April 13, 2011

No. 9 Stevens Improves to 5-0 in E8

from press release

– Seniors Christine Smith and Pamela Loria, junior Michelle Buonacuore, and sophomore Spencer Waybright all tallied five points as the ninth-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team improved to 10-2 overall and 5-0 in the Empire 8 with a 20-4 win over Hartwick College on a wet afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex.

Smith put the Ducks on the board 3:51 into the game and 37 seconds later junior Jenna Scheibling notched her first of the afternoon. Sophomore Ryan McGovern (Miller Place, N.Y.) scored the Hawks' first goal before sophomore Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) and Waybright tallied back-to-back markers to make it 4-1 Stevens with 22:14 left in the first. Freshman Brittany McCabe (Manorville, N.Y.) pulled Hartwick within two, nine minutes in, but that would be the closest the Hawks would get as Stevens closed the period on an 11-0 run.

Loria started things off and Galligan followed with two 26 seconds apart for a 7-2 lead. Smith, Galligan, and freshman Kara Rafferty poured in the next three goals to get the Ducks to double digits, with Loria, Smith, Scheibling, Buonacuore, and Waybright tallying goals 11 through 15 and giving the Ducks a 13-goal edge going into intermission.

Stevens ended the first 30 minutes with a 30-4 edge in shots, a 13-7 groundball advantage, and won 11 out of the 17 draws. Hartwick goalie Jen Kaye (Altamont, N.Y.) made 11 saves to lead the Hawks.

Sophomore Christine Eicher and Smith scored the first two goals of the second half, with senior Claire Eudy and freshman Gabby Gordon netting a pair after Hartwick's third score of the afternoon. Eudy tallied the final Stevens goal of the day for the final margin.

The Ducks have now won five-straight games dating back to April 1 and have scored 20 or more goals in three of those wins. Stevens completed Wednesday's contest with a 40-9 advantage in shots and a 17-11 edge in ground balls. The Ducks won 17-of-25 draws and only committed 12 turnovers. Stevens was also 3-for-6 on its free-position attempts.

Sophomore Meg Collins earned the win in goal for the Ducks, playing the game's first 30 minutes and making one save.

Defensively, Stevens was solid all afternoon, recording 14 caused turnovers and just four goals against. Junior Ashley Carey, Smith, Rafferty, and Loria all had two CT's apiece, while Buonacuore caused a game-high three for the Ducks. Senior Kate Cox had two ground balls and two draw controls, while Smith added two ground balls and six draw controls to her line of four goals and one assist.

Waybright had four draw controls along with two goals and three helpers, with Loria scooping up a pair of ground balls in addition to her two goals and three assists. Buonacuore finished with a score, four assists, and two ground balls in addition to leading the team in caused turnovers, and Galligan had a ground ball and draw control in addition to her four tallies. Sophomore Teegan Kelly had three ground balls, one draw control, and one caused turnover, and Scheibling finished the action with two goals, two assists, and a ground ball.

Kaye finished with 14 saves for the Hawks.

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