Notebook: Stevenson coaches Cantabene, Puls to speak at US Lacrosse convention

US Lacrosse has named Stevenson men's lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls as speakers at the US Lacrosse National Convention, which will take place Jan. 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

"US Lacrosse continues to focus on improving the quality of the lacrosse experience for all and bringing to the convention many of the sport's leaders in coaching and officiating to share their knowledge with colleagues at the youth and high school levels supports that focus," said Beth Porreca, director of special events at US Lacrosse.

"Coach Cantabene and Coach Puls have distinguished records in lacrosse, and we're excited to have them speak at our convention."

Cantabene, who retired from a six-year Major League Lacrosse playing career as the league's all-time faceoff wins leader and is widely regarded as one of the sport's best ever at that position, will host a faceoff clinic at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12.

Stevenson's winningest coach in both wins and percentage, Cantabene boasts a 115-35 career record in eight seasons. He earned his 100th career win on March 3, 2012, becoming the second-fastest in NCAA Division III history to reach 100 wins.

Puls, a 30-year coaching veteran, will host "Defensive Techniques to Win Championships" at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13. His presentation will include tips for coaches to emphasize positioning and technique while adding creativity to lacrosse defense.

Puls was the 2009 NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year and won the 1991 NJCAA National Championship while serving as the head coach at CCBC-Essex.

Inside Lacrosse releases Top 20 rankings

Stevenson was ranked No. 1 in Division III in the Inside Lacrosse 2013 Face-Off Yearbook Top 20. Two-time defending champion Salisbury was third, behind 2012 runner-up Cortland State. Washington College was ranked No. 17. 

Towson names captains, will hold 'Earn Your Stripes' event

Senior Andrew Wascavage (St. Mary’s Ryken), juniors Thomas DeNapoli and John Paukovits and sophomore Rob Zoppo (Calvert Hall) have been selected as Towson captains. Also, the team will host the second annual "Earn Your Stripes" night Jan. 19. The event, which marks the beginning of the season, will be held at the West Village Commons Fourth Floor Ballrooms on the Towson campus. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour, followed by the program and dinner at 7 p.m. The cost of the event is $50. To register, go to For questions, contact Kara Adams at or 410-704-4281.

Locals among IL's women's preseason All-Americans

Defending Tewaaraton Award winner Katie Schwarzmann (Century) of Maryland led a contingent of players with local ties who were named Preseason All-Americans by ILWomen, as announced in the 2013 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook.

Also selected to the first team from the Terps were senior attacker Alex Aust, senior defender Iliana Sanza (St. Paul’s), along with Loyola junior midfielder Marlee Paton and senior defender Sam Farrell (Severna Park), senior attacker Kitty Cullen (McDonogh) and senior midfielder Brittany Dashiell (John Carroll) from Florida.

Chosen to the second team were Georgetown senior midfielder Sophia Thomas (Maryvale Prep), Johns Hopkins junior midfielder Taylor D’Amore, Towson senior defender Alexa Demski (Loch Raven). Among the third-team picks were Loyola sophomore attacker Annie Thomas (John Carroll), Boston College sophomore attacker Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep), James Madison senior attacker Casey Ancarrow (John Carroll) and Duke junior defender Taylor Virden (McDonogh).


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