No. 17 Stevenson (12-5, 8-0 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
Albright (9-6, 6-2 MAC Commonwealth)
2017 MAC Commonwealth Championship - Final
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 7 pm
Owings Mills, Md. - Mustang Stadium (3,000)
• Stevenson is 7-0 against Albright all-time, with all seven meetings coming since 2013 when the Mustangs joined the MAC Commonwealth. The two teams met twice last season, with Stevenson recording a 16-13 win in Reading during the regular season, then posting a 21-4 triumph in the MAC Commonwealth semifinals.
Earlier this season, the Mustangs defeated the Lions 18-8 in a game played at Mustang Stadium. Stevenson held a 12-7 lead going into the final quarter then pulled away by outscoring Albright 6-1 in the final frame. JT Thelen had five goals and three assists.
• Albright has won six of its last seven and the third-seeded Lions are coming off a 14-10 upset victory at Messiah on Wednesday. Albright's only loss in that span has come to Stevenson. The Lions are led by MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year Cam Cetrone, who has totaled 67 goals and 20 assists for 87 points. Cetrone ranks third nationally in goals per game and fifth in points per game. Derek Stump, with 44 assists, is seventh nationally in assists per game.
• Stevenson is 9-0 all-time in the MAC Commonwealth Championship, winning the tournament title as the top seed in each of its first four seasons in the league. Last season, the Mustangs downed Albright 21-4 in the semifinals and Messiah 10-3 in the final. A fifth straight title would be the first time a conference team has won five in a row since Widener won five in the Middle Atlantic Conference from 1996-2000.
Dating back to its time in the Capital Athletic Conference, Stevenson has appeared in 10 straight conference title games, as it reached the CAC final every year from 2008-12.
SEEKING A MILESTONE
• Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene enters Saturday's game with a 199-55 career record and would record his 200th career win with a victory. He would become the 24th active NCAA Division III coach with at least 200 victories. Cantabene ranks fourth among active Division III head coaches with a .784 winning percentage.
• The Mustangs are known for annually playing one of the nation's toughest schedules, and this season is no exception. Seven Stevenson's opponents are ranked in this week's USILA Top 20, with another receiving votes.
DeFAZIO, CANTABENE HONORED BY LEAGUE, EIGHT NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE
• Junior Dominic DeFazio was named the MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Year as the league released its All-Conference teams Tuesday, while head coach Paul Cantabene was named MAC Commonwealth Coach of the Year for the second time in his career, with the first coming in 2013. DeFazio, Kyle D'Onofrio, JT Thelen and Justin Burnette were tabbed as First Team members, while Wade Korvin, Jacob Brown, Kyle Karsian and Dylan Harris were picked to the Second Team.
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.
• Five 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. This week (May 1), JT Thelen was named Offensive Player of the Week, while DeFazio earned his second Defensive award.
NCAA SELECTION SHOW
• Saturday's winner earns an automatic berth into the 34-team 2017 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship. The field will be revealed on Sunday night (May 7) at 9:00 pm Eastern on a selection show airing on NCAA.com.
• 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
• Before April 18'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 62-18 (.775) record.
• 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 40-0 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 91-7 (.929) mark in conference play.
GOING TO THE POLLS
• Since March 3, 2008, the Stevenson men's lacrosse team has appeared in 117 of the last 118 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 118 polls.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 68-15 (.819) at home. Stevenson was 28-2 at home over the first two seasons, and last season posted a 9-5 mark.
• 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.