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Tiger Lacrosse Hosts #3 Stevenson Mustangs on Saturday

Austin Black
Austin Black

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA - The Tigers will host the #3 Stevenson University Mustangs on Saturday, one of three preseason ranked teams on the H-SC schedule. To view the game notes, please click here. The game will be webcasted along with live stats.

The Storyline
Hampden-Sydney took a 9-8 decision on Saturday in snowy conditions on Hellmuth-Pritzlaff Turf Field.

• The win gave Ray Rostan his 300th career win, making him one of only 11 coaches in NCAA history to earn 300 wins.

• In the season opener, Ryan Martin scored the game-winning goal with 1.6 seconds remaining in the contest.

Jess Hawthorne, Thomas Armstrong, Abbot Wallenborn, and Ryan Martin each scored two goals. Corey Mavromatis handed out two assists while Mike Funk had a goal and an assist.

Brad Mostowy was dominant on face-offs, winning 14-of-20 with 15 ground balls.

Cody Hornung and David Noftsinger played 30 minutes in net as the two each made seven saves.

• Stevenson won their season opener on Saturday against Nazareth 17-11. mark Pennenton led SU with five goals but took 20 shots. Peter Green added three scores. The Mustangs won 17-of-32 face-offs.

Previous Meeting
• Hampden-Sydney lost a 9-6 decision on February 25, 2012 at Owings Mill, MD.

• The game was tied at 5-5 after three quarters and 6-6 with 10:46 remaining.

• Micah Keller scored four goals while Thomas Armstrong had two scores. Ryan Martin had four assists, and Carter Mavromatis had two helpers.

• David Noftsinger received the start in net, making 12 saves.

• Brad Mostowy won just 6-of-19 face-offs.

• Pat Candon and Justin Lea had two goals each for the Mustangs.

• Ian Bolland made six saves for Stevenson.

Scouting the Mustangs
• Stevenson has quickly arisen into a national contender in the late 2000s. Through 2006, then known as Villa Julie, the school struggled with mostly losing and .500 seasons. Paul Cantabene was hired for the 2007 season and the Mustangs have been a top 20 team and a NCAA Tournament contender ever since.

• The Mustangs finished last season 18-5 with a #5 season ending ranking. Of their five losses, three came at the hands of perennial national champion Salisbury. Stevenson saw their season come to an end in the Final Four with a 7-2 loss at the hands of Salisbury.

• Last year's leading scorer, Stephen Banick, finished the year with 36 goals and 27 assists but did not play in the Mustangs season opener. Also gone are 29 goals and four assists from Justin Lea. Also having to be replaced is starting goalkeeper Ian Bolland. However, Stevenson returns six of their top 10 leading scorers, along with a stud Cortland transfer, in addition to two of their three top face-off players, and the majority of their defense.