OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene became the second-fastest in Division III to win 100 career games while the No. 5-ranked Mustangs remained unbeaten in three games at the new Mustang Stadium with a 6-4 victory over Western New England
Stevenson (3-0), who boasts a home record of 51-8 since 2007, had seven different players score at least one point, including junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) who led the team with three points on two goals and one assist.
Cantabene now owns a career record of 100-30 in eight seasons with the Mustangs for a .769 winning percentage which ranks him seventh among active winningest head coaches in all three NCAA divisions. He is third in Division III behind Salisbury’s Jim Berkman and Cabrini’s Steve Colfer.
Cantabene is also the 40th active coach in Division III with 100 wins.
Also of note, Cantabene’s counterpart on Saturday, Western New England’s John Klepacki, is 11th among active winningest head coach in all three NCAA divisions and fifth in Division III.
Tonight’s game featured four ties and five lead changes and was tied at 4-4 at the end of the third quarter following the second goal of the game by the Golden Bears’ Patrick White. White, who led all returning players in points and goals last season, finished with two goals and three points.
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference for the Mustangs as they scored twice on goals by freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside).
Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) totaled three of his season-high 11 saves in the fourth quarter as Stevenson was outshot, 11-6.
Junior Andrew Bishop (Lothian, Md./Southern) netted his first goal of the season in his first career start and 31st career appearance while freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) picked up his first career point with an assist on Reid’s first quarter tally.
The Mustangs wrap-up their four-game homestand to open the 2012 season on Wednesday, March 7 when they host a non-conference contest with future MAC rival Widener. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.