No. 15 Mustangs Head to No. 8 Salisbury Saturday

No. 15 Mustangs Head to No. 8 Salisbury Saturday

No. 15 Stevenson (0-2) vs.
No. 8 Salisbury (4-2)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 1 pm
Salisbury, Md. - Sea Gull Stadium (2,500)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

SERIES HISTORY

•  Stevenson and Salisbury have played 20 times since 2007, with the Sea Gulls owning a 13-7 advantage in the all-time series.  The Mustangs are 5-5 at Salisbury, but 2-7 at home.  The two teams last met in 2016, with the Sea Gulls breaking a 5-5 halftime tie at Mustang Stadium to win 13-6.  The last meeting on the Eastern Shore was in 2015, a 9-8 overtime win for Stevenson.

ABOUT SALISBURY

• Salisbury entered the season as the nation's top-ranked team and defending national champion, but dropped back-to-back one goal decisions to Gettysburg and Ohio Wesleyan to drop to No. 8 in this week's poll.  The Sea Gulls bounced back with a 20-2 rout of Kenyon on Wednesday.

WHAT'S NEXT?

• Stevenson hosts the Mustang Classic next weekend, taking on Dickinson on Friday and York (Pa.) on Saturday.  The remainder of the Mustang Classic field consists of Amherst, Denison, Lynchburg, Nazareth and RIT.

REACHING A MILESTONE

• Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene recorded his 200th career win May 6 last season with a 12-6 win over Albright in the MAC Commonwealth championship game  He is the 24th active NCAA Division III coach with at least 200 victories.  Cantabene ranks fourth among active Division III head coaches with a .776 winning percentage.

PILING UP THE POINTS

• With 54 goals and 27 assists last season, then-sophomore JT Thelen totaled 81 points in 2017.  That was the most points by a Mustang since Chris Dashiell recorded 33 goals and 53 assists for 86 points in 24 games in 2013.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

•  Each of Stevenson's first seven opponents appear in this week's USILA Top 20, and a total of eight foes are in the poll.  Seven of Stevenson's games against ranked opponents will come at Mustang Stadium.

SAM ROSS NAMED MAC COMMONWEALTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

•  Sophomore Sam Ross was named the MAC Commonwealth Defensive Player of the Week Monday after stopping 14-of-21 shots in the setback to Gettysburg last Saturday.  Through two games, Ross owns a .571 save percentage and 8.92 goals-against average.

DeFAZIO NAMED TO USILA TEAM OF THE WEEK

•  Senior Dominic DeFazio had seven ground balls and four caused turnovers in the season opener against Denison to get selected to the USILA Division III Team of the Week.  The Team of the Week replaces the prior regional Players of the Week selected by the organization.

TATUM MAKES GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION

•  Freshman Jacob Tatum scored four goals in the season opener against No. 4 Denison on February 25.  It marks the most goals in a game for a Mustang freshman since Steve Banick scored four times against Denison on May 16, 2012.  

SLIMMEST OF MARGINS

•  The Mustangs have opened the season with a pair of one-goal games, falling to No. 4 Denison 11-10 and No. 6 Gettysburg 7-6 in overtime.  Stevenson last opened up with back-to-back one-goal contests in 2014, downing York (Pa.) 9-8 in overtime then falling to RIT 15-14.

NCAA STREAK

•  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).

CONFERENCE CALL

•  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 five 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 123 of the last 124 USILA Top 20 polls.  The Mustangs had appeared in the poll 97 straight weeks before dropping out on week 3 of 2016, 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 124 polls.

HOME SWEET HOME

•  Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 70-17 (.805) at home.  Stevenson was 28-2 at home over the first two seasons, and was 9-2 in 2017.

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 presented by Buffalo Wild Wings on www.gomustangsports.com each Monday during the season.  The show is available on the athletics website as well as on the Stevenson Roku channel, YouTube channel and Facebook page.