Rossi Leads Stevenson Past Nazareth
from press release
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's lacrosse junior Tony Rossi scored all four of his goals in the second half, including two of the team's final three as the fifth-ranked Mustangs rallied with three goals in the final 7:48 to post an 8-6 victory over Nazareth Friday night in the Mustang Classic at Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson (7-1) posted its second win in as many all-time meetings against the Flyers despite being held to its lowest total of the season in both goals and shots (40).
It was a game of runs as the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead on goals by freshman Tyler Fuhrman, senior Glen Tompkins and sophomore Joe Balestrieri, the final two of which were assisted by senior Chris Dashiell.
Nazareth (2-4) would get on the board with just 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter on the first of two goals by Troy Haefele. The tally sparked a 4-0 run for the Flyers who took a 4-3 lead with 9:20 left in the third while holding the Mustangs scoreless for a span of 27:38.
The game featured four ties and five lead changes, two which took place in the fourth quarter. After back-to-back goals by Rossi gave Stevenson a 5-4 advantage with 5:04 remaining in the third, Nazareth posted two-straight tallies by Collin Clark and Matt O'Neil to regain the lead at the 12:48 mark of the fourth.
Rossi's third goal of the game tied it for the fourth and final time at 6-6 with 7:48 to play before Tompkins scored the game-winner at 6:00 to give the Mustangs the lead for good. Both goals were assisted by sophomore Stephen Banick who has scored at least one point in all eight games this season, including eight in the last two.
Rossi added his fourth goal as insurance with 4:59 remaining and has now scored 14 of his 16 goals this season at home.
One bright spot for Stevenson offensively continues to be its man-up unit who was 3-for-6 against the Flyers and is ranked seventh in Division III, converting on 50.0 percent of its opportunities (26-for-52).
Tompkins finished with two goals and an assist while sophomore Dimitri Pecunes had eight saves, including three in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Callum Robinson added six ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Clark and Luke Wooters each finished with three points for Nazareth with Clark and Haefele each finding the back of the net twice. Scott Brown totaled six saves for the Flyers while A.J. Small had three caused turnovers.
The inaugural Mustang Classic continues on Saturday with No. 10 Lynchburg facing Nazareth at 5:00 p.m., followed by Stevenson and No. 6 Cortland at 7:30 p.m. Earlier on Friday, Lynchburg's Rob Arnold scored with less than five seconds remaining in overtime to give the Hornets a 10-9 victory over Cortland.
The Mustangs lead the overall series with the Red Dragons 2-1, but lost the last meeting between the two on Mar. 17, 2012 at Cortland, 13-9. Saturday will pit Stevenson's seventh-ranked man-up offense against the nation's eighth-best man-down defense as the Red Dragons have allowed just two goals in 24 opportunities (91.7 percent).
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