OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Tournament MVP Ross Dinan turned aside 11 shots in goal and top-seeded Stevenson University dug out of an early 4-1 hole to post a 12-6 win over Albright College in the title game of the 2017 MAC Commonwealth Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
With the win, the Mustangs (13-5) claim their fifth straight MAC Commonwealth title, becoming the first team to win five straight MAC titles since Widener did so from 1996-2000. Stevenson also received the conference's automatic mid to the NCAA Tournament and will make its ninth straight NCAA appearance.
Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene won his 200th career game with Saturday's victory. He is 200-55 in 13 seasons at the helm of the Mustangs.
Albright (9-7) scored the game's first goal to take a 1-0 lead and scored three times in the final 3:30 of the first quarter to go up 4-1 after one. Stevenson then held the Lions scoreless for the next 37 minutes and scored the next nine goals to build a 10-4 lead after three quarters.
A transition goal by senior Jacob Brown with 7:30 left in the second quarter tied the game, then Stevenson took its first lead with 4:02 left in the half on a tally by senior Morgan Pritchett. Sean Ohlhaver scored with 2:57 left and the Mustangs took a 6-4 lead into intermission.
Kyle Karsian upped Stevenson's lead to 7-4 46 seconds into the third quarter. The Mustangs outscored Albright 4-0 in the third and a goal from midfield by Tyler Fuhrman as time expired made it 10-4 heading into the final quarter.
Albright pulled within 10-6 as Cam Cetrone broke the Lion scoring drought with 8:12 left, and Nick Tonno scored at the 6:13 mark. Fuhrman and Kyle D'Onofrio each scored in the final three minutes to account for the final.
Tonno gave Albright a 1-0 lead 3:08 into the game, before Stevenson tied the game on a JT Thelen goal at the 9:50 mark. The Lions scored three goals in the final 3:30, including twice in the final minute, and a Cetrone goal with 31 seconds to play put the guests up 4-1.
Dinan finished with 11 saves and had 19 saves in the two tournament games while allowing just seven goals. Albright counterpart Ryan Aler had 13 saves as the Mustangs outshot the Lions 51-31. Stevenson won 11-of-19 faceoffs and committed just one penalty on the evening.
D'Onofrio finished with three goals, while Karsian, Thelen and Fuhrman each totaled two goals. Brown, Ohlhaver and Pritchett each added single tallies. Defensively, Dylan Harris totaled three caused turnovers and seven ground balls while also contributing a pair of assists, while Dominic DeFazio had three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls. Brown picked up four ground balls, while freshman Justin Burnette won 10-of-18 faceoffs and picked up seven ground balls.
Stevenson will learn its next opponent Sunday evening when the NCAA selection show airs at 9:00 pm Eastern on NCAA.com.
Head Coach Paul Cantabene picked up his 200th career victory as the Mustangs took home their 5th straight MAC Commonwealth Championship.
MAC Commonwealth Tournament MVP Ross Dinan talks about the team's 5th straight conference championship.