Pannenton's hat trick catapults Stevenson to quarterfinal win against Lynchburg
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- For the fourth time in the last five years, Stevenson advanced to the semifinals of the Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship as the fourth-ranked Mustangs got four points from senior Peter Green en route to a 13-7 victory against Lynchburg Wednesday night at Mustang Stadium.
With the win, Stevenson (20-2) also set a school record for wins in a season, becoming the first team in the 19-year history of the program to win 20 games.
A total of 1,276 fans watched tonight's game, the second-largest lacrosse crowd in the history of Mustang Stadium. The record is 2,184 set on Apr. 14, 2012 when the Mustangs fell to rival Salisbury 11-10.
Six different Mustangs scored as they built a 6-1 lead over the game's first 16:54 with Green contributing a goal and one assist.
The Hornets (14-6) answered with a quick 3-0 spurt in a span of 4:11 to cut their deficit to just two at 6-4 with 6:34 remaining in the second quarter. However, that was as close as Lynchburg would get as Stevenson's leading goal scorer, sophomore Mark Pannenton, scored two goals in the final 39 seconds to give the Mustangs an 8-4 halftime advantage.
Following the break, Stevenson scored five of the first six goals in the second half to take its largest lead of the night at eight, 13-5 with 7:59 left in the fourth quarter, the last of which was a 30-second goal by sophomore Billy Burgoyne.
Pannenton finished the game with three goals and now has 56 on the year, moving him into fifth place on the school's single-season list. Neal Barthelme set the record with 73 in 2011, the same year Jimmy Dailey had 60 to rank second on that list.
Meanwhile, junior Chris Dashiell had one assist, raising his season total to 53 which is third for a single-season at Stevenson. He also scored his 82nd point, moving him into ninth in school history.
Freshman Dimitri Pecunes totaled 12 saves, including eight in the second half. The Mustangs won 16-of-22 faceoffs with sophomore Sam Wyatt going 9-for-12 and junior Brent Hiken winning 7-of-10.
Max Voumard scored four of Lynchburg's seven goals while Adam Davey made 16 saves, nine of which came in the second half.
Stevenson, who is now 11-4 in five NCAA tournament appearances, hosts rival Salisbury in the semifinals of the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship on Sunday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs will be looking for their first win in four semifinal contests and first in three against the 12th-ranked Sea Gulls.