Men's Lacrosse Opens NCAA Tourney at Ithaca Wednesday

Men's Lacrosse Opens NCAA Tourney at Ithaca Wednesday

2018 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship - Second Round
Stevenson (12-6) vs.
No. 15 Ithaca (15-3)
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 4 pm
Ithaca, N.Y. - Higgins Stadium (1,000)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

TICKET PRICES

•  Ticket prices for Wednesday's game are $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

SERIES HISTORY WITH ITHACA

•  Stevenson and Ithaca have never met in men's lacrosse.

ABOUT ITHACA

• Ithaca stand at 15-3 overall and is ranked No. 15 nationally.  The Bombers, who are making their 12th NCAA appearance and first since 2016, fell 23-3 to top-ranked RIT in the Liberty League championship game, but earned an at-large berth into the NCAA field.  Two of Ithaca's three losses are to the Tigers, while the other came to RPI, a team ranked No. 19 in the current USILA poll.

WHAT'S NEXT?

• The Stevenson/Ithaca winner moves into Saturday's third round, where it will face the winner between Tufts and either Merchant Marine or Johnson & Wales (R.I.).  The NCAA quarterfinals are set for Wednesday, May 16, with the semis set for Sunday, May 20.

NCAA HISTORY

• Stevenson is 17-8 all-time in the NCAA Tournament and is making its 10th straight appearance, a claim only five 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.

THELEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR, EIGHT NAMED ALL-CONFERENCE

• Stevenson had a total of eight players honored as the MAC Commonwealth all-conference teams came out on May 2.  Junior attack JT Thelen was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year, and he, Ethan Christensen, Harrison Faecher and Justin Burnette were all First Team selections.  Kyle Karsian, Chris Hammerquist and Tom Brown were named to the Second Team, while Austin Howard earned Honorable Mention.

CLIMBING THE LADDER

• Junior JT Thelen has 67 goals and 95 points in 2018.  His 67 goals are the second-most in a single season in program history, trailing only Neal Barthelme's 73 goals in 2011, while his 95 points are tied with Steve Kazimer for the second-most in a single campaign.  Kazimer had 46 goals and 49 assists in 2010.  Jimmy Dailey owns the single-season record with 118 points in 2011 en route to National Player of the Year honors.

     Thelen is also climbing the career leaderboards.  His 130 goals currently rank fourth in program history, while his 190 points are seventh all-time.

EPIC COMEBACK

• Stevenson trailed 13th-ranked Stevens 11-6 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter on April 3 before rallying for a 13-12 double overtime victory.  Kyle Karsian scored the game-tying goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, while Ethan Christensen scored the game-winner 25 seconds into the second extra session.  Justin Burnette won 26-of-29 at the faceoff X in the game.  It marked the largest comeback for the Mustangs since rallying from a 5-0 second quarter deficit at Lynchburg on March 20, 2010. 

     The Mustangs trailed 9-4 at halftime in the game, and it was the largest comeback from a halftime deficit since coming back from down 6-1 at halftime to defeat Stockton 11-10 on April 28, 1998. 

13's THE LUCKY NUMBER

• Stevenson is 9-0 this season when scoring at least 13 goals, and 2-6 when scoring under that mark.

RECORD DAY FOR THELEN

• Junior JT Thelen tied program records for goals (9) and points (12) in a game on April 10 on the road at Lycoming.  His record of nine goals was set by Steve Kazimer against Messiah in 2008, while the record of 12 points was achieved by Bob Rineheimer against Lycoming in the 2001 season.  Thelen's nine goals are tied for the second-highest single game total in 2018.

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 among the active Division III head coaching leaders with a .775 winning percentage.

THAT'S A LOT OF GOALS...AGAIN

• Stevenson set a program record for goals in a game March 27 against Alvernia when it defeated the Golden Wolves 32-7.  It topped the previous mark of 30 set against Hood in 2008 and matched against Alvernia in 2014.

     The Mustangs then went out and surpassed their own mark on April 24 when they posted 33 goals in a 33-7 win at Hood.

DOMINATING THE X

• Sophomore Justin Burnette is winning 71.5% of faceoffs (301/421), good for No. 4 nationally.  Burnette is a two-time USILA Team of the Week member.  Against Lebanon Valley, he was perfect, winning all 19 faceoffs, while he also went 26-29 in a win against 13th-ranked Stevens.

OVERTIME IS OK

• Dating back to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 6-3 in its last nine overtime contests, including 1-1 this season.  Stevenson's 2OT win against No. 13 Stevens was its first since a 7-6 2OT triumph over Widener in 2016.  Prior to that, the Mustangs had not been to a second overtime since 2006, falling 11-10 to Lynchburg.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

•  A total of seven Stevenson opponents appear in this week's USILA Top 20, and the Mustangs played each of their first six games against ranked foes.  The Mustangs have played the nation's sixth-toughest schedule, with its opponents' winning percentage at .662.

JT THELEN HONORED AS MAC COMMONWEALTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK TWICE

•  After scoring five goals and an assist in a 14-10 win over Cabrini on March 23, JT Thelen was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week.  He also had three ground balls in the win.  He followed that up by winning the award again Monday, April 16 after totaling 15 goals and six assists for 21 points in wins over Lycoming and Messiah.

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.  Tatum has totaled 28 goals and 16 assists for 44 points.

SLIMMEST OF MARGINS

•  The Mustangs 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, followed by a 9-7 defeat at eighth-ranked Salisbury and an 11-9 setback to No. 15 Dickinson.

NCAA STREAK

•  Stevenson has qualified for the NCAA Tournament field in each of the past 10 seasons.  Only five other schools have qualified for the NCAAs every year during that span (Cabrini, SUNY-Cortland, Salisbury, Springfield, Tufts).

CONFERENCE CALL

•  Since joining the MAC Commonwealth prior to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 48-0 during the regular season against conference foes, and has won all six 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 99-7 (.934) mark in conference play.

HOME SWEET HOME

•  Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 78-19 (.804) 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.