Stevenson, Salisbury focusing on Saturday, not Wednesday's showdown

One of the more highly anticipated games in Division III will take place next Wednesday when No. 5 Stevenson (8-1) visits No. 7 Salisbury (9-2).

The two teams will continue their rivalry although they're no longer in the same conference. The Mustangs moved from the Capital Athletic Conference to the Middle Atlantic Conference after last season.

But the coaches of both teams said that their focus is on Saturday’s games. Stevenson hosts No. 8 Lynchburg (6-1) at Mustangs Stadium in Owings Mills, while the reigning national champion Sea Gulls will play host to CAC foe Marymount at Sea Gull Stadium in Salisbury.

Asked if he has any concerns that any of his Stevenson players might be looking ahead to the matchup with Salisbury, coach Paul Cantabene said: “Not at all, especially after last year’s game [in which Lynchburg won, 6-3]. We feel that we didn’t give a great effort going down there, and all we’re really focused on is Lynchburg and giving a better effort than what we did last year. We’re focused on that, and we’ll get to Salisbury when that time comes.”

Sea Gulls coach Jim Berkman agreed with his counterpart, but also conceded that the contest against the Mustangs might be in the back of the players’ minds.

“I’m sure at this point, they’re definitely looking ahead to that game, especially since we didn’t have a game on Wednesday,” he said. “I’m sure it’s lingering in the back of everybody’s mind because of the rivalry and everything. But that’s just the way it is.”

Salisbury owns a 10-4 advantage and has won the last four meetings in this series.

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