No. 5 Stevenson Stops No. 20 Bullets in NCAA Second Round

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) each totaled five points as the fifth-ranked Mustangs advanced to their fourth consecutive national quarterfinals with a 13-6 victory over No. 20 Gettysburg on Saturday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (17-4) improved its record to 12-1 at home this season and 72-14 in eight seasons under head coach Paul Cantabene. The team is 7-3 in four appearances in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship, including 7-2 at home.

The Mustangs also raised their record to 96-2 all-time when allowing six goals or less.

As a result of Stevenson's win and No. 8 Denison's 10-5 road victory over No. 2 Lynchburg, the Mustangs will host the Big Red in the quarterfinals of the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship next Wednesday, May 16 at Mustang Stadium. Game time will be announced on Monday.

Rossi's five points set a new career-high as he finished with a goal and career-best four assists while Reid, who had six points in Wednesday's first round win over Birmingham-Southern, added five more on Saturday with three goals and two assists.

In four career NCAA Tournament games, Reid has totaled 17 points on 14 goals an three assists. He is one goal and five points shy of the school NCAA Tournament record. Steve Kazimer scored 22 points in six games while Richie Ford netted 15 goals in eight games.

Stevenson took a 6-2 halftime lead after outshooting the Bullets 23-10 and winning 9 of 10 faceoffs. The Mustangs outscored Gettysburg 5-0 in the second quarter and won all six faceoffs.

Gettysburg (11-7) would rally, scoring three of the first four goals of the second half to pull within 7-5 with 7:21 remaining in the third quarter. However, that would be as close as it would get as the Stevenson scored six of the final seven goals, including two from Reid, both of which were assisted by Rossi.

The Mustangs outscored the Bullets 4-1 in the fourth quarter, limiting them to just four shots.

The Stevenson defense was led by nine saves from senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) who improved his record to 37-7 as a starter, including 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament.

Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) finished two caused turnovers and four ground balls while sophomore Warren Pumphrey (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) added three caused turnovers.

Freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) won 15 of 22 faceoffs and in two NCAA Tournament games, has won 25 of 35 for 71.4 percent. He won 10 of 12 in the first round versus Birmingham-Southern.

Robby Maddux led Gettysburg with three goals and one assist. Jon Maddalone was credited with 14 saves.

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OWINGS MILS, Md. Stevenson outscored Gettysburg 5-0 in the second quarter, and the fifth-ranked Mustangs topped the 20th-ranked Bullets 13-6 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Saturday evening at Mustang Stadium.

With the loss, Gettysburg closes the season with a record of 11-7. Stevenson (17-4) moves on to the tournament quarterfinals to face No. 8 Denison University, a 10-5 winner over Lynchburg College.

Freshman Robby Maddux (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's) led the Bullets with his fifth hat trick of the season, finishing with three goals and one assist. Sophomore Jon Maddalone (Newtown, Pa./Choate Rosemary Hall [Conn.]) finished with 14 saves one shy of his career-high while facing 43 shots.

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