No. 8 Stevenson (3-2) vs.
No. 1 Tufts (5-0)
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7 pm
Owings Mills, Md. - Mustang Stadium (3,000)
• Stevenson and Tufts are tied 3-3 all-time. Last season the Mustangs toppled the top-ranked Jumbos 11-10, snapping a 13-game win streak for the 2015 national champions.
• Tufts is off to a 5-0 start and moved up to No. 2 in this week's USILA poll following RIT's loss in last weekend's Mustang Classic. Under first-year coach Casey D'Annolfo, a 2006 graduate of Tufts, the Jumbos are averaging 17.4 goals per game and winning by seven goals per contest.
• The Mustangs are known for annually playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, and this season is no exception. Six of Stevenson's first eight opponents are ranked in this week's USILA Top 20, with a seventh, Ohio Wesleyan, receiving votes. Stevenson also faces two more opponents who have been ranked late in the season on the road in Cabrini and Stevens.
IMPROVEMENT AT THE X
• Last season, Stevenson won 53.8% of its faceoffs, but just 45.1% in non-conference games, most of those against nationally-ranked opponents. Through the first five games, the Mustangs are winning faceoffs at a 55.7% clip.
• Two players have won MAC Commonwealth weekly awards this season. Senior goalie Ross Dinan was named Defensive Player of the Week March 6 after backstopping the Mustangs to a win over Gettysburg. Senior Kyle D'Onofrio was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week Monday after totaling seven goals and two assists at the Mustang Classic.
• Stevenson has qualified for the NCAA Tournament field in each of the past eight seasons. Only six other schools have qualified for the NCAAs every year during that span (Cabrini, SUNY-Cortland, Montclair State, Salisbury, Springfield, Tufts).
• Since joining the MAC Commonwealth prior to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 32-0 during the regular season against conference foes, and has won all four conference titles over that span. Prior to that, the Mustangs were mambers of the Capital Athletic Conference and the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference. Paul Cantabene has compiled an 8-37 (.922) mark in conference play.
GOING TO THE POLLS
• Since March 3, 2008, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team has appeared in 111 of the last 112 USILA Top 20 polls. The Mustangs had appeared in the poll 97 straight weeks before dropping out on week 3 of last season, but it was a one-week absence as Stevenson was No. 20 in the next poll. Stevenson has been in the top 10 in 95 of those 112 polls.
• Stevenson athletics can be found on Facebook by searching for "Stevenson University Mustang Athletics" or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @GoMustangSports. Stevenson men's lacrosse can be found on Twitter at @StevensonLax
MUSTANG SPORTS NETWORK
• All Stevenson men's lacrosse home games can be seen and heard on the Mustang Sports Network. To watch, simply visit www.gomustangsports.tv, or visit the Stevenson University Athletics Roku channel. To listen to the broadcast of any home game, simply visit sfmsports.net.
Head coach Paul Cantabene appears weekly on the Paul Cantabene Show on www.gomustangsports.com each Monday night during the season. The show is available on the athletics website as well as on the Stevenson Roku channel, YouTube channel and Facebook page.