Our friend Tom over at 24seven made us aware of photos from Mark Hergan at the Stevenson/Haverford game. The Mustangs debuted their polarizing helmets and the MD themed Rome gloves from Maverik under the night’s sky in Baltimore. Haverford donned simple all Black unis.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored seven points with two goals and five assists as the seventh-ranked Mustangs scored seven second-half goals en route to an 11-5 victory over No. 17 Haverford Saturday night in the first game at Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson (1-0) held a slim 2-1 lead after the first quarter before Banick accounted for both of the team’s second-quarter goals just 45 seconds apart as it took a 4-1 halftime lead.
Banick picked up an assist on the first goal of the season from junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) at 13:38 before netting his first goal of the season at 12:53 off a pass from sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside).
After Zach Cohen scored to start the second half and pull the Fords (0-1) within two, the Mustangs scored seven of the game’s final 10 goals, five of which came in a decisive third quarter as they took a 9-4 lead.
Banick had a hand in four of Stevenson’s seven second-half goals with one goal and three assists.
The Mustangs outshot Haverford 48-30, including 29-18 in the second half. They also totaled 42 ground balls, forced 29 turnovers and held the Fords to just 1-of-13 on extra-man opportunities.
Reid and Dashiell each had three points while nine different players scored for Stevenson. Defensively, junior Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh School) had six ground balls and four caused turnovers while junior Kyle Holecheck (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had three ground balls and five caused turnovers.
Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) finished with nine saves, including seven in the second half and five in the fourth quarter.
Cohen led the Fords with three points as he and Christian Clay each had two goals. Joe Banno totaled 17 saves.
Stevenson returns to action next Saturday, February 25 when it hosts a non-conference contest versus Hampden-Sydney at Mustang Stadium beginning at 1:00 p.m.