No. 3 Mustangs Trample Warriors in Commonwealth Semis

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson sophomore and Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Year Stephen Banick totaled six points as the No. 3 Mustangs defeated Lycoming 24-5 Thursday at Mustang Stadium in the semifinals of the 2014 Commonwealth championship.

Stevenson (16-2) advances to its second-straight Commonwealth Conference championship game and its seventh overall after appearing in five Capital Athletic Conference title games from 2008-12.

A total of 15 players scored at least one goal for the Mustangs who scored 20 or more goals for the second-straight game and the third time this season. Junior Billy Burgoyne scored a career-high five goals and finished one point shy of his career-high set versus Albright on Apr. 13, 2013.

For Banick, he totaled six points for the third-straight game and for the fifth time this season. He also had six points with one goal and five assists in last Saturday's 20-7 victory at Lycoming.

Burgoyne and Banick combined to score five of the team's first six goals with Burgoyne netting the game-winner with 13:14 remaining in the second quarter. Banick accounted for four of the first five goals with two goals and two assists.

Stevenson led 12-2 at the half after outshooting the Warriors, 49-11. At the half, Lycoming's Alex Wylly, who left the game due to injury in the third quarter, had made 17 of his 19 saves, including nine in the opening quarter.

The Mustangs totaled at least 80 shots for the third time this season while winning 29 of 33 face-offs, totaling 13 caused turnovers and limiting the Warriors to just 17 for 35 on clears. Stevenson also held a 66-26 edge in ground balls.

Senior Glen Tompkins added three goals and one assist while freshman Tyler Fuhrman had two goals and two assists. Senior Chris Dashiell and sophomore Joe Balestrieri each added three points.

Matt McCaffer led Lycoming (7-10) with three goals while Sean Brown stopped six shots over the final 24:08 in relief of Wylly.

The Mustangs will look for their third conference championship since 2010 when they play the winner between Albright and Widener Saturday at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m.

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OWINGS MILLS, Md. Senior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) posted the 13th hat trick of the season to lead Lycoming, but top-seeded and third-ranked Stevenson used 19 goals in the middle two quarters to break open the Commonwealth semifinal game en route to a 24-5 win at Mustang Stadium.

Lycoming finished the season 7-10 overall under first-year head coach Chris Scanlon. The Warriors won a Commonwealth Conference Tournament First Round game for the first time in school history, as the 8-7 win over Messiah on Tuesday, April 29, was the first postseason win for the Warriors since 2005.

McCaffer finished the season with 53 goals, the fifth most in school history. The league-leader in goal-scoring, McCaffer's goal total is the most by a Warrior since 2005, when Dave Kirschner scored 56 goals. He also finished his career with 113 goals, the seventh-most in school history.

Two of McCaffer's goals were assisted by junior Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West), who finished his season with 24 assists and with 77 in his career, which is already sixth in school history.

Stevenson (16-2 overall) scored the first two goals of the game before Reilly found McCaffer in front of the net to make it, 2-1, with 4:50 left in the first quarter. The Mustangs, however, went on a 20-1 run from there before junior Christian Jacobs (Gwynn Oak, Md./Baltimore Lutheran) scored with 3:16 left in the third quarter. Both teams added two more goals to round out the scoring.

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