Stephen Banick not likely to return to Stevenson this season

Sophomore attackman still dealing with undisclosed injury suffered in preseason, could apply for medical redshirt

March 28, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Stephen Banick has yet to play in a game this season for Stevenson, and it appears that his absence will extend for the remainder of the year.

The sophomore attackman suffered an injury in the preseason unrelated to the left leg that he broke in the Mustangs’ loss to Salisbury in the semifinal round of the 2012 NCAA tournament on May 20. Coach Paul Cantabene said Thursday morning that sitting the rest of the season and applying for a medical redshirt is a looming option for Banick.

“He got hurt at the beginning of the year. So he’s just trying to rehab,” Cantabene said. “He hasn’t played any games yet. So it is an option. I think at this time, it looks more like he’s not going to play than he is going to play.”

Banick has been plagued by injuries. He broke his right arm twice as a senior at Charlotte Catholic High in North Carolina and tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the fall of his freshman year at Bellarmine.

Banick led Stevenson in goals (36) and points (63) last year and was expected to be a major contributor in 2013. Cantabene said the pain of missing this season is more difficult for Banick than his teammates.

“I think it’s frustrating for Stephen because he worked so hard to come back from his injury at the end of the last season against Salisbury and was looking great in the preseason,” Cantabene said. “It was really unbelievable how well he was playing and then he just had some bad luck. He’s had a lot of bad luck in his career with injuries, and I just keep telling him that it’s going to change. It’s ended up that the team has pulled through well. We’re playing some more guys to make up for him and other guys have picked up their games. So it is a little frustrating because it seems like every year, we do have some injuries and we lose some guys and that has hurt us. And then you see other teams don’t have quite the same situation. So it is tough to lose one of your better players, especially a kid who can be a pretty special player.”

The Mustangs, who are 8-1 and ranked No. 5 in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, have fared well on attack despite Banick’s absence. Junior attackman Chris Dashiell leads the offense in both assists (21) and points (33), sophomore Mark Pannenton leads in goals (29), and senior Tyler Reid ranks second in goals (19) and third in assists (eight) and points (27).

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