Strong Start, FInish Moves No. 2 RIT Past No. 13 Stevenson

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Second-ranked RIT jumped out to an 8-3 lead after one quarter and scored six times in the final frame as it downed No. 13 Stevenson 17-8 in the third round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium.  The Tigers (18-2), who see their win streak extended to 13 games, advance to Wednesday's quarterfinals and will host SUNY Cortland.

Stevenson (14-6), which was making its ninth straight NCAA appearance, saw a four-game win streak snapped.

RIT scored six straight goals in the first period to open up a 7-1 lead and led 8-3 after one period.  The Tigers extended their lead to 10-3 before Stevenson scored twice in the final minute before halftime to cut the advantage to five.  Senior Kyle D'Onofrio scored off a feed from Brandon Watson with 49 seconds to go, then with just 2.1 seconds left, a behind-the-back goal from senior Wade Korvin made it 10-5 at intermission.

JD Hall made it 11-5 just over two minutes into the third period for RIT, but a man up goal by junior Kyle Karsian with 4:05 again cut the Tiger lead to five.  With 19 seconds to go in the third, sophomore JT Thelen scored off a Watson pass to pull Stevenson within 11-7.

RIT scored 41 seconds into the final frame on a Braden Wallace man-up tally then scored two more to make it 14-7 with 10:09 left.  Senior Tyler Fuhrman scored on a great individual move with 9:35 left to make it 14-8, but that would be the final goal for the Mustangs as RIT scored three more goals in the final 7:51.

Ryan Lee gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead 1:52 into the contest, before Fuhrman scored in transition to tie the game 1-1 at the 11:47 mark.  RIT rattled off six straight goals in a span of 5:22, capped by a Lee man up tally, to go up 7-1 with 6:25 to go in the opening quarter.  Korvin stopped the run with a man-up goal at the 4:02 mark.  RIT scored with 4:02 left before Karsian scored with just under 10 seconds to go to make it 8-3 after one quarter.

Nick Nesbitt turned aside 14 shots for RIT, while Stevenson senior Ross Dinan recorded a career-best 16 saves as the Tigers outshot the Mustangs 58-35.  Both teams won 13 faceoffs, but the Tigers picked up nine more ground balls (47-38).  Stevenson also was just 16-27 on its clear attempts and had 21 turnovers, while the hosts went 24-26 and had 14 turnovers.

Fuhrman, Korvin and Karsian each had a pair of goals, with Korvin adding an assist.  Thelen and D'Onofrio each notched a goal and an assist, while Watson recorded two assists.  Ethan Christensen also notched an assist.

Korvin also posted a pair of caused turnovers.  Freshman Justin Burnette won 13-of-24 faceoffs and also picked up seven ground balls.  Sophomore Dylan Harris picked up nine ground balls and had a caused turnover, while senior Drew Cormode had a caused turnovers to go along with his six ground balls.

Men's Lacrosse NCAA 3rd Round at RIT Postgame with Paul Cantabene
May 13, 2017

Head Coach Paul Cantabene talks about the team's loss to RIT in the 3rd Round of the NCAA Tournament.