No. 3 Stevenson Blows by Seahawks in CAC Opener
St. Mary's City, Md. - Junior attackman Steve Kazimer (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) tallied a game-high five points on four goals and an assist as Kazimer led the third-ranked Stevenson University men's lacrosse team to a decisive 13-4 Capital Athletic Conference victory over St. Mary's College of Maryland Wednesday afternoon in the league opener for both teams.
The two teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first quarter as sophomore middie Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) struck first for the Mustangs at 10:50, while junior captain Ryan Alexander (Laurel, Md./Pallotti) knotted the game at 8:28 with a man-up goal.
Stevenson (5-0, 1-0 CAC) rattled off three unanswered goals to start the second period before sophomore attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn) notched one for the Seahawks. Back-to-back goals by senior middie Chris Baldwin (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) in a 1:06-minute span gave the Mustangs a 6-2 halftime lead.
Two consecutive goals by Kazimer and one by senior middie Nicola Bevacqua (Boonton Twp., N.J./Mountain Lakes) upped Stevenson's lead to 9-2 at 7:05 in the third stanza. Freshman middie Billy Scheurer (Telford, Pa./Souderton Area) stopped the Mustang run with his first collegiate goal at 3:50. Kazimer notched his fourth goal of the game with 1:47 left in the third.
The Mustangs outscored St. Mary's (1-3, 0-1 CAC) 3-1 in the final quarter as Scheurer netted the Seahawks' lone goal at 11:58 on an extra-man opportunity.
Senior middie Brett Yoder (Parkton, Md./Hereford) added a goal and two assists, while senior middie Greg Furshman (Miami, Fla./Towson) and Baldwin each finished with two goals.
The Mustangs dominated the face-offs with a 16-of-21 effort as sophomore Joe Valderas (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) won 8-of-9, while Furshman was 7-of-11.
Scheurer ended with a pair of goals, while Rosson had a goal and two assists to pace the Seahawk offense.
Stevenson rattled off 50 shots to St. Mary's 24, while the Mustangs owned a 37-26 advantage in ground balls as junior middie Tyler Maguire (Montauk, N.Y./Whittier) and sophomore defenseman Evan Douglass (Exeter, N.H./Exeter) each scooped up a game-high five.
The Mustangs' junior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville, Md./Dulaney) picked up 11 saves in 55 minutes, while sophomore Pat Simpson (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) had 11 stops in three quarters of play in the loss.
St. Mary's will return to action this Saturday, March 14 when the Seahawks host the College of Wooster in Seahawk Stadium for a non-conference game at 1:00.