After loss at Roanoke, Cantabene wants Stevenson to play with anger

Head coach looking for Mustangs to develop a "grind" and shed nice-guy appearance

April 11, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

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.”

Stevenson (11-2 overall and 4-0 in the league) will get a chance to erase the memory of that setback to the Maroons with the Lions on the schedule. Albright’s only loss in 10 contests was to top-ranked SUNY-Cortland in the season opener on Feb. 23 for both teams, and the team is 3-0 in the conference.

“They lost to Cortland in the first game, and they’ve beaten some decent teams, but they haven’t really beaten anybody ranked or anything,” Cantabene said. “But they’re just plugging away and winning games. You’ve got to give them credit for winning those games. So we’ll see what they’re like. … I expect us to play really well on Saturday.”

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