Stevenson 'optimistic' that goalie Dimitri Pecunes could play Saturday

Sprained shoulder for Calvert Hall graduate is improving, and freshman might play vs. Widener

April 18, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

No. 4 Stevenson has won two consecutive games without Dimitri Pecunes, but the freshman goalkeeper could return for Saturday’s road contest at Middle Atlantic Conference rival Widener.

Coach Paul Cantabene said the sprained AC joint in Pecunes’ shoulder that he sustained in the first quarter of the Mustangs’ eventual 14-13 overtime loss to No. 13 Roanoke on April 9 is improving. He is expected to test his shoulder in practice Thursday afternoon, and Cantabene said he is “optimistic” that Pecunes could play against the Pride.

“Dimitri’s doing all right,” Cantabene said Thursday morning. “He’s making progress. We’re going to find out a lot today to see what he can do with his shoulder, and then we’re going to make a decision tomorrow about whether he’s going to play Saturday.” Pecunes, a Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate, had registered a 7.00 goals-against average and a .592 save percentage in 13 starts. His absence has been filled by sophomore Kevin Cain, who has posted a 6.00 goals-against average and a .514 save percentage while compiling a 2-1 record.

Stevenson would love to have Pecunes back as a victory over No. 16 Widener (9-4 overall and 5-1 in conference) would give the Mustangs (13-2, 6-0) the Middle Atlantic Conference regular-season title and the top seed in the league tournament in their first season in the conference. But Cantabene said the team has plenty of faith in Cain to perform if Pecunes cannot.

“I think Kevin’s done a great job in the last couple of games just stepping in and doing what we have expected of him,” Cantabene said. “He was one of the guys who wanted to be the starting goalkeeper, and Dimitri just beat him out. But we expect big things out him. Kevin’s a very good communicator, a good stopper of the ball, and he does a lot of great things. We’re excited that he has played well because he’s worked hard to get a couple starts. So it’s great to see him get in there and make the most of his opportunity.”

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