Reid Scores Five to Lead No. 5 Mustangs Past No. 8 Denison

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) totaled six points with five goals and one assist, breaking the school's NCAA Tournament record for goals as the No. 5 Mustangs advanced to semifinals of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship with a 14-7 victory over No. 8 Denison Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

With the win, Stevenson (18-4) improved to 13-1 at home this season and advanced to its third national semfinal in four NCAA Tournament appearances. The team is also one win shy of the school record for wins in a season set in 2010.

The win also sets up a third meeting between the Mustangs and rival Salisbury for the third time this season. Sunday's game will mark the ninth meeting between the schools in the last three seasons and the third in last four in the NCAA Tournament.

For Reid, he now has 19 goals in five games in the NCAA Tournament, breaking the school record held by Richie Ford who had 15 in eight games.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and held an 8-3 advantage at the half. In 22 games this season, Stevenson has outscored its opponents 131-57 in the first half, including 80-27 in the second quarter.

Reid scored four of his five goals in the first half, including three in-a-row to end the second quarter.

Denison (15-2), who suffered both of its losses this season at Mustang Stadium, pulled within four on Alex Hardt's 37th goal of the season with 10:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Both teams would exchange goals over the next two minutes before the Mustangs finished the game by netting the final three to send the team to its third semifinals.

Freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte) finished with four goals while senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) had two goals and one assist and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and two assists.

Senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount Saint Joseph) also scored two goals.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled 11 saves to lead the defense while junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) and junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) each had three caused turnovers.

Hardt finished with three goals to lead the Big Red while Cory Couture had two goals and one assist. Nick Petracca was credited with 15 saves.

Sunday's semifinal game time between Stevenson and Salisbury will be announced on Thursday.

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Denison's NCAA Tournament run came to an end on Wednesday evening with a 14-7 loss to No. 5 Stevenson University from Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills, Md.

Just as they did in an earlier regular season meeting, Stevenson turned in an impressive second quarter to pull out in front, 8-3 at the half. After taking a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Mustangs outshot DU 17-3 in the second period as Tyler Reid scored three of his game-high five goals. Denison goalie Nick Petracca posted seven of his 15 saves in the quarter, but too many scoring opportunities for the Mustangs would doom the Big Red.

In the second half, Alex Hardt jump-started Denison with a goal at the 13:05 mark off an assist by defender Tommy Harrison. The Mustangs would answer with a pair of goals to take a 10-4 lead. However, Vita and Hardt countered for the Big Red, shrinking the home team's lead to four goals with 10:56 to play in the contest.

For a stretch spanning the second and third quarter, DU won just 2 of 10 face-off's but in the fourth quarter, sophomore Chip Phillips began to heat up. Reid's fifth goal of the contest at 9:32 gave the Mustangs a five-goal lead but off the ensuing face-off, Denison senior Davis Lukens kept the Big Red's hopes alive with his 24th goal of the season.

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