Seahawk Lacrosse Stymied by No. 3 Stevenson

St. Mary's City, Md. Despite a career-high 20 saves by junior goalie Stu Wheeler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's), St. Mary's dropped a 17-4 decision to Capital Athletic Conference nemesis, No. 3 Stevenson, Saturday afternoon as the loss dampened the mood of Senior Day.

Junior attackman J.P. Lennon (Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony's) notched his second consecutive multiple-goal game as Lennon paced the Seahawks (3-8, 2-4 CAC) in the loss with a hat trick while senior midfielder Will Bell (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) scored the team's fourth goal.

Stevenson (13-1, 6-0 CAC) struck first as senior midfielder Neal Barthleme (Towson, Md./Dulaney) completed a pass from senior attackman Jimmy Dailey (Westminster, Md./Winter Mills) for a man-up goal at 11:52 following a two-minute illegal body check to the head penalty on senior LSM Michael Ott (Arnold, Md./Broadneck).

Lennon evened up the game with his first tally of the day at 9:44 off an assist by senior attackman Chris Becraft (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) before Dailey scored twice to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead heading into the second quarter.

The Mustangs then proceeded to score the next five goals, including the first two of the period by Dailey. Lennon broke up the Stevenson scoring with an unassisted goal at 2:19. Stevenson then tallied two in a 28-second span as Barthleme and senior midfielder Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) each found the back of the net for a 10-2 Mustang halftime lead.

Dailey picked up his fifth of the day to start the third stanza before Lennon netted his third of the day at 10:58 off an assist by senior attackman Dennis Rosson (Severna Park, Md./Severn). Stevenson then strung together six straight goals two to end the third and four to start off the fourth period. Barthleme scored three straight in a span of 3:34 before Bell fired in his shot as time expired.

Along with his 20 stops, Wheeler led the Seahawks with five ground balls and two caused turnovers.

St. Mary's will return to action this coming Tuesday, April 12 as the Seahawks travel to Dover, Delaware to take on Wesley College in conference action at 4:00 pm. St. Mary's needs to beat Wesley and win at Hood College on Thursday, April 14 to secure a playoff berth.

2011-04-09



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