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Stevenson men's lacrosse hoping midfielder Tony Rossi has broken out of slump

Tony Rossi's two-goal, three-assist performance in Stevenson's 11-9 win against SUNY-Cortland in the final game of the Greene Turtle Classic on Sunday came at an opportune time for his team – and perhaps for the senior midfielder himself.

In his first six contests, the Towson resident and Calvert Hall graduate had compiled three goals and four assists and had posted just two multiple-point showings. It has been an unusual start for Rossi, who recorded 36 goals and 22 assists last spring.

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"He's had a real quiet start to the season," coach Paul Cantabene said Tuesday morning. "He's kind of been in a little bit of a slump. So I think he's getting on it a little bit. I thought he played much better in that Cortland game, and as the season continues, we need Tony to be a player if we're going to be successful. I think he's starting to get back into it. He's starting to be more aggressive and has been shooting the ball a little bit better. That's important for us. We need him to play well."

The Mustangs (4-3), who dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, played Sunday without senior Billy Burgoyne, a first-line midfielder who had accumulated nine goals and three assists but sat out with a mild ankle sprain.

But Burgoyne's absence was filled by sophomore Kyle D'Onofrio, who scored four goals on seven shots. The Baldwin resident and Fallston graduate has scored nine goals in his last four games, and Cantabene said D'Onofrio would rotate with Rossi, Burgoyne and senior Colin Dabney (10 goals and four assists) on the first midfield in Wednesday night's contest at No. 12 Salisbury (6-3).

"He's only a sophomore, so I think he's beginning to understand how to play in these big games now and is doing a really good job," Cantabene said. "So he's starting to get better and better each week. He's a guy that you're going to see a lot of because he's playing really well. He's putting over 70 percent of his shots on-cage, he's scoring on 50 percent of his shots. So he's doing a great job."

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