When Denison pays a visit to Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills Wednesday night for an NCAA tournament quarterfinal, Stevenson won’t be unfamiliar with the Big Red.
That’s because the two teams tangled on April 7 with the Mustangs emerging with a 12-9 victory. That contest should help Stevenson reacquaint itself with Denison.
“I think we’ve just got to know what they’re about,” coach Paul Cantabene said Monday of the Big Red. “They’re a very talented team with a lot of older kids playing for them, especially on the offensive end. They’re a dangerous team. They want to shorten the game by holding the ball, and they’re going to try to do that and win faceoffs. We want to play up and down, and they’re going to want to play steadier. Last time, we were able to get out on them when we played faster, but when they got a little bit of an advantage, they played slower, which is to their advantage, and came back on us a little bit in the fourth quarter. It’s going to be an interesting game to see two contrasting styles going after each other.”
That loss is the only one on Denison’s 16-game schedule as the Big Red has strung together six consecutive wins since then. Because of the time since that outcome, Cantabene said the scouting report won’t stay static.
“That was eight games ago when we played them. Everybody changes a little bit,” he said. “Who their hot guys are changes a little bit, who’s playing better. So we’ll adjust to what we think in that matter and who we think is hot and how we want to attack them. So we’ve just got to see that.”