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The No. 4 Mustangs (20-2) will be making their fourth Final Four appearance in the last five years when they play host to the reigning national champion and No. 12
"It means a lot for our team to keep doing this," coach Paul Cantabene said Friday morning. "We don't take it for granted getting to the national semifinals each year. It's something that we take very seriously, and I think the guys are very proud of the accomplishment. But at the same time, they're not satisfied. We've been here and now we've got to take that next step as a program and I think we're very focused on that."
Cantabene was alluding to Stevenson's 0-3 record in the semifinals. The team fell to Gettysburg in 2009 and was ousted from the tournament by Salisbury in 2011 and 2012. Cantabene said ending that trend is a priority for the players and coaches.
"It means a lot to our guys, and it is motivation," he said. "They want to take that next step. They built this program and a lot of these guys were in three of the last final fours. So I think they want to take that next step. It means a lot to them. They've worked hard, they've put a lot into this and it's all part of the journey for them because they've put so much into this program and it means so much to them. To see where it has come from when we started, I think they really want to take that next step."
The Mustangs will have to get past the Sea Gulls – who have won 10 NCAA titles – to achieve that goal, and senior midfielder Peter Green said the team would have it no other way.