March 26, 2011

Smith, Cox Key No. 9 Stevens Win Over Rowan

from press release

– Senior midfielder Christine Smith scored a season-high five goals to help lead the ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team to a 13-7 win over Rowan University on a cold Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Senior defender Kate Cox spearheaded a solid defensive effort for Stevens, causing five Profs turnovers and picking up two ground balls.

Just like the last two games, Stevens (5-1) completely dominated the first half of play, jumping out to an 8-1 halftime lead and never felt threatened the rest of the way. Junior Jenna Scheibling put the Ducks on top with a pretty unassisted tally 56 seconds into the game, and senior Pamela Loria upped the edge to two at the 26:58 mark.

Scheibling notched her second unassisted goal of the game 10:06 later, and Smith recorded her first two markers of the afternoon to put Stevens on top 5-0 with 10:01 left in the first. Wasserman, Smith, and senior Michelle Buonacuore scored the final three Duck goals of the first half, with senior Leah Hershey (Glen Rock, Pa.) tallying the lone Rowan goal with a little more than a minute left in the period.

Stevens ended the first half of play with an 18-6 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in ground balls.

Smith and Buonacuore scored 1:04 apart to help the Ducks open up a 10-1 advantage with 26:42 remaining, but Rowan did not quit, scoring six of the game's next seven to cut the Stevens lead to four at 11-7 with 6:42 to play. Junior Michelle Lubrano (Delanco, N.J.) rang the bell three times in the spurt for the Profs.

Four would be as close as Rowan would get as Smith and Loria recorded the last two scores of the game for the final margin.

The Ducks ended the contest with a 29-20 advantage in shots and a 14-11 edge in ground balls. Stevens controlled 12-of-22 draws.

Freshman Melanie Welcome earned the win in goal for Stevens totaling nine saves. In addition to Cox, the Ducks' "D" was keyed by sophomore Joey Galligan, junior Ashley Carey, sophomore Teegan Kelly, and junior Lindsay Daly. Galligan had two caused turnovers, three ground balls, and a draw control, while Daly had two caused turnovers. Kelly notched two ground balls and one caused turnover, and Carey picked up a ground ball and controlled one draw.

Smith added a team-high four draw controls and a caused turnover to her line, while Scheibling finished with five points on three goals and two assists. Loria and Buonacuore each had two goals and a helper, while Wasserman finished with a goal and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Spencer Waybright added three draw controls for the Ducks.

Lubrano had five points on three goals and two assists for town, while sophomore Shannon O'Brien (Kendall Park, N.J.) paced the defense with three caused turnovers and three ground balls.

The Ducks will return to action against No. 14 Middlebury College on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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