Stevenson men's lacrosse looking to finish off difficult stretch with win at Lynchburg

Stevenson has begun to show flashes of the team that captured last year’s NCAA championship, racking up four consecutive wins against perennial contenders Roanoke, Tufts, Nazareth and SUNY-Cortland.

As far as the Mustangs (8-1) are concerned, their run can be labeled a success if they can secure a victory at No. 8 Lynchburg (6-2) on Saturday.

“We’d like to finish this one off with a win,” coach Paul Cantabene said on Wednesday morning. “This is a big game from an NCAA [tournament] standpoint and where we stand in the seedings and everything. If they win it, they’re in a great position, and if we win it, we’re in a great position. So I think it’s a really big game overall. But you can’t be happy with where you are. We have to continue to work hard and get better and get ready for our conference games [in the Commonwealth].”

The team capped five wins in 10 days by outlasting Nazareth and Cortland in back-to-back games at last weekend’s Mustang Classic. Stevenson – which moved from No. 5 to No. 4 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll – scored the final three goals of the 8-6 victory over Nazareth and held off Cortland long enough for the 9-8 decision. Cantabene was impressed with his players’ mettle.

“I think we have a lot of confidence in our team, and I think the guys have a lot of confidence in themselves,” he said. “They know that they have to take one game at a time. So I think we’re in a great spot being 8-1 at this point in the season. But we still have a lot of games to play. We’ve always played with a lot of confidence, but what we’ve learned and how we’ve won some of these games has given the guys a lot of confidence. I think when you win some tough games, you’ll do well in the NCAA tournament.”

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