In his two previous seasons, Stevenson attackman Chris Dashiell finished with more assists than goals. That trend has continued this spring.
The senior has scored just three goals in 10 starts for the reigning national champion and No. 4 Mustangs (9-1). With at least nine games remaining on the schedule (which includes one contest each in the Commonwealth Conference and NCAA tournaments), Dashiell is on pace to finish with six goals, which would mark a career low during his tenure at Stevenson.
Coach Paul Cantabene said he is not worried about Dashiell’s sudden power outage this year.
“We just encourage Chris to play, to make good decisions, to understand the offense, and what we need to do,” Cantabene said recently. “We play a motion-style, kind of freewheeling offense, and Chris is a big part of that to make sure that we’re in the right sets and guys are moving and working well. He’s been very key to our man-up as well.
"We don’t need Chris to score five goals a game for us to be successful. We need him to help us run the offense and get everybody involved. If he does that, it won’t matter if he’s zero and zero.”
Dashiell, who amassed 92 assists compared to 63 goals in his first three seasons, does lead Stevenson in assists with 15 this spring. So, even though he hasn’t been lighting up the nets, Dashiell has been helping his teammates do so.
“Chris is more of a feeder than he is a scorer,” Cantabene said. “His shooting touch hasn’t quite been there this year, but I think it’s really close to getting back. He’s that quarterback for us. He runs our offense, and I think he does a great job of getting everybody involved and helping guys understand that when they make mistakes, what they need to do. He’s playing his role, and he’s getting better and better.”