OWINGS MILL, MD - The #7 ranked Stevenson University Mustangs lacrosse team needed three goals in the last eight minutes to pull away from Hampden-Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
A stingy defensive effort by both teams all game, neither squad would score for the next 18:35. Keller then converted on a Carter Mavromatis pass with 7:08 left in the first half to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead. Just under a minute later, Billy Burgoyne evened the game at 2-2. Tyler Reid put SU back up by one at 3:40, but Thomas Armstrong took a pass from Martin and put it in the back of the net for a man up goal at 2:11 to make it a 3-3 game at the half.
Hampden-Sydney took the lead back to open the third quarter when Armstrong scored a goal with help from Carter Mavromatis at the 13:28 mark. JP Coombe tied it up 30 seconds later, and Lea gave the Mustangs, 5-4 advantage off a man up goal at 11:04. Each team defense clamped down again as 7:14 ran off the clock before the Martin to Keller connection brought the game-tying goal at 3:50 with a 5-5 score going in to the final frame.
Stephen Banick scored on a man down go at 11:34, but Martin once again found Keller for a goal to make it 6-6 on the scoreboard with 10:46 remaining. Pat Candon put the hosts back on top at the 7:54 mark, and Peter Green scored three minutes later to provide the first multi-goal lead of the game for either team. Candon then provided an insurance goal with 3:03 left to provide the final 9-6 score.
Keller scored four goals while Armstrong had two, and Martin had four assists to go along with two from Carter Mavromatis. David Noftsinger got his first start in net and made 12 saves. Nate Norbo had four caused turnovers along with three groundballs, and Andrew Pritzlaff had six groundballs and two caused turnovers.
Candon and Lea each had two goals, and Green and Banick each contributed a goal and an assist. Stevenson won 13-of-19 faceoffs. The Tigers had slim advantages in groundballs (43-41) and turnovers (26-30). H-SC was 4-11 on extra man opportunities compared to 1-7 for SU. Stevenson held a 35-22 advantage in shots.
Hampden-Sydney returns to the field on Saturday, March 3, at 2:30 pm for an exhibition contest against St. John Fisher on Fulton Field.