The last time Brady Dashiell played against the Stevenson men's lacrosse team, he was a sophomore attackman who had more turnovers (one) than goals or assists (zero) in Salisbury's win on April 19, 2014.
After a year-long hiatus, Dashiell, now a junior, made a triumphant return to Owings Mills. He recorded two goals and two assists to power the No. 2 Sea Gulls to a 13-6 victory over the No. 19 Mustangs at Mustang Stadium on Wednesday night.
The win helped Salisbury improve to 13-7 in its series with Stevenson, winning five of the last six meetings in Owings Mills. The Sea Gulls remained undefeated at 6-0 — their effort aided by a three-goal, two-assist showing from junior attackman Nathan Blondino and a pair of three-goal, one-assist outings from senior midfielder Thomas Cirillo and junior attackman Carson Kalama (Bel Air).
But for Dashiell, whose brother Chris played at Stevenson from 2011-14, the victory and his performance were special. He sat out last season in part because of the death of his cousin, Will Dashiell, and has been playing this season in memory of his cousin.
After his second goal of the night with 9 minutes, 36 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Dashiell turned to his family in the stands and touched the right side of his helmet, a gesture he dedicated to Will Dashiell.
"I'm always playing for him," Dashiell said. "I've got a lot of special people. I took last year off. Coming back, I did it for myself and also for a lot of people who helped me along the way, and he's definitely a person I look to and think about when I play. I definitely did it tonight because of the connection. It was nice."
Dashiell, who had posted four goals and five assists in his first five starts, acknowledged that it has taken him some time to re-acclimate himself with his teammates and the offensive schemes.
"Took me a couple games to start it back up and jell with the team because I missed last season," he said. "This game is important to me. I've got a lot of connections around here, and it felt good."
Deadlocked at 5-5 at halftime, the Sea Gulls scored the first two goals of the third quarter. With junior defenseman Taylor Morgan serving a one-minute penalty for unnecessary roughness, Dashiell passed to Blondino on the left wing, and his shot sailed between Stevenson senior goalkeeper Connor Skeen's legs with 13:29 left in the period.
Then with 12:12 remaining, Blondino converted a feed from Kalama to give Salisbury a 7-5 advantage – the first multiple-goal lead of the contest.
The Mustangs trimmed the deficit in half when junior midfielder Parish Young passed the ball to senior attackman Matt Tompkins and his shot from the high slot rang off the left post and into the net with 11:09 left.
But the Sea Gulls closed out the game with six unanswered goals. Kalama powered the run with three goals.
Salisbury got six saves from sophomore goalie Joshua Dean. The Glen Burnie resident and Pallotti graduate had made just one stop in Sunday's 13-12 overtime win against No. 9 Ohio Wesleyan, but had four saves alone in the first quarter Wednesday.
"It was a great feeling," he said. "I couldn't be happier. In two days of practice, the goalie coach [Erik Miller] came out and told me what I was doing wrong and I corrected it. I made some big saves today, saves that we needed. I'm just happy all around that I bounced back and played well and that we got the win."
Stevenson opened the game's scoring when junior attackman Wade Korvin found Tompkins alone on the left crease just 83 seconds into the contest.
But Salisbury tied the score with 11:18 left when senior midfielder James Burton passed the ball to Cirillo, and his shot from the left wing burrowed a path between Skeen's legs on an extra-man opportunity.
There were five ties and three lead changes in the first half, and neither team could gain more than a one-goal lead.
Tompkins paced the Mustangs with three goals, and Korvin, an Odenton resident and Arundel graduate who transferred from the Sea Gulls, added two goals and one assist. Skeen, a Towson resident and graduate, registered a game-high nine saves.
But coach Paul Cantabene said the team damaged its chances by putting just three of 14 shots in the second half on-goal.
"We've got to capitalize on the offensive end," he said. "We're bailing the goalie out. We missed too many easy shots. He had two saves [in the third quarter]. We only had three shots on-cage. That's ridiculous. We've got to shoot the ball much better. Our guys know that, and we'll continue to work at it."