Hiken Sparks Stevenson to MAC Commonwealth Repeat
from press release
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by Most Valuable Player Brent Hiken who won 19-of-22 face-offs and totaled 19 ground balls, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team held off a late rally by Albright to win its second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship with an 11-10 victory Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
The third-ranked Mustangs (17-2) have now won three conference championships in the last five years while finishing their first two seasons in the Commonwealth Conference with a 16-0 record.
After defending its conference title, Stevenson will look to defend its 2013 national championship when the team's makes its sixth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship next Wednesday, May 7.
The selection show for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship will be tomorrow night at 10:00 p.m., live on NCAA.com.
Tonight's game featured two ties and three lead changes with the Mustangs holding four separate three-goal leads, the last at 11-8 with 7:22 remaining in the fourth quarter following the 11th goal of the season from junior Sam Wyatt.
The Mustangs maintained their three-goal lead until Phil Potter scored to pull the Lions (11-6) within two with 1:00 to play.
After Stevenson won the ensuing face-off, a turnover and penalty gave Albright the ball and a man-advantage with 16 seconds left before Andy Poitras scored to pull the Lions within one with 10 seconds remaining.
Needing one goal to tie the game, Albright won the next face-off and had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Potter's shot with one second remaining went wide giving the Mustangs a one-goal victory in the championship game for the second-straight season.
Sophomore Stephen Banick and junior Billy Burgoyne each finished with two goals and one assist to lead the offense while junior Colin Dabney also scored twice. Sophomore Dimitri Pecunes finished with seven saves while the team finished with seven caused turnovers.
Poitras and Potter had two goals apiece for Albright while Cam Cetrone had a goal and two assists. Jordan DiZenzo totaled 21 saves.
As a team, Stevenson won 20-of-24 face-offs while outshooting the Lions 65-30, including 23-5 in the first quarter.
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