March 23, 2011

No. 9 Stevens Breezes Past Drew

from press release

HOBOKEN, N.J.
– Junior Michelle Buonacuore recorded a game-high five points and six players scored multiple goals as the ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 13-5 win over Drew University (3-4) on a cold and wet afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Collins tallied seven saves to earn the win in net for the Ducks.

For the second time in as many games, Stevens controlled the first half of action, taking an 11-4 lead into the locker room. Junior Jenna Scheibling put the Ducks up 19 ticks into the game thanks to a nice pass from senior Pamela Loria, but Drew responded to take the lead with a pair of markers from senior Stacie Brown (Upper Marlboro, N.J.).

Loria brought the Ducks even midway through the first with her first of the game, and after Drew opened up a 3-2 advantage with 13:19 left in the half, the Ducks erupted for nine-straight goals to open up an 11-3 lead with 4:02 to go in the first. Senior midfielder Christine Smith started the run with two goals 1:31 apart to give the Ducks their first lead since 29:31 of the first, and sophomore Spencer Waybright followed with her first of the game 1:06 later.

Freshman Kara Rafferty found the back of the net thanks to an assist from sophomore Joey Galligan to make it 6-3 Stevens, and Buonacuore tallied her first of the evening moments later. Waybright found net for a second time thanks to a Buonacuore helper, with Rafferty ringing the bell for the second time in the half 28 seconds later. Scheibling recorded her first tally of the game with five minutes left before the break and Waybright scored again to make it 11-3 before Lyndsay Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) ended the Stevens run with a Ranger goal with 17 seconds left.

The Ducks ended the opening period with a 19-5 edge in shots, a 9-5 advantage in ground balls, and a 10-8 draw control lead.

Each team scored only once in the second half but the Ducks' defense did all it needed to maintain a solid working margin for Stevens. Senior Kate Cox, junior Ashley Carey, junior Lindsay Daly, sophomore Teegan Kelly, and Collins were all along the back line for Stevens, allowing a season-low five goals.

Collins, Daly, and Carey each caused two turnovers, while Cox and Carey each scooped up a team-high three ground balls. Carey, Smith, Kelly, and Galligan all controlled two or more draws.

Buonacuore had three assists, two goals, and a ground ball for the Ducks, and Waybright ended with three goals and one helper. Scheibling and Loria each had three points on two goals and an assist, while Rafferty had two goals and two draw controls.

The Ducks ended with a 29-18 edge in shots and a 16-11 ground-ball advantage. Stevens controlled 12-of-22 draws as well.

Drew was led by two goals from Brown.

The Ducks will return to action against in-state rival Rowan University on Saturday at 1 p.m. All the action will be webcast live from the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J.

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