While the offense hasn’t been quite as productive as it had been in previous years, Stevenson, which is ranked fifth in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, is thriving on defense.
That unit has surrendered just 15 goals in three games, which is just a few more than the 12 goals that last season’s squad allowed.
The defense is anchored by senior goalkeeper Ian Bolland (5.00 goals-against average and .634 save percentage), but a revamped starting close defense of juniors Kyle Fendlay (11 groundballs and five caused turnovers), Kyle Holechek (11, 10) and Parker Bratton (10, 5) has been just as valuable.
“I think they’re doing a really good job,” coach Paul Cantabene said. “I think we’re a little deeper there with all three of our starters than we were a year ago. They’re big kids – 6-2, 215 with great reach. I think they’re doing a really nice job of understanding that they have to be the strength of our team to start the season and give us a chance to win, and they’re playing at a really high level. I think we have one of the better defenseman in the country in Kyle Fendlay. He’s really playing at a high level right now.”