May 15, 2010

* Courtesy of Stevenson Athletics

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson men's lacrosse senior Geoff Hebert (Lutherville/Dulaney) totaled a career-high saves while six different starters scored at least three points as the No. 1-ranked Mustangs outscored No. 8 Cabrini 17-7 over the final three quarters en route to a 19-9 victory Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

The win was the eighth-straight for Stevenson (18-1) this season and its third in four NCAA championship games after the team went 2-1 a year ago in advancing to the national semifinals.

The Mustangs will now face a rematch with No. 5 Roanoke on Wednesday in the quarterfinals after the Maroons defeated No. 4 Gettysburg on the road Saturday, 11-10 in overtime. Game time and gameday information will be available on Monday.

As for Saturday's victory, Stevenson defeated its former CSAC rival for the second-straight year in the second round after last year's 8-7 victory at home. Hebert totaled a then-career-high 15 saves as the Mustangs won their first-ever NCAA championship game.

This year, the two teams were again engaged in a close battle as the game was tied at 2-2 at the end of the first quarter and deadlocked at 4-4 following an unassisted goal by the Cavaliers' Jeff Crosby with 3:41 left in the second.

However, the nation's fourth-ranked scoring offense, Stevenson scored the game's next four goals, all in a span of just 1:04 to take a commanding 8-4 advantage with 2:11 remaining.

Junior Richie Ford (Baltimore/Towson) scored twice during the run while junior Jimmy Dailey (Westminster/Winters Mill) and junior Kyle Moffitt (Harrisburg, Pa./Central Dauphin East) each netted one. Kazimer picked up an assist on three of the four goals.

Cabrini defender John McSorley added an unassisted goal with 1:40 left to cut the Cavaliers' halftime deficit to three, but they wouldn't get any closer as the Mustangs opened the second half by scoring five of the first six goals in the first five minutes to push the advantage to seven, 13-6.

Kazimer finished with seven points on two goals and five assists and now has 241 points in three seasons, just seven shy of Eric Schmith's school record. Kazimer also has 126 assists, 11 shy of Schmith's record.

Moffitt tied a career-high with six points for the third time this season, totaling five goals and one assist. He also had six points with a career-high six goals against Stevenson's next opponent, Roanoke back on March 27.

Dailey and junior Neal Barthelme (Towson/Dulaney) each finished with five points with Dailey totaling three goals and two assists to reach career milestones in all three categories as he now has 202 points on 102 goals and 100 assists in three seasons.

Barthelme had two goals and a career-high three assists.

Ford and senior Sean Calabrese (Rockville/DeMatha) finished with three goals apiece.

Junior Ray Witte (Annapolis/St. Peter and Paul) won 19-of-30 face-offs and had five ground balls, raising his season totals to 354 career wins and 144 ground balls. He is just two ground balls shy of a new single season school record and only 27 wins shy of current assistant coach Greg Furshman's career record of 381.

Hebert totaled 14 of his 22 saves in the second and third quarters and improved his record as a starter to 26-2, including 3-1 in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.

Brian Hill led the Cavaliers (15-4) with three goals and one assist while Andrew Protenic had two goals and Bobby Thorp added two assists. Casey Grugan finished with one goal to break his own school single season record with 97 points.

Owings Mills native and Pikesville High School graduate Erick Zarzecki, who started all 19 of the team's games in goal in his first collegiate season, made 13 saves.