Peter Green turned focus from defense to offense and Stevenson could not be happier

Hereford native and graduate has gone from posting six goals and four assists in first three years to registering 27 and 11 in senior season

April 30, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Leave it to Stevenson coach Paul Cantabene to find a scoring threat in a former defensive player.

After spending the first three years of his career as a short-stick defensive midfielder, Peter Green has blossomed as a weapon for the No. 4 Mustangs (15-2), leading all midfielders with 27 goals and 38 points. The Hereford native and graduate has scored three more goals than the combined number of shots he took in his first three seasons, but to hear Cantabene – who has built some of Division III's most prolific offenses in recent years – talk, this is what he and staff anticipated from Green.

“We expected Peter to have a great year,” Cantabene said Monday. “I think he started off the year really well, but then I think he got a little tired because we were using him so much. Now we’re resting him a little bit, and I think he’s playing fantastic. He’s a senior and he understands that the end of the year is near. So he’s playing his best lacrosse now – offensively, defensively, wings on the faceoffs. Twenty-seven goals out of a midfielder are great. He’s also kicked in 11 assists. He’s having just a tremendous year for a midfielder and I’m really excited for him and I expect him to play excellent in the playoffs.”

Green, who had recorded six goals and four assists prior to this season, still plays defense. He leads all non-faceoff players in ground balls with 57, has caused 15 turnovers, and frequently kick-starts Stevenson’s transition game.

Cantabene acknowledged growing initially concerned about Green wearing down. So he has inserted sophomore midfielder Connor Curro on the team’s man-down defense and faceoff unit to give Green some much-needed rest during games.

“We’ve been very cognizant of tiring him out,” Cantabene said. “We’re kind of taking him off the field in certain situations to help him rest, which I think has really helped his offensive game.”

Cantabene said new rules designed to accelerate pace of play have forced midfielders like Green, senior Nick Rossi and sophomore Michael Crowe to maintain their conditioning.

“When you’re playing defensive midfield all the time, you kind of tire yourself out a little bit. When you become an offensive middie, you’ve got to play both ends of the field and then you really tire yourself out,” Cantabene said. “Peter has done a great job, especially earlier in the season, of transforming his game and becoming an all-around midfielder. I think what really helps us, too, is that we don’t have to take him off the field. While other teams are running their first-line midfielders off the field, we’re not. We’re keeping guys like Peter in the game, and that helps us in our transition game, and we have a lot of confidence in him. Same thing with Nick Rossi and Michael Crowe. Those guys can play both ends of the field, and that has really helped us play some better defense at the end of the year because those guys are so committed to the defensive end.”

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