No. 14 Mustangs Head to Messiah With First Place on the Line

No. 14 Mustangs Head to Messiah With First Place on the Line

No. 14 Stevenson (10-5, 7-0 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
Messiah (9-4, 7-0 MAC Commonwealth)
Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 7 pm
Grantham, Pa. - Messiah Turf Field (500)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF) 

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson is 9-1 all-time against Messiah and has won nine straight after dropping the first game in the series 20-13 in 1998.  The Mustangs are 6-0 against the Falcons since joining the MAC Commonwealth in 2013, and have not allowed more than six goals in a game over that span.  Stevenson won two meetings at Mustang Stadium in 2016, winning 11-6 in the regular season and 10-3 in the MAC Commonwealth title game.

ABOUT MESSIAH

• The Falcons have won seven straight, all MAC Commonwealth contests, and are coming off a 12-8 win over Widener on Tuesday night.  Besides league opponents, Messiah has faced two other teams that Stevenson has played, falling 11-4 to Gettysburg and 8-7 to Ohio Wesleyan.

PLAYOFF PICTURE

• Stevenson and Messiah are locked into the top two seeds in next week's MAC Commonwealth Championship, with Saturday's winner earning the No. 1 seed, and the loser slipping to No. 2.  Both teams will host semifinals on Wednesday, May 3.  Albright is locked into the third spot and will face the second seed, while the top seed will face the winner of Monday's first round game.  Widener and either Lycoming or Lebanon Valley will square off in that game.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

•  The Mustangs are known for annually playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, and this season is no exception.  Six Stevenson's opponents are ranked in this week's USILA Top 20, with two others receiving votes.   

SCORING IN BUNCHES

•  Wade Korvin scored a career-best eight goals in April 1st's win at Arcadia.  That marks the most in a game by a Mustang since Mark Pannenton had eight goals against Hood on March 23, 2013.  It is also one shy of the single-game scoring record of nine goals set by Steve Kazimer on April 11, 2008 against Hood.

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.  This season, the Mustangs are winning faceoffs at a 60.8% clip.

WE'RE HONORED

•  Four players have won MAC Commonwealth weekly awards this season.  Senior goalie Ross Dinan was named Defensive Player of the Week twice, on March 6 and April 10.  Senior Kyle D'Onofrio was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week March 20 after totaling seven goals and two assists at the Mustang Classic.  The week of April 3, the Mustangs swept the weekly awards as Wade Korvin was named Offensive Player of the Week while Dominic DeFazio earned Defensive Player honors.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

•  A pair of players have been honored by the USILA this season with Player of the Week awards.  Ross Dinan was named USILA South Defensive Player of the Week on March 8, while on April 5, Wade Korvin received South Offensive Player of the Week honors.

        Senior Kyle D'Onofrio was also featured on ESPN Sportscenter's "Top 10" following the Lycoming game on April 4.  His behind the back goal late in the first half was the day's No. 7 play and can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDSFXwVAHR4

SENIOR SALUTE

•  Before last Tuesday's game, the Mustangs honored 14 seniors playing in their final regular season home game.  The seniors being honored are John Berthcsi, Jacob Brown, Tom Brown, Drew Cormode, Kyle D'Onofrio, Ross Dinan, Tyler Fuhrman, Jeremy Goltz, Wade Korvin, Nathaniel LeQuang, Ethan McMillan, Sean Ohlhaver, Morgan Pritchett and Parrish Young.  Over the past four years the Mustangs have compiled a 60-18 (.769) record.

NCAA STREAK

•  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).

CONFERENCE CALL

•  Since joining the MAC Commonwealth prior to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 39-0 during the regular season against conference foes, and has won all four conference titles over that span.  Prior to that, the Mustangs were members of the Capital Athletic Conference and the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.  Paul Cantabene has compiled an 90-7 (.928) mark in conference play.

GOING TO THE POLLS

•  Since March 3, 2008, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team has appeared in 116 of the last 117 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 117 polls.

HOME SWEET HOME

•  Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 67-15 (.817) at home.  Stevenson was 28-2 at home over the first two seasons, and last season posted a 9-5 mark.

GETTING SOCIAL 

•  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.