OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The No. 1-ranked Stevenson University men's lacrosse team, who reclaimed the nation's top spot in Monday's USILA Division III Coaches' Poll, will play its first-ever game in the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship when it hosts No. 15 Cabrini on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., at the Caves Athletics Complex.
The Cavaliers (15-3) advanced to Saturday's second with a decisive 17-3 victory at home over Montclair State in Wednesday's first round.
Tickets for Saturday's game will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:00 a.m., outside of the Caves Athletics Complex. Gates will open at noon.
Tickets will be $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Kids eighth grade and under will be $1.00. Since this is an NCAA championship event, NO complimentary admission or passes will be allowed.
For those who can not make it to the games, Stevenson will be providing live stats and live video for each at the following links.
Live video: http://www.gomustangsports.com/sports/031309
Saturday's game will mark the 15th meeting between Stevenson and Cabrini with the Cavaliers leading the overall series, 11-3. Cabrini has won the last eight games in the series and two-straight at Stevenson.
The last meeting between the two teams came back on May 6, 2006 in the championship game of the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (now Colonial States Athletic Conference) tournament in which the Cavaliers won, 10-6.
One of the most memorable games in the series came earlier that year on April 29 when the two teams met at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore with Cabrini prevailing, 15-5. Also in 2006, the Mustangs finished 10-8 after knocking off Cabrini's first round opponent, Montclair State, in the title game of the ECAC Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Stevenson is 1-3 versus the Cavaliers at home and 0-6 under fifth-year head coach Paul Cantabene. The last win in the series for the Mustangs came on the road back on March 17, 2001 by an 11-7 margin.
In the last meeting at Stevenson on April 15, 2004, Cabrini won by a score of 19-6.
The Cavaliers have won 11 consecutive games after starting the season 4-3. They are led by junior Casey Grugan who has totaled a team-high 95 points, including a school record 44 assists.
Grugan is ranked fourth in the nation in both points and assists and owns the nation's second-longest consecutive points streak at 56 games, recording at least one point in each game of his career.
Meanwhile, senior Scott Reimer, Cabrini's all-time leader with 254 points and 231 goals, is ranked second in the nation in goals, having totaled 67 in 18 games this season.
As a team, the Cavaliers lead the nation in scoring margin and are ranked third in scoring offense. They are also eighth in ground balls per game.
Defensively, Cabrini is led by senior Kevin Chenoweth who is ranked sixth in Division III in goals against average. He has won 15 of 16 decisions this season and has made 95 saves in 18 games with a 6.33 GAA.
Against Montclair State, Grugan totaled five points on four goals and one assist while sophomore Paul Skulski also recorded five points with two goals and three assists. Reimer added four goals and Chenoweth made 11 saves.
More details on Saturday's game can be found below.
Sodexho will be offering a full service concession stand, serving hot dogs, pretzels, nachos, chips, candy and assorted drinks.
In addition to official NCAA merchandise and tournament programs, the Stevenson University bookstore will also have Mustang apparel available at the concession stand, including t-shirts, hats and other merchandise.
Parking will be available in the upper lots on the Owings Mills camps. In the event extra parking spaces are needed, fans will be directed to satellite parking lots next to Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill in the Boulevard Corporate Center.
There will also be extra parking available at Beth Israel Congregation and Shire Pharmaceuticals located on Crondall Lane about half-a-mile from campus. Shuttle service will be provided to the Caves Athletics Complex from all satellite parking locations.
No access to Caves Sports and Wellness Center will be granted on game day. Portable restrooms have been made available at the South end of the field, behind the spectator seating.
The field at the Caves Athletics Complex has a seating capacity of approximately 2,500. All seating is general admission and available on a first come, first served basis. The bleachers adjacent to the bubble has been reserved for Stevenson students.
Tailgaiting will ONLY be permitted at the top of the hill next to the Howard S. Brown School of Business and Leadership. NO tailgaiting will be allowed in any of the satellite parking lots.