Stevenson eager to play rescheduled game against Roanoke

No. 3 Mustangs to meet No. 17 Maroons in contest postponed due to snowstorm on March 6

April 09, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

After defeating three Middle Atlantic Conference opponents, Stevenson breaks up its league slate with a non-conference tilt with Roanoke Tuesday night. The game was initially scheduled to be played at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills on Wednesday, March 6, but a storm forced the contest to be postponed.

Finding a later date proved impossible until Stevenson offered to travel to Salem, Va., and both sides agreed to Tuesday night at Donald J. Kerr Stadium.

“We wanted to keep the game,” Mustangs coach Paul Cantabene said Monday. “Roanoke was having trouble finding a date to come up here, and we didn’t want to lose the game. So we offered to go down there and play them at their place and that worked out for them. I think it’s a good game, a good regional game. They just had a great win. So we like the game, and we want to keep playing it. So for us, it really was a no-brainer to go down there and keep the game. It is in the middle of conference play, but I think it’s fine for us to get that game in there.”

Stevenson (11-1), which is ranked No. 3 in the most recent United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll, walloped Alvernia, 24-0, last Saturday, but Cantabene said a game that lopsided doesn’t help the team.

“We need a game like this to help us get ready and get refocused,” he said. “So we’re definitely happy that we’re playing it.”

The Mustangs will get a Maroons squad that is 8-3 and moved to No. 17 in the USILA poll after edging then-No. 7 Lynchburg, 9-8, last Saturday. Cantabene said his players won’t take Roanoke – which stopped Stevenson in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in 2011 – lightly.

“They’ve been struggling at times a little bit this season, but they’ve only lost three games against three pretty quality teams and they’ve got a young team,” he said. “I think Lynchburg thought they were going to roll them, and they showed up to play. So if you give them a lot of life, they’re a really dangerous team. But we’re up for the challenge. We’re excited about it, and we’re eager to play them since we lost to them in the playoffs a couple years ago.”

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