Stevenson D Holecheck Honored By CAC, Mustangs Move Up in National Rankings

March 26, 2012 | WNST Staff

YORK, Pa. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse junior Kyle Holecheck (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Mustangs to a pair of victories last week, including a 9-5 win over No. 2 Tufts at Mustang

Holecheck totaled 13 ground balls and six caused turnovers in wins over Tufts and Mary Washington, who was receiving votes in today’s USILA Division III Coaches’ Poll.

Holocheck is the first Mustang to be honored by the CAC since Kyle Moffitt was named Offensive Player of the Week on Apr. 18, 2011. The last time a Stevenson defender was honored with the conference’s top weekly honor was back on Mar. 21, 2011 when Evan Douglass was named Defensive Player of the Week.

The Mustangs, who are currently ranked 15th in Division III in scoring defense, allowed just 11 goals in two games last week, including five against Tufts who entered the week ranked ninth in scoring offense. Holecheck totaled eight ground balls and six caused turnovers against the Jumbos.

Stevenson allowed just six goals in a 13-6 victory over Mary Washington and is 88-2 all time when allowing six goals or less while
winning 55 out of the last 56. The Mustangs have allowed six goals or less in eight out of nine games this season.

Stevenson puts its 14-game CAC winning streak on the line on Wednesday when it travels to Dover, Delaware for a 4:00 p.m., contest with Wesley at Miller Stadium.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Following two victories last week, including a 9-5 win over No. 2 Tufts at Mustang Stadium on Tuesday, the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team moved up three spots to No. 7 in this week’s USILA Division III Coaches Poll released on Monday.

Stevenson (7-2) has been ranked in the top-10 of the national poll for 44 consecutive weeks. Overall, the Mustangs have been ranked in 59 of the last 61 polls dating back to its first-ever ranking at No. 18 on Feb. 26, 2007.

CAC rival and defending CAC and national champion Salisbury is at No. 1 for the seventh consecutive week and is one of nine Mustang
opponents to either be ranked or receiving votes. SUNY Cortland is at No. 2 followed by Lynchburg at No. 5.

Other Stevenson opponents ranked in this week’s poll include No. 6 Tufts, No. 10 Denison and No. 17 Western New England.

The three Stevenson opponents receiving votes this week are Ohio Wesleyan, Hampden-Sydney and CAC rival Mary Washington.

Stevenson is 2-2 against ranked opponents this season with losses to Cortland and Lynchburg and wins over Tufts and Western New England. The Mustangs also have wins over Hampden-Sydney and Mary Washington.

Stevenson continues CAC play on Wednesday when it travels to Dover, Delaware to face Wesley at Miller Stadium beginning at 4:00 p.m.