South Carolina Stingrays winger David de Kastrozza will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
de Kastrozza injured his knee this past Friday night against the Florida Everblades. An MRI revealed that de Kastrozza had a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
In 51 games this season, the second-year pro had 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points. In 94 career games with the Stingrays over the past three seasons, de Kastrozza has 29 goals and 26 assists for 55 points.
“It really puts us in a tough spot because David was such an offensive threat for us,” said Stingrays head coach Spencer Carbery. “David’s injury will be an opportunity for other guys to step up and produce.”
Carbery said the team can’t use de Kastrozza’s absence as an excuse.
“This isn’t a built-in excuse. The guys can’t set themselves up for failure if they go into the game, thinking that without David we have no chance at winning,” Carbery said. “We have to be stronger mentally than that.”
Meanwhile, Carbery said that he’s waiting to hear from the team’s doctors this afternoon on the status of forward Chris Higgins. Higgins has been out nearly three months with a hand injury. Higgins, who has two goals and four assists in nine games for the Stingrays this season, has not played since Dec. 3. Higgins has been practicing with the Stingrays for the last two weeks.
“We’re hopeful that Chris will be cleared to play,” Carbery said.