Paul Cantabene was not entirely sure how the Stevenson players would react after dropping a 14-13 overtime decision to Roanoke on Tuesday night. But as the No. 3 Mustangs prepare to dip back into Middle Atlantic Conference play with a visit from Albright this Saturday at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills, the head coach is hoping that the team practices and plays with an undercurrent of anger.
“I think we need to start playing a little more angrily,” Cantabene said Wednesday. “In my time here, this is one of our nicer teams. They’re really nice kids, and that sometimes can be a problem. In past years, I couldn’t always say that we had nice kids. We had really tough kids and chippy kids, and they would grind things out and get things done and they were just really physically tough and mentally tough. These guys are great kids, they’re nice kids, but they don’t have the grind that our past teams had. So we need to get some of that in order to be good. That’s what great teams have – teams like Salisbury and Lynchburg and Roanoke and Tufts. They’ve got that grind to them where they can get things done, and I think our team is a little too nice at times.”