May 14, 2011

Cabrini Has No Answer for Barthelme, Mustangs

from press release

OWINGS MILLS, Md.
- Stevenson men's lacrosse senior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) scored six goals, including three in the third quarter, to lead the No. 3 Mustangs to a victory over Cabrini in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship for the third-straight year, 13-8 Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

Stevenson (18-2) has now won three-straight in the series against its former Pennsylvania Athletic Conference rival that dates back to the Mustangs' inaugural season in 1995. As a result, seventh-year head coach Paul Cantabene is now just three wins shy of 100 for his career.

Barthelme's six goals were a Stevenson NCAA tournament record, passing the mark of five set by seniors Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) and Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) versus Cabrini and Roanoke, respectively, in last year's NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

With six points, Barthelme was one point shy of the school's NCAA tournament record for points held by current assistant coach Steve Kazimer who had seven with two goals and five assists in last year's second round contest versus the Cavaliers on May 15, 2010. Barthelme finished with five points on two goals and three assists in that meeting.

Barthelme scored two first quarter goals as Stevenson held a 4-2 lead following the opening quarter.

After Jeff Crosby scored with 11:57 remaining in the second to pull Cabrini within one, sophomore Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) scored the first of five consecutive goals for the Mustangs just 30 seconds later as they led 6-3 at the half and 9-3 with 10:03 left in the third quarter.

Led by Brian Hill who scored two of his team-high three goals, the Cavaliers (13-6) responded by scoring five of the game's next seven goals over a span of 12:57 to pull within three at 11-8 with 11:34 left in the fourth quarter.

However, that would be as close as Cabrini would get as Barthelme and Moffitt each scored in the final five minutes to provide the final margin of victory.

Senior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) finished the game with three assists and now has 58 for the season, setting a new single-season school record and surpassing the mark of 55 set by Eric Schmith in 1998.

Dailey now owns the school's career and single-season records for points and assists.

Moffitt, Reid and Ford each had two points with Ford adding a goal and an assist. In eight career games in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship, Ford is tied with Kazimer for the most points scored by a Mustang in the NCAA tournament with 19 on 15 goals and four assists.

Dailey is third on that list with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists.

Junior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled 11 saves while earning his first career NCAA tournament victory and improving his record to 20-2 as a starter.

Senior Kyle Menendez (Cockeysville, Md./St. Paul's) had four caused turnovers while freshman and CAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville/Boys' Latin) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Paul Skulski led Cabrini with four points on two goals and two assists while Hill added three goals and Jeff Crosby totaled two goals and one assist. Erick Zarzecki had 16 saves.

Stevenson will face another familiar opponent in the quarterfinals on Wednesday as it hosts No. 7 Roanoke at Caves Athletics Complex beginning at 4:00 p.m. This will mark the fourth meeting between the two schools in the last two seasons after they met just once in the previous 15 years of the Mustangs' program.

Three of those four meetings have come at Caves Athletics Complex with Stevenson winning both games in 2010, posting an 18-9 decision on March 27 and a thrilling 15-14 overtime victory in last year's quarterfinals on May 19, 2010.


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