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Stevenson Defense Suffocates Hood College In Win

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College men’s lacrosse team (3-9, 1-3 CAC) held the No. 7 ranked Stevenson University (9-2, 4-0 CAC) to 13 goals but it was not enough to take down the top 10 Mustangs. The 13 goals given up were the fewest Stevenson has scored against Hood in the series between the two schools.

Hood’s defense played extremely hard all day with constant harassment being put on the Stevenson attackers. Junior defender Doug Brisbane played a nice game picking up six groundballs and causing four turnovers. Sophomore Mark Filuta also played a stellar game on the defensive end scooping a groundball and causing two Mustang turnovers.

Senior Cory Roberts scored goal number 12 on the season to give him the most on the team. Junior Trey Freeman registered a goal and an assist as he reached double-digits in goals this season with ten. Attacker Joey O’Hara notched his sixth goal of the campaign to round out Hood’s scoring on the afternoon.

Freshman goalkeeper Joseph McCulloh played a good game in goal with a relentless Stevenson attack coming at him all game. McCulloh made 18 saves on 30 shots while fellow freshman Cody Hass played the last five minutes of the second quarter and registered a save on two shots. Hood was countered by Stevenson goalkeepers Ian Bolland and Kevin Cain who combined to make four saves on seven shots.

Stevenson’s Chris Dashiell paced the Mustang attack netting five goals and assisting on one other. Hood was never able to get the Mustangs out of their rhythm passing game that proved too difficult for the blue and grey to keep up with.

Stevenson scored the first four goals of the game and all of the goals in the first quarter. Roberts put the Blazers on the board with his second quarter goal and O’Hara netted his goal in the second as well with a man up for Hood. Stevenson though would take a 7-2 lead into the half after a Dashiell goal with 37.0 seconds remaining.

Freeman scored Hood’s lone goal of the second half with a strong strike off a good feed from Ricky Orndorff. Dashiell scored three second half goals as the Mustangs won the half 6-1 en route to its fourth conference victory of the season.

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Banick, Dashiell Lead Way For Stevenson in Blowout Win At Wesley

Posted on 29 March 2012 by WNST Staff

DOVER, Del. - Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) scored a career-high eight points while sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) added seven as the seventh-ranked Mustangs ran their CAC win streak to 15 with a 19-3 victory over Wesley Wednesday at Miller Stadium.

Stevenson (8-2, 2-0 CAC) led 12-0 at halftime and 16-0 following the first goal of the season by junior Reed Phillips (Chester Springs, Pa./Downington East)with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter.

Phillips was one of 12 different goal scorers for the Mustangs and one of four players who netted their first of the season, including junior John Cammalleri (Far Hills, N.J./Rutgers Prep), senior Mathew Schenck (Glen Gardner, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and freshman James Mullis (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck).

Meanwhile, senior Pat Magee (Chicago, Ill./Saint Viator), juniors Dixon Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford)Sam Ramatowski (Bowie, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Aaron Taylor (Powell, Ohio/Dublin Scioto) each picked up their first points of the season as 17 different players had at least one point.

Ramatowski also won 9-of-11 face-offs.

As for Banick, it was the fifth multi-goal game of his career as he finished with a career-high five. Banick, who had seven points and five assists in the season opener versus Haverford, has scored at least one goal in eight of the team’s 10 games this season.

Dashiell totaled career-highs with five assists and seven points. His seven points were four more than his previous career-high of three achieved five times over his first two seasons.

Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the defense with eight ground balls and three caused turnovers while reigning CAC Defensive Player of the Week, junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had six ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) did not allow a goal in the first half while making three saves to earn his eight win of the season and the 28th of his career. He is now 28-5 as a starter.

Sophomore Colin Rayburn (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) and junior Mark Salerno (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington) each made their first appearances of the season in the second half and the 10th and seventh of their careers, respectively.

Tim Dougherty had an assist on all three goals for Wesley (1-7, 1-3 CAC) while Matt Ryan was credited with 13 saves.

Stevenson wraps-up its three-game road trip at Hood on Saturday. Game time is at noon.

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

Posted on 26 March 2012 by 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
Stadium.

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.
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Stevenson Tops Mary Washington in CAC Contest

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Led by three points each from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), the 10th-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team posted a 13-6 CAC road victory over Mary Washington Saturday at the Battleground Complex.

The Mustangs (7-2, 2-0 CAC), who are one of two conference unbeatens with St. Mary’s (Md.) and No. 1-ranked Salisbury, have now allowed six goals or less in eight out of nine games this season.

The win also improved Stevenson’s conference winning streak to 14, dating back to an 18-6 victory at Marymount (Va.) on Apr. 7, 2010.

After a low scoring first quarter in which each team netted one goal, Luke Dick scored back-to-back unassisted tallies to give the Eagles
their only lead of the game at 3-2 with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter.

From there, Stevenson scored the game’s next seven consecutive goals to take a 9-3 lead with 3:13 to play in the third. The first two goals
came with a man advantage on strikes from senior Nick Rossi (Lutherville, Md./Towson) and freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes).

The Mustangs are 3-for-6 with the man advantage over last two games after starting the season 5-for-45 in the first seven.

Led by two goals from Banick and three assists from Dashiell, Stevenson outscored Mary Washington 9-3 in the second half while
winning 9-of-14 face-offs. The Mustang defense also held the Eagles without a goal on seven man-up opportunities totaling five minutes.

After entering the game 1-for-6 on face-offs, freshman Sam Wyatt (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) won 11-of-18 against the Eagles and
scooped up a career-high 10 ground balls.

Burgoyne, junior Andrew Bishop (Lothian, Md./Southern) and sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) each finished with two goals as 12 different players scored for Stevenson. Junior Kyle Fendlay (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) picked up an assist from his defensive position and junior Tyler Reid (Clinton, Conn./Xavier) netted his seventh goal of the season in his first game since March 10 at No. 9 Lynchburg.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with eight saves.

Dick totaled four points for Mary Washington (6-2, 2-1 CAC) with three goals and one assist while Matt Prin had nine saves.

Stevenson continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday when it travels to Wesley for a 4:00 p.m., contest at Miller Stadium.

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Stevenson Falters After Half In Loss at Cortland

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

CORTLAND, N.Y. – Greg Wright scored all three of his goals in the third quarter while Cody Consul totaled two of his game-high six points as No. 3 SUNY Cortland outscored the No. 9-ranked Stevenson men’s lacrosse team by four en route to a 13-9 victory Saturday at the Stadium Complex.

The Mustangs (5-2) suffered their first loss in three career meetings against the Red Dragons and their second in as many road games this season. The last time Stevenson lost at least two games on the road was during the 2005 season against Gettysburg, Lynchburg and Salisbury.

Freshmen Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) led the Mustangs with two goals apiece while freshman Michael Crowe (Arlington, Va./Yorktown) tied his career-high with two points on a goal and an assist.

Stevenson was outshot 40-28 and were 0-for-4 on the man advantage. The team has not scored on its last 15 extra-man opportunities, a stretch that spans the last three games.

Consul led Cortland (4-0) with three goals and three assists while Wright finished with four points.

Today’s loss marks the first time this season that Stevenson’s ninth-ranked scoring defense allowed more than six goals in a game this season. The Mustangs’ six-game streak of six goals or less was the longest in school history, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2003 when they held five consecutive opponents to six goals or less from April 10 to April 22.

Stevenson is 86-2 all-time when allowing six goals or less. The team had won 52-straight before falling at No. 9 Lynchburg last Saturday, 6-3.

Freshman Parker Bratton (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) led the defense with five caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The Red Dragons jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the game’s first eight minutes before the Mustangs scored four of the next five goals to take its only lead of the game at 5-4 with 13:11 remaining in the second quarter.

Cortland answered with a quick 3-0 burst to go back in front 7-5 before Stevenson scored two goals in the final 52 seconds of the first half to tie the game at 7-7 going into halftime.

However, the Red Dragons outscored the Mustangs 5-1 in a decisive third quarter and 6-2 in the second half.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) was credited with 12 saves while counterpart Mike Kaminski had 14, including five in the fourth quarter.

Stevenson returns home to face No. 2 Tufts on Tuesday at Mustang Stadium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised live on Maryland Public Television’s MPT2 which can be seen on Comcast 268 and Verizon Fios 480. It will also be simulcast live at GoMustangSports.com.

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Stevenson Tops York to Open CAC Play

Posted on 14 March 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored three goals while sophomore Sam Ramatowski (Bowie, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) won 15 face-offs as the ninth-ranked Mustangs beat York (Pa.) 7-5 Wednesday at Mustang Stadium in the CAC opener for both teams.

Stevenson (5-1, 1-0 CAC) is now 11-0 in conference openers, including 5-0 in the Capital Athletic Conference and 6-0 in the Colonial States Athletic Conference. The team is also 5-0 at Mustang Stadium.

Whittaker tied a career-high in both goals and points while Ramatowski posted a career-high in face-off wins, winning 15-of-16. Whittaker also had three goals and three points in a 20-4 victory over Hood on
Mar. 31, 2010.

Defensively, the Mustangs held their opponent to six goals or less for the sixth time this season while holding the Spartans (3-3, 0-1 CAC) scoreless in the fourth quarter as Stevenson broke a 5-5 tie with goals from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and sophomore J.P. Coombe (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s).

The team’s leader in goals, assists and points this season, Banick finished with three points on two goals and one assist. Sophomore Chris Dashiell (Salisbury, Md./Parkside) had one goal and one assist.

The Mustangs held a 57-24 edge in shots and had twice as many ground balls, 50-25, but were 0-for-6 with the extra-man. The team has not scored on its last 11 extra-man opportunities.

York’s Tyler Powell finished with 20 saves, including seven in the first quarter, while seven different players had at least one point for the Spartans.

Stevenson travels to No. 3 SUNY Cortland on Saturday. Game time is at 3:00 p.m.

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Stevenson Crushed Widener To Remain Unbeaten

Posted on 07 March 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – A total of 10 different players scored for the Stevenson men’s lacrosse team, led by four points from freshman Stephen Banick (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) as the No. 4 ranked Mustangs remained unbeaten in four games this season with an 11-3 victory over future MAC rival Widener Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (4-0) won its 14th-straight regular-season home game dating back to the 2010 season while tying a season-high with 11 goals.

The Mustangs totaled a season-high 51 shots, outshooting the Pride 51-21 while winning 13-of-17 faceoffs, led by senior Doug Reidt (Towson, Md./Hereford) who was 10-for-12. He also had a career-high eight ground balls.

Defensively, Stevenson forced 24 turnovers while holding Widener to just three goals. Through four games, the Mustangs have allowed just 18 goals for an average of only 4.5 per game. The defense has not allowed more than six goals in a game this season and is currently ranked 16th in Division III in scoring defense.

Banick finished with three assists to increase his team-lead to nine. He also leads the team in points this season with 14.

Freshman Billy Burgoyne (Boonton Township, N.J./Mountain Lakes) posted the first multi-point game of his career with two goals and one assist while senior Kenny Whittaker (Dundalk, Md./Archbishop Curley) scored his first points since he netted a goal in a 10-6 win over Salisbury
on Apr. 24, 2010. He finished with one goal and one assist.

After a goal by Michael Bassani gave the Pride (0-4) a 1-0 lead with three seconds left in the first quarter, Stevenson scored the next 11 to take an 11-1 lead with 10:00 remaining in the fourth.

Widener was whistled for nine penalties totaling 8:30 leading to two extra-man goals for the Mustangs. Bassani had two goals to lead the Pride while Bobby Schluter made 17 saves.

Senior Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) had 10 saves for Stevenson while sophomore and 2011 CAC Rookie of the Year Ryan Rubenstein (Sykesville, Md./Boys’ Latin) had three caused turnovers and four ground balls.

Stevenson faces the second of six top-20 opponents on its 2012 schedule Saturday when it travels to No. 9 Lynchburg. Game time is at 7:00 p.m. The Mustangs are 1-0 against ranked teams this season following an 11-5 victory over No. 17 Haverford on February 18.

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Stevenson Tops WNEU For Cantabene’s 100th

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

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
Saturday night.

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.

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Candon Lifts Stevenson Past Hampden-Sydney

Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse freshman Pat Candon (Long Beach, N.Y./Holy Trinity) scored the game-winning goal with 7:54 remaining, and an insurance goal five minutes later, to lead the Mustangs past Hampden-Sydney, 9-6 Saturday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

The game was tied at the end of the first three quarters at one, three and five, respectively.

Stevenson (2-0) scored first, just 34 seconds in on an unassisted tally by senior Justin Lea (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph).

The Mustangs and Tigers would trade pairs of goals, with no team leading by more than one for the first 55 minutes of the game until junior Peter Green (Hereford, Md./Hereford) would score his second of the season off freshman Stephen Banick’s (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) team-leading sixth assist to help Stevenson pull away.

Hampden-Sydney (1-2) would score four of its six goals on the extra-man with three coming from Micah Keller who leads the Tigers with 13 goals this season.

Both teams struggled to find an offensive rhythm combining for 56 turnovers and 19 penalties.

Stevenson’s defense behind senior goalie Ian Bolland (Mountain Lakes, N.J./Mountain Lakes) allowed only one goal and forced five of six Hampden-Sydney shots off-cage in the decisive fourth quarter.  Junior Kyle Holechek (Reisterstown, Md./Loyola Blakefield) had game-highs in ground balls with seven and caused turnovers with four.  Bolland netted six saves on the afternoon.

David Noftsinger recorded 12 saves in his first collegiate start.

Today’s victory marks the 99th career win for Paul Cantabene, who has an overall winning percentage of .767.  The program’s winningest coach in both wins and percentage, Cantabene has led the Mustangs to a school record for wins in each of his seven seasons while winning at least 10 games the last six.

The Mustangs return to action next Saturday for their second of eight night home games against Western New England.  Game time is 7:00 p.m.

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Stevenson Lax Coach Cantabene Named to Baltimore Chapter of Hall of Fame

Posted on 29 December 2011 by WNST Staff

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Stevenson men’s lacrosse eighth-year head coach Paul Cantabene was recently named to the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame Class of 2012. The ceremony will be held on January 21, 2012 at The Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Maryland.

Cantabene is the third member of the Stevenson athletics department to be inducted, joining former head women’s lacrosse coach and current administrative coordinator M.C. McFadden, Class of 2003 and Director of Physical Education Dick Watts, Class of 1998.

Joining Cantabene in the Class of 2012 will be Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Courtney Martinez Connor,  Lisa Dowling Costello, Betsy Givens Economou, Kathy Altemus Franz, Tim Hormes, Jeff Jackson, Robert
Francis Lindsey and Jim Wilkerson.

Cantabene was inducted in the Rochester Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and was honored with the President’s Medal at the University’s graduation on May 21, 2010.

Regarded as one of the greatest face-off specialists of all-time, Cantabene has bulit Stevenson into one of the elite programs in Division III. In seven seasons, he has totaled a 97-30 record while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship appearances, the 2010 CAC title and the 2006 ECAC South Championship.

Cantabene has led the Mustangs to a school record for wins in six of his seven seasons, six conference championship games.

During that time, the Mustangs have appeared in five conference championship games, made two appearances in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship, won its first conference title in 2010 and an ECAC championship in 2006.

Stevenson has also been ranked in the top 20 the last five consecutive seasons, including at No. 1 the last three. Since 2008, the program has had 26 All-America selections, including 17 the last two, while boasting two USILA Attackman of the Year awards, one Outstanding Player of the Year and one Outstanding Defensive Player.

The Mustangs have also posted five Scholar All-Americans since 2009.

In 2009, Cantabene was named College Coach of the Year by the Maryland State Lacrosse Coaches Association and in 2010 was an assistant coach for the U.S. national team that won the 2010 world title with a 12-10 victory over rival Canada at the FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.

A long-time assistant coach at the Division I level, Cantabene spent nine combined seasons at Maryland, Towson and Johns Hopkins before coming to Stevenson. He began his coaching career at The McDonogh
School where he spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator in 1994 and 1995.

A 1993 graduate of Loyola (Md.), Cantabene played four seasons for the Greyhounds, earning second team All-America honors as a senior before embarking on what was a 13-year professional career on the indoor, outdoor and club levels.

Cantabene played 11 seasons in the National Lacrosse League from 1994-2004 and was a three-time NLL All-Star and 1999 All-Star Game MVP.

Cantabene began his outdoor career in Major League Lacrosse when he was drafted in the seventh round of the 2001 MLL Inaugural Draft by the Baltimore Bayhawks. In six seasons in the league, he played in five championships, winning three in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

In addition, Cantabene was a five-time All-Star, two-time All-MLL selection and 2002 recipient of the SoBe Iron Lizard award. He still holds the MLL career record with 1,015 face-off wins and 538 ground
balls and is also the single-season record holder with a .633 face-off percentage and 156 ground balls.

On Aug. 21, 2010, Cantabene was named to MLL’s 10-Year Anniversary Team and in its August 2008 issue, Lacrosse Magazine named him as one of the top 10 players in the history of the MLL.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., Cantabene is married to the former Tracey Whetstone and the couple currently resides in Seven Valleys, Pennsylvania with their two children, daughter Lilly, and son, Curry.

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