Ranked No. 3 in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division III preseason poll, the Mustangs of Stevenson University certainly lived up to their billing in their first game of the season.
Senior midfielder Kyle Moffit started his season with a hat trick, junior midfielder Justin Lea added two goals and an assist, and the Mustangs went on the road to Haverford, Pa., and came back with a road win over another top 10 team, starting the 2011 campaign with a commanding 11-4 win over Haverford College.
After taking a 2-0 lead in the first quarter, the Mustangs busted the game wide open in the second, outscoring the Fords 6-1, including four goals in a span of 4:33 to close the first half. The teams traded goals in a much quieter second half, as Ian Bolland made the other half of his 16 saves to preserve Stevenson’s sizable cushion.
Six different players scored for the Mustangs, while the trio of Max Hjelm (two goals), Myles Monaghan and Jason Leeds (a goal and an assist each) did all the scoring for the Fords.
The Mustangs will look to bring this momentum home to Owings Mills, Md., this week, as they open their Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. game against Mary Washington before a home non-conference tilt with Kean on Saturday. Haverford, meanwhile, will look to bounce back from the loss on Saturday, when the Fords travel to Radnor, Pa., to take on No. 14 Cabrini College.
Need to Know
• C.W. Post has hit the ground running in its bid for a Division II three-peat. The Pioneers opened their season last week with a pair of wins in Phoenix over two teams from the fledgling Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. The reigning NCAA Champions defeated Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday, 11-2, then exploded for a 19-3 victory over host Grand Canyon University on Saturday. Four different Post players scored two goals apiece in the win over the Argos, while sophomore attacker Eddie Plompen exploded for seven goals on his own in the win over Grand Canyon. The Pioneers will play one more game on their trip to the Southwest, facing Mesa State on Tuesday afternoon.
• No. 3 North Dakota took a massive tumble, as the Horseshoe proved to be good luck for Ohio State. The Buckeyes hosted the Tar Heels on Saturday at Ohio Stadium, and sophomore Logan Schuss had a hat trick and two assists to lead OSU to a 13-8 upset victory over UNC in front of 2,695 fans in Columbus. Ohio State will have another stern test in its next outing, however, as the Buckeyes will head to Garber Field in Amherst for a Saturday afternoon battle with No. 16 UMass, which kept its momentum going with a 14-10 win at Hartford over the weekend.
• The inaugural Sunshine Classic proved a dark day for No. 5 Duke. Notre Dame senior midfielder Zach Brenneman scored three goals and handed out two assists to lead the No. 6 Fighting Irish to a 12-7 win over the Blue Devils. Seven different Notre Dame players scored goals, and sophomore goaltender John Kemp made 10 saves in his first career start. 8,152 fans turned out to Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida, for the doubleheader, which also saw No. 15 Georgetown score a 15-12 win over Jacksonville. Both the Blue Devils and the Fighting Irish will head to Pennsylvania this weekend, as Notre Dame visits Penn State on Sunday, while the Blue Devils visit Philadelphia to take on UPenn in a Saturday afternoon tilt.
• Dowling junior Vito DeMola was the star of the show for the No. 6 Golden Lions in their season opener on Sunday. The native of Hottsville, N.Y., scored seven goals in Dowling’s win over No. 11 Queens, including six in the second half, when the Golden Lions outscored the Royals 10-5 to blow open what was a one-goal game at halftime.
• No. 5 Roanoke got a pair of outstanding offensive performances in its season-opening win over No. 20 St. Mary’s (Maryland). Attackers Noah Gibby and Jeff Keating had four goals and two assists each, leading the Maroons to a 20-7 victory.
• John Tillman had some scary moments early on in his first game as head coach at Maryland on Saturday, but the No. 4 Terrapins turned it around quickly to give their new head coach his first win as their coach. After the Terps fell into an early 2-0 hole, four different players scored four points to pace Maryland to a 16-4 win over Detroit Mercy.
• No. 14 Cabrini is the preseason favorite in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. Led by senior defenseman Steve Heaps, senior attackman Paul Skulski and junior defenseman John McSorley, the Cavaliers were a unanimous number one in the preseason poll as announced by the CSAC, a conference the Cavaliers have won for the last 10 years.
• Bellarmine posted Division I’s most explosive offensive output of the weekend, scoring 10 goals in the second quarter of a 20-6 win over Mercer. Sixteen different players scored for the Knights, who improved to 2-0 on the season heading into Sunday’s game against No. 17 Delaware.
• Ranked fourth in the USILA Division II preseason poll, Limestone hit the ground running with a 28-4 win over Lees-McRae on Wednesday. Thirteen different players scored goals for the Saints, who scored 21 consecutive goals during one stretch that ran from early in the second quarter to more than halfway through the fourth.
• After receiving votes in the USILA Division I preseason poll, Bucknell made a strong case for inclusion in the next poll with a 17-2 win over Canisius. Nick Gantsoudes led the Bison with five goals, and Kyle Feeney made nine saves to anchor a defense that held the Golden Griffins without a goal for 41:52.