Mustangs Head to Lebanon Valley Wednesday

Mustangs Head to Lebanon Valley Wednesday

Stevenson (6-6, 4-0 MAC Commonwealth) vs.
Lebanon Valley (7-5, 2-2 MAC Commonwealth)
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 4 pm
Annville, Pa. - Arnold Field (2,000)

COMPLETE GAME NOTES (PDF)

SERIES HISTORY WITH LEBANON VALLEY

•  Stevenson is 6-0 all-time against Lebanon Valley, with all six meetings coming since the Mustangs joined the MAC Commonwealth in 2013.  Last season the Mustangs posted a 14-2 win at Mustang Stadium.

ABOUT LEBANON VALLEY

• Lebanon Valley has won two in a row and is 7-5 overall.  The Dutchmen are allowing just 6.5 goals per game, good for No. 14 nationally, and have only allowed double-digit goals in a pair of contests.  LVC is 2-2 in the MAC Commonwealth.

WHAT'S NEXT?

• Stevenson hosts Arcadia on Saturday night then closes out the regular season with two games, at Hood next Tuesday and home against Widener on Friday.

EPIC COMEBACK

• Stevenson trailed 13th-ranked Stevens 11-6 with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter on April 3 before rallying for a 13-12 double overtime victory.  Kyle Karsian scored the game-tying goal with 19 seconds left in regulation, while Ethan Christensen scored the game-winner 25 seconds into the second extra session.  Justin Burnette won 26-of-29 at the faceoff X in the game.  It marked the largest comeback for the Mustangs since rallying from a 5-0 second quarter deficit at Lynchburg on March 20, 2010. 

     The Mustangs trailed 9-4 at halftime in the game, and it was the largest comeback from a halftime deficit since coming back from down 6-1 at halftime to defeat Stockton 11-10 on April 28, 1998. 

13's THE LUCKY NUMBER

• Stevenson is 6-0 this season when scoring at least 13 goals, and 0-6 when scoring under that mark.

RECORD DAY FOR THELEN

• Junior JT Thelen tied program records for goals (9) and points (12) in a game on April 10 on the road at Lycoming.  His record of nine goals was set by Steve Kazimer against Messiah in 2008, while the record of 12 points was achieved by Bob Rineheimer against Lycoming in the 2001 season.  Thelen's nine goals are tied for the second-highest single game total in 2018.

REACHING A MILESTONE

• Stevenson head coach Paul Cantabene recorded his 200th career win May 6 last season with a 12-6 win over Albright in the MAC Commonwealth championship game  He is the 24th active NCAA Division III coach with at least 200 victories.  Cantabene ranks among the active Division III head coaching leaders with a .769 winning percentage.

THAT'S A LOT OF GOALS

• Stevenson set a program record for goals in a game March 27 against Alvernia when it defeated the Golden Wolves 32-7.  It surpassed the previous mark of 30 set against Hood in 2008 and matched against Alvernia in 2014.  The 32 goals are also the second-most in a single game in any NCAA division this season.

DOMINATING THE X

• Sophomore Justin Burnette is dominating the faceoff X of late.  Over his last five games, he is winning 79.4% (112-141) of faceoffs, including 26-of-29 against No. 13 Stevens last Tuesday.  Over that span he has picked up 61 ground balls.  On the season, Burnette is winning 68.5% of faceoffs, good for No. 10 nationally.  Burnette was named to the USILA Division III Team of the Week last Tuesday.

OVERTIME IS OK

• Dating back to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 6-3 in its last nine overtime contests, including 1-1 this season.  Stevenson's 2OT win against No. 13 Stevens was its first since a 7-6 2OT triumph over Widener in 2016.  Prior to that, the Mustangs had not been to a second overtime since 2006, falling 11-10 to Lynchburg.

TOUGH SCHEDULE

•  A total of seven Stevenson opponents appear in this week's USILA Top 20, and the Mustangs have played each of their first six games against ranked foes.  Through games of April 16, the Mustangs have played the third-toughest schedule in Division III, trailing only Haverford and Salisbury.

JT THELEN HONORED AS MAC COMMONWEALTH OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK TWICE

•  After scoring five goals and an assist in a 14-10 win over Cabrini on March 23, JT Thelen was named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week.  He also had three ground balls in the win.  He followed that up by winning the award again Monday after totaling 15 goals and six assists for 21 points in wins over Lycoming and Messiah.

TATUM MAKES GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION

•  Freshman Jacob Tatum scored four goals in the season opener against No. 4 Denison on February 25.  It marks the most goals in a game for a Mustang freshman since Steve Banick scored four times against Denison on May 16, 2012.  Tatum has totaled 21 goals and eight assists for 25 points.

SLIMMEST OF MARGINS

•  The Mustangs opened the season with a pair of one-goal games, falling to No. 4 Denison 11-10 and No. 6 Gettysburg 7-6 in overtime, followed by a 9-7 defeat at eighth-ranked Salisbury and an 11-9 setback to No. 15 Dickinson.

NCAA STREAK

•  Stevenson has qualified for the NCAA Tournament field in each of the past nine seasons.  Only six other schools have qualified for the NCAAs every year during that span (Cabrini, SUNY-Cortland, Montclair State, Salisbury, Springfield, Tufts).

CONFERENCE CALL

•  Since joining the MAC Commonwealth prior to the 2013 season, Stevenson is 44-0 during the regular season against conference foes, and has won all five conference titles over that span.  Prior to that, the Mustangs were members of the Capital Athletic Conference and the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference.  Paul Cantabene has compiled an 95-7 (.931) mark in conference play.

HOME SWEET HOME

•  Since the Stevenson men's lacrosse team moved into Mustang Stadium for the 2012 season, the Mustangs are 74-19 (.796) at home.  Stevenson was 28-2 at home over the first two seasons, and was 9-2 in 2017.

GETTING SOCIAL 

•  Stevenson athletics can be found on Facebook by searching for "Stevenson University Mustang Athletics" or on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat at @GoMustangSports.  Stevenson men's lacrosse can be found on Twitter at @StevensonLax.

MUSTANG SPORTS NETWORK

•  All Stevenson men's lacrosse home games can be seen and heard on the Mustang Sports Network.  To watch, simply visit www.gomustangsports.tv, or visit the Stevenson University Athletics Roku channel.  To listen to the broadcast of any home game, simply visit sfmsports.net.

     Head coach Paul Cantabene appears weekly on the Paul Cantabene Show presented by Buffalo Wild Wings on www.gomustangsports.com each Monday during the season.  The show is available on the athletics website as well as on the Stevenson Roku channel, YouTube channel and Facebook page.