Sophomore Jimmy Dailey and junior Richie Ford each scored four goals to lead #7 Stevenson men's to a 16-6 victory over #2 Gettysburg Wednesday, continuing the strong start for CAC spring sports teams.
The Mustangs (3-0) erased a 2-1 first quarter deficit with a 10-0 run over a 30-minute span to take charge of the game. Stevenson led 6-2 at the end of 15 minutes and 10-2 at halftime. Dailey had three goals in the first half while Ford had two.
The decision will almost certainly give the CAC two teams in the top five in the country. Two-time defending national champion Salisbury (5-0) is also undefeated after Wednesday's CAC win at Hood and perched at the top of the national rankings.
Stevenson's win is one of many early-season successes for CAC teams to open the 2009 spring season.
In women's lacrosse, defending CAC champion Salisbury is ranked #2 nationally and off to a 5-0 start, including three conference victories. St. Mary's, which advanced to the conference championship game and NCAA Tournament in 2008, is also out of the chute with a 3-1 start and ranked in the Top 20 nationally.
In baseball this season, Salisbury started the season in the top 10 nationally and moved up to #1 in the country, thanks to a 9-0 start to the season, which included a win over the preseason #1 team in the country, Cortland State. The day after the Gulls beat Cortland St., Mary Washington handed the Red Dragons a 3-1 setback.
There is depth in CAC baseball this year as Wesley handed Salisbury its only loss of the season and first conference regular-season setback since 2007. Additionally, St. Mary's started the season with a three-game sweep vs. UMW, which advanced to the CAC finals last year.
In softball, York is off to one of its best starts in team history and ranked #25 in the country. The Spartans are 8-2 overall, including an 8-0 win in six innings against 13th-ranked Muskingum.
In tennis, Mary Washington is ranked in the Top 10 in both men's and women's while Salisbury's men moved up to #22 in the national rankings. The Eagles are ranked #6 in the women's poll after winning a first-round match in the ITA Indoor Championship Tournament to open the season. The UMW men posted several victories over NCAA Division I teams to open the spring season and are ranked #12 in the country.