Stevenson dealing with injury bug

Already without top two midfielders, No. 9 Mustangs may have to play without starting attackman

March 12, 2012|By Edward Lee

Stevenson’s 6-3 loss to then-No. 9 Lynchburg Saturday night was exacerbated by the loss of sophomore attackman Tyler Reid.

Reid, who registered 38 goals and seven assists last season, left the game in the third quarter and did not return. Coach Paul Cantabene declined to elaborate on the nature of Reid’s injury, but acknowledged that his status for Wednesday night’s home contest against York and in the near future is uncertain.

“He’s going to be TBD,” Cantabene said Monday morning. “We’re not sure. We’ve just got to see how it goes. He can be ready for Wednesday or we might not have him for a couple weeks. So we’ll wait to see what the trainers say today.”

The Mustangs, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, have also been forced to play without a pair of starting midfielders in senior Justin Lea and junior Mike Richardson. Lea, who scored three goals in two starts, hasn’t played since Feb. 25, and Richardson was limited to the season opener Feb. 18.

Their absences have been noticeable on an offense that was held to its lowest output since March 6, 2004 when the team – then known as Villa Julie – absorbed an 11-2 defeat by Montclair State.

The unit’s youth has been an obstacle, but Cantabene said the players are still learning to play with confidence.

“It’s very frustrating for our staff because we do feel like we have talent,” he said. “We have an experienced staff, and we think we know what we’re talking about, but to get the guys to do what we need them to do on a daily basis has been a little bit of a struggle. We think we have good players, and we think we can be a good team, but our guys have to believe that and when put in the position to make a play, they have to make a play, and that’s what we’ve kind of struggled at a little bit, and it shows in our shooting. We’re only shooting 20 percent on the year, and it shows that we miss a lot of really easy opportunities, and we need to start cashing in on those.”

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