When the NCAA tournament was unveiled late Sunday night, Dickinson – one of just two teams left in Division III with undefeated records – was the only team in the South region with a first-round bye. Roanoke got the next seed, and Stevenson was third, falling in line with the most recent regional rankings.
It was what Mustangs coach Paul Cantebene anticipated.
“It’s a fair bracket,” he said Monday morning. “We’re going to see good teams no matter what. So from what we did this season, we’re in a very fair place.”
Stevenson (17-2) earned its position after edging Widener, 9-8, on Saturday night for the Middle Atlantic Conference tournament championship. It was the program’s first such conference tournament crown since 2010 when it was a member of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC).
“I think it means a lot because it’s been a couple years since we won a conference championship,” Cantabene said. “The last one we won was the CAC from about three years ago, and to bounce back and win another one was great for this team. I think we’ve handled tight games a lot better than we did a year ago. It’s good for the program. We’re really happy to win it the first year in the conference, and hopefully, it helps the growth of the conference.”
The Mustangs will open the first round with a contest against Christopher Newport (8-8) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Mustang Stadium in Owings Mills.