half Push Moves No. 6 York Past No. 7 Mustangs

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Sixth-ranked York (Pa.) College scored six of the game's final seven goals as it defeated No. 7 Stevenson University 11-8 in the second round of the Mustang Classic men's lacrosse tournament Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.

York (8-1) trailed 7-5 with 5:55 left in the third quarter following a man-up goal by Stevenson junior Kyle Karsian before the Spartans scored three times in the final 2:21 of the frame to take an 8-7 lead to the fourth quarter. Dillon Hannah scored at the 2:21 mark, followed by a man-up goal by Hunter Davis at the 1:33 mark.  Thomas Pfeiffer gave the Spartans their first lead since the first quarter with 42 seconds left in the third.

The Spartans scored three more goals in the fourth to extend their lead to 11-7 with 5:34 left on another Davis goal.  Sophomore JT Thelen broke a Stevenson (3-2) scoring drought of over 17 minutes with a goal with 3:25 left to pull within 11-8, but that goal closed out the scoring.

Senior Kyle D'Onofrio gave Stevenson an early 1-0 lead just over three minutes into the game.  York scored the next two goals, with a Pfeiffer man-up tally at 7:43 giving it a 2-1 lead.  A three-goal spurt over the span of 57 seconds pushed the Mustangs to a 4-2 lead after one.  D'Onofrio scored at 5:10, followed by a Karsian man-up goal at 4:39.  Senior Wade Korvin scored at the 4:13 mark to make it 4-2.

Stevenson extended its lead to 5-2 just over five minutes into the second quarter on a goal by senior Bryce Spruill.  The Spartans scored the final two goals of the frame to pull within 5-4 at intermission.

Neither team scored in the third until the 6:56 mark when D'Onofrio scored to make it 6-4.  The Spartans answered 48 seconds later as Brendan McGrath scored his first of the game.  Five players finished with two goals apiece for York.

D'Onofrio totaled three goals and two assists to lead Stevenson, while Karsian had a pair of goals and Thelen added a goal and an assist.

Landry Marshall had nine saves in goal for York, while Mustang counterpart senior Ross Dinan had eight saves as the Spartans outshot their hosts 31-30, including 15-8 over the final 30 minutes.  York picked up 34 ground balls to Stevenson's 20, while the guests won 13-of-22 faceoffs, including all five in the fourth.

Stevenson was whistled for nine penalties for a total of 7:30 while the Spartans had four flags thrown against them for a total of 3:30.  The Mustangs did go 2-4 in man-up situations while York was 2-6.

Stevenson returns to action Tuesday night when it hosts third-ranked Tufts in a 7:00 contest at Mustang Stadium, the sixth straight ranked opponent to start the season for the Mustangs.

2017 Mustang Classic York vs Stevenson Postgame with Paul Cantabene
Mar 19, 2017

Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene talks about the team's loss to York in the finale of the 2017 Mustang Classic.