Stevenson avoiding rust by playing Saturday

No. 4 Mustangs slated to travel to Ohio Wesleyan in final weekend before NCAA tournament

May 04, 2012|By Edward Lee

With a 14-4 record and all four losses coming to teams ranked higher in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, Stevenson figures to be a lock for the NCAA tournament.

But rather than sit back and coast into the postseason, the Mustangs are scheduled to travel and meet Ohio Wesleyan (11-3) this Saturday. Coach Paul Cantabene said he’s glad the team won’t be taking the weekend off before the NCAA tournament.

“We’re not afraid to get out there and keep playing,” he said Tuesday. “I think it’s going to help us get off the schneid a little bit. And we like to play. We like getting out there as a team and the bonding, and we’re pretty good on the road. So it’s just another good chance to get out there and play. We’ve never backed away from a challenge.”

A weekend off might have been beneficial for a Stevenson squad that has dealt with a variety of injuries and ailments this season. But Cantabene said he won’t pull his starters early if the contest becomes lopsided.

“No, we’re just going to worry about winning the game,” he said. “We’re not worried about getting up. Ohio Wesleyan is a very good team, and we can’t take them for granted. We have to be ready to play. Injuries are injuries, and they’re going to happen whether it’s the first quarter of an NCAA game or the first game of the season. You can’t worry about injuries. That’s why you practice other guys. We’ve had injuries all year long and have played without our best players at times, and we’ve done very well. So we’re not going to worry about that too much.”

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