March 29, 2014

#8 Hornets Controlled Offensively as #4 Stevenson Prevails

For immediate release—3/29/2014 - #279
#8 Hornets Controlled Offensively as #4 Stevenson Prevails

LYNCHBURG, VA—No. 4 Stevenson University controlled the top-ten matchup offensively, downing the No. 6 Lynchburg College men's lacrosse team 13-5 in a non-conference game on Saturday.

The Hornets got off to a quick start against the Mustangs as a violation on the opening faceoff awarded the ball to Lynchburg. Bobby Distler scooped the ground ball and raced up the field, finding Todd Galvin right in front of the goal for an opening tally five seconds into the game.

Stevenson answered two minutes later when the Mustang offense managed to get off three shots in a minute's time, two from Joe Balestieri and one by Glen Tomkins. Stevenson continued to retain possession and tied it up at 12:49 when Stephen Banick raced to the left and narrowly found a gap past Hornet goalie Andrew Fawkes.

Lynchburg managed to get off three shots in the next three minutes, two of which were saved by Dimitri Pecunes. The Mustang defense managed to keep the game tied, scoring on their next clear attempt when Glen Tomkins found the back of the cage at 9:09.

Galvin answered for the Hornets at 7:47 off an assist from Rob Arnold to tie it up once again. Stevenson responded with a 9-1 run to take the lead, 11-3, late in the third quarter.

The junior, Galvin, was the entire offense for the Hornets in the first half as the Stevenson defense did a good job of turning away the Lynchburg attacks. Galvin added the Hornet's third goal with just over ten minutes left in the second quarter to close the gap to two goals, 5-3, before the Mustangs added five more scores to close out the half with a 10-3 advantage.

Jordan Seivold, Tony Rossi, Alex Hardwick, Colin Dabney, Billy Burgoyne and Banick all scored in the run for the Mustangs, while two more goals from Tomkins gave him a first half hat trick.

Despite being outshot 30-10 in the first half, the Hornets managed to keep the Mustang offense in check for the majority of the third quarter. Chris Dashiell broke free for a score with 8:45 remaining in the third to increase the lead to 11-3, but Stevenson would not score again in the quarter. Fawkes made four saves in the third to give the Hornets a chance at a comeback.

That comeback started on Aaron Murphy's goal with 3:51 left in the third as the attack was finally able to find a hole in the defensive pressure to assist Galvin offensively.

Less than a minute into the fourth, Arnold found Murphy for another score to cut the lead to six, 11-5. It was the first time on the day that Lynchburg scored multiple goals.

Keeping the offensive pressure up, the Hornets committed a pair of penalties that gave Stevenson a man-up opportunity. Rossi found Dabney at 9:37, just 23 seconds into the penalties, to end the potential comeback. Balestrieri added the final goal for the Mustangs with 6:12 remaining.

 Two assists from Arnold and one each from Austin Stewart and Distler when with a pair of goals by Murphy and Galvin's first career hat trick for Lynchburg. Fawkes made nine saves for Lynchburg in just over 59 minutes in goal while leading the team with four ground balls. Distler and Eric Lombardo each scooped three off the turf while Stewart, Distler, Lombardo and Jon Gill each forced a turnover.

Dimitri Pecunes made nine saves for Stevenson (9-1) while Brent Hiken went 9-for-15 in the faceoff circle. Connor Curro and Hiken each scooped four ground balls while Josh Rufolo led the Mustangs with three caused turnovers.

Stevenson outshot the Hornets 48-24 while holding slim margins in ground balls (28-26) and faceoffs (11-for-21).

#8 Lynchburg (6-3/1-0) hosts Shenandoah University (5-5/1-1) Sunday at 2 p.m. in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action.