No. 13 Stevenson (13-5) vs.
No. 20 Nazareth (11-8)
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 7 pm
Owings Mills, Md. - Mustang Stadium (3,000)
• Ticket prices for Wednesday's NCAA contest are $7.00 for adults, $3.00 for seniors (over 60) and students (with ID) and $2.00 for children 12 and under.
• Stevenson is 2-0 all-time against Nazareth, with both wins coming at Mustang Stadium. The Mustangs posted a 17-11 victory in the 2013 season opener, then recorded an 8-6 triumph in the inaugural Mustang Classic in 2014. In the last meeting, Stevenson trailed 6-5 with 12:48 left before scoring the final three goals, two of those by Tony Rossi.
• After being unranked much of the season, Nazareth won its final three games and is No. 20 in the final USILA Division III poll. The Golden Flyers, who are making their 22nd NCAA appearance, captured the Empire 8 title by defeating two nationally-ranked foes in overtime. Nazareth defeated Ithaca 14-13 in the Empire 8 semifinals and Stevens 11-10 on Saturday in the conference final. Junior Seth DeLisle ranks fifth nationally in faceoff win percentage at 73.8%.
• Stevenson is 16-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is making its ninth straight appearance, a claim only six other schools can make. The Mustangs captured the 2013 national championship and reached the semifinals in 2009, 2010 and 2012 while reaching the quarterfinals in 2011 and 2014.
• The Stevenson/Nazareth winner will face off against the winner of Wednesday's game between either RIT or the winner of one of two first round games between John Carroll and Albion on Saturday. RIT is the likely host of that game if it advances, while either Stevenson or Nazareth would host if Albion or John Carroll is able to spring the upset.
REACHING A MILESTONE
• Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene recorded his 200th career win last Saturday with a 12-6 win over Albright in the MAC Commonwealth championship game He becomes 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 the final 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 60.7% clip, good for No. 31 nationally.
• Five players have won MAC Commonwealth weekly awards this season. Senior goalie Ross Dinan was named Defensive Player of the Week three times on March 6, April 10 and May 8 after winning MVP of the MAC Commonwealth Championship. 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.
• 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 63-18 (.778) record.
• Stevenson has qualified for the NCAA Tournament field in each of the past nine 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 118 of the last 119 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 119 polls.
HOME SWEET HOME
• Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 69-15 (.821) at home. Stevenson was 28-2 at home over the first two seasons, and is 8-2 in 2017.
• 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.