Stevenson pleased to stretch legs last Saturday vs. Ohio Wesleyan

Mustangs used 10-5 victory as final tune-up for NCAA tournament

May 08, 2012|By Edward Lee

With the Capital Athletic Conference scheduling the league tournament one week before the end of the regular season, Stevenson has usually taken the step of scheduling an opponent prior to the start of the NCAA tournament.

The Mustangs (15-4) did the same thing this year, collecting a 10-5 victory over Ohio Wesleyan last Saturday. Besides adding to the win column, coach Paul Cantabene said the game gave the players a chance to hone their skills and stretch their legs against the Battling Bishops, who became the seventh opponent on Stevenson’s schedule to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

“I thought it was a good game for us,” he said. “You go out there and play in a tough environment, you’ve got to do that long road trip, and you’ve got to be able to play well. I thought we did a really good job of toughing it out. I think one of the good things we’re doing now is we’re playing pretty tough. Earlier in the year, I didn’t think we played as tough. I think we’re really toughing it out in tough situations. So I think it turned out well for us.”

On the flipside, the Mustangs’ opponent in Wednesday’s first round of the NCAA tournament is Birmingham-Southern, which hasn’t played since April 29 when the Panthers knocked off Colorado College to capture the program’s first Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference title.

“Anytime you don’t play for that extended period of time, I think it kind of hurts you a little bit,” Cantabene said. “But I’m sure we’re going to get a great effort out of them, and we have to be ready to go. They’re going to be excited about being in the tournament for the first time, and hopefully, we can just keep doing what we’re doing.”

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