Lea Scores Four, Leads No. 6 Mustangs Past Seahawks

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - In just his second game back from injury, Stevenson senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) scored a career-high four goals while the defense held its opponent to five goals or less for eighth time this season in a 14-5 victory Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

The win was the fifth-straight for Stevenson (10-2, 5-0 CAC) who won its 17th consecutive CAC contest dating back to Apr. 7, 2010. It was also the seventh in as many games at home for the Mustangs this season and moved them into sole possession of first place in the CAC standings, one game ahead of rival Salisbury.

In two games since returning from a broken hand, Lea has totaled six goals and seven points versus Hood and St. Mary's (Md.). He scored three of the Mustangs' first seven goals, netting his third with 10:03 remaining in the second quarter to give Stevenson a 7-2 lead.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds later as the Mustangs led by six before taking an 8-3 advantage into halftime.

Stevenson held a 32-7 edge in shots at the half and a 53-22 margin for the game.

Senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) scored the first of back-to-back goals only 18 seconds into the third quarter with a man advantage that jump started a second half in which Stevenson outscored the Seahawks 6-2, including 4-1 in the third quarter.

Sophomore and reigning CAC Player of the Week Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) picked up the second of his three assists on the goal by Rossi as he now has a team-high 20 assists this season.

During the team's five-game win streak, Dashiell has totaled 22 points and 15 assists.

A total of 11 different players scored for the Mustangs, including freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) who netted his first career goal to start the second quarter.

Defensively, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) totaled six ground balls and three caused turnovers while juniors Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) each had three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) and freshman Kevin Cain (Rocky Point, N.Y./Rocky Point) each had four saves.

Stewart D'Ambrogi had a goal and an assist for the Seahawks (7-4, 4-1 CAC) while Patrick Mull finished with two assists. Stu Wheeler made 19 saves.

Stevenson hosts No. 8 Denison on Saturday at Mustang Stadium. Game time is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

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Owings Mills, Md. The St. Mary's College of Maryland men's lacrosse team stumbled Wednesday night as the Seahawks dropped a 14-5 decision at No. 6 Stevenson University for their first Capital Athletic Conference loss of the 2012 campaign. Tonight's battle featured two of the conference's three undefeated teams.

Stevenson (10-2, 5-0 CAC) and St. Mary's (7-4, 4-1 CAC) alternated the first two goals of the contest before the Mustangs rattled off three straight, including a pair by senior midfielder Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph), to stake a 4-1 lead at the end of the first period. Junior midfielder Taylor Cook (Hollywood, Md./St. Mary's Ryken) tallied St. Mary's lone first quarter goal.

The Mustangs scored twice in a 28-second span to take 6-1 before junior attacker Stew D'Ambrogi (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) broke up the scoring with a man-up for St. Mary's to cut the lead to four at 12:21. Stevenson responded with two more for an 8-2 margin before first-year attacker Matt Tarrant (Mount Airy, Md./Urbana) found the back of the net at 2:48 to send the Seahawks down 8-3 at halftime.

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