April 10, 2011

Buonacuore's Seven Assists Leads No. 10 Stevens

from press release

– Junior Michelle Buonacuore handed out a single-game record seven assists and totaled 10 points to tie the single-game mark as the No. 10 Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team downed Elmira College, 21-5, on Senior Day at the De Baun Athletic Complex.

With the win, Stevens improves to 4-0 in the Empire 8 and 9-2 overall, while the Soaring Eagles drop to 4-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Senior Christine Smith also eclipsed the 200-career-point plateau with a goal early in the first half to become the fourth player in program history to achieve that feat.

Stevens ended the game with a 36-14 edge in shots and an 18-13 advantage in ground balls. Stevens won 23-of-27 draw controls with Smith grabbing a game-high eight. Freshman Melanie Welcome earned the win in goal, making four saves on the day.

Buonacuore's seven assists broke the single-game assists mark of six which was hit three times, the last in 2008 by Liz Mather. Ten individual points has occurred five previous times in program history – four by Valerie Barnhart and once in 2008 by present senior Leah Wasserman.

The Ducks struck early and often in the first half as Smith put away a feed from Wasserman just 13 seconds into the action, and Wasserman found the back of the net after a nice pass from junior Jenna Scheibling 1:10 later to put Stevens up 2-0.

Smith's 200th career point came 3:13 into the game thanks to another assist from Scheibling, and after the Soaring Eagles' first score of the game, Scheibling found her way into the goal column with a tally following a nice pass from Buonacuore.

Smith's third goal of the game came on a free-position attempt and Buonacuore put the Ducks on top 6-1 with an unassisted tally with 20:08 left in the period.

Sophomore Jordan Donegan (Syracuse, N.Y.) pulled Elmira within four at 6-2 before sophomore Spencer Waybright notched the Ducks' seventh marker of the afternoon. Scheibling made it 8-2 Stevens before the Soaring Eagles netted two-straight times to pull within four, but Waybright was able to tally the final goal of the first half to send the Ducks into intermission with a 9-4 lead.

Stevens turned up the defense intensity in the second half and were efficient on the offensive end, outscoring the Soaring Eagles 12-1 for the 21-5 final. After 12:16 of scoreless lacrosse, the Ducks erupted for seven goals over a span of 6:44 to open up a 16-5 lead with 11:00 to play as Loria and Waybright each netted two markers in the run that put the game away.

In addition to Buonacuore's record-setting day there were many Ducks filling up the stat sheet. Waybright ended the game with five goals, two assists, and three draw controls, while Smith had four goals and two assists to go along with her eight draw controls. Scheibling finished with five points on two goals and three helpers, and Loria added three goals and an assist.

Freshman Gabby Gordon had a goal, an assist, and a caused turnover, while sophomore Christine Eicher added one tally. Senior Kate Cox had an excellent game, recording two points (one goal, one assist), one draw control, three ground balls, and a game-high five caused turnovers. Sophomore Teegan Kelly had three ground balls, three caused turnovers, and two draw controls, while junior Ashley Carey had two ground balls, three draw controls, and a caused turnover. Freshman Kara Rafferty had three ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control.

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