HAVERFORD, Pa. – The seventh-ranked Haverford College men's lacrosse team was unable to overcome a seven-goal halftime deficit in falling, 11-4, to No. 3 Stevenson University Saturday afternoon at Swan Field in a non-conference match-up that opened the season for the pair of top-10 teams.
The Fords (0-1) fell behind 8-1 to the Mustangs (1-0) heading into halftime but kept pace in the third and fourth periods as each side tallied three goals apiece.
Max Hjelm put Haverford on the scoreboard at the 7:19 mark of the second period, a score that broke an opening four-goal streak by Stevenson that had given the visitors a 4-0 lead.
After his team fell behind 9-1, Hjelm was able to add his second of the day, this one coming in the third period's fourth minute. Myles Monaghan and Jason Leeds added fourth period goals for Haverford.
The second period was the problem area for the Fords Saturday as the Mustangs were able to break open a tight 2-0 game after one period of action. Stevenson out scored Haverford by a 6-1 margin over the second 15-minutes which dug a hole that was too deep for Haverford to overcome.
Fords goalie Joe Banno finished with 19 saves on the day while his counterpart in the other cage, Stevenson's Ian Bolland, accumulated 16 saves.
Haverford will try to get in the win column in its second game of the season, a Main Line top-20 match-up at No. 14 Cabrini College scheduled for a 1 p.m. opening face-off next Saturday.