Stevenson's struggles on EMOs a microcosm of entire offense

Stevenson’s 6-3 loss to then-No. 9 Lynchburg Saturday night shone a spotlight on an offense that is still looking for an identity and its footing.

The Mustangs, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 9 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association poll, didn’t help themselves on extra-man opportunities. They went 0-of-5 on man-up chances, including wasting a 30-second span in the fourth quarter when the Hornets were down two players.

Stevenson is just 5-of-35 (14.3 percent) on extra-man opportunities thus far after going 46-of-140 (32.9) last year. Coach Paul Cantabene said the man-up unit must be more productive.

“We made some changes from last week, but when you have four freshmen on your EMO unit right now, it makes it a little tough,” said Cantabene, whose team ended the conest against Lynchburg mired in a scoreless drought of 41 minutes, 57 seconds. “We just need to make plays. I think we’re getting put into position to make plays, and we’re just not making them. The looks are there, the people are there, and then we’ve got to make the play. We’ve got to start cashing in. We need our extra-man unit to help us. We get fouled a lot. We have to cash in on that area, and our kids know that.”

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