Defense Sparks Mustangs by No. 7 Cabrini in NCAA 2nd Round

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson lacrosse senior Chris Dashiell totaled six points, including five assists while sophomore Callum Robinson held the nation's leading scorer to just one assist as the No. 3 Mustangs downed No. 7 Cabrini 15-9 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship Saturday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (19-2), who improved its NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship winning streak to seven, remained unbeaten in 10 NCAA tournament games at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs have also won all four NCAA tournament meetings versus Cabrini.

With five assists, Dashiell tied the Stevenson NCAA tournament record held by Steve Kazimer who had five in a 19-9 victory over Cabrini on May 15, 2010. In 13 games in the NCAA tournament, Dashiell has totaled 32 points with 14 goals and 18 assists.

Dashiell tied his NCAA tournament high with six points, equaling the mark he had in an 18-6 win against Christopher Newport on May 8, 2013.

Meanwhile, Robinson had a goal, five ground balls and two caused turnovers, but his main contribution came in holding Corey Elmer, the leading scorer in Division III with 115 points, to just one assist.

In addition, Damian Sobieski, Cabrini's leading goal scorer with 73, was held scoreless until the 2:20 mark of the third quarter with Stevenson holding its largest lead of the game, 12-3.

The Mustangs held the Cavaliers to their lowest goal total of the season despite being outshot in three of the game's four quarters, including 25-16 in the first and third. Stevenson was also limited to just 1 for 12 on extra-man opoortunities.

Junior Josh Rufolo had three ground balls and three caused turnovers while senior Kyle Holechek had four ground balls and two caused turnovers.

After scoring five goals in Wednesday's 18-4 win over Otterbein in the first round, junior Tony Rossi added four more on Saturday and now has 14 goals and 16 points in four career NCAA tournament games.

Senior Brent Hiken won 13 of 20 face-offs and totaled 11 ground balls while sophomore Dimitri Pecunes made 13 saves, two shy of his NCAA tournament high set versus RIT in the 2013 national championship game. Pecunes is now unbeaten in seven career starts in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

Sobieski finished with four goals for Cabrini (17-2) while Mike Leyden and Evan Downey each had two goals and one assist. Hank Altschuler had seven saves in just under 50 minutes while Austin Marshall, who got the start, had four.

For the second-straight season, Stevenson will host in-state rival and sixth-ranked Washington College in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship. Wednesday's quarterfinal contest is set for 7:00 p.m., at Mustang Stadium.

The Mustangs handed the Shoremen a 17-13 defeat a year ago in a game that featured 30 goals and 26 penalties. The game, which marked the first-ever meeting between the two teams since 2006, evened the all-time series at 5-5.

2014-05-11



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