April 16, 2011

Fast Start Leads Stevens Over St. John Fisher

from press release

HOBOKEN, N.J. – Junior attacker Jenna Scheibling recorded a team-high six points thanks to a goal and five assists to help lead the No. 9 Stevens Institute of Technology women’s lacrosse team to a hard-fought 13-11 win over St. John Fisher College on a rainy and windy Saturday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex. The win is the sixth straight for the Ducks who are now 6-0 in the Empire 8 and 11-2 overall. Fisher drops to 7-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the loss.

Scheibling and the Ducks got off to a remarkable start tallying three goals in less then one minute and four goals over the first 2:36 of action. Scheibling assisted on all four tallies, the first from junior Michelle Buonacuore 34 seconds into the game. Senior Christine Smith, senior Pamela Loria, and sophomore Joey Galligan recorded the other Stevens markers in the fast start.

In total the Ducks scored the first six goals of the game with Loria finding Smith 10:09 into the action for a 5-0 lead and freshman Kara Rafferty feeding Scheibling 2:35 later.

St. John Fisher’s Taylor Hughes (Watertown, N.Y.) tallied both Cardinal goals with the second coming with just four seconds to go in the first half. Stevens ended the first with a 13-7 shot advantage and a 9-7 ground ball advantage. The Ducks also won 7-of-9 draws.

The Cardinals scored the first two goals of the second half to trim the lead to two with 28:03 left before Buonacuore broke some of the momentum with her second goal of the game. Sophomore Melissa Leonhard (Penfield, N.Y.) answered for Fisher with a free-position goal but again Buonacuore tallied to put the Ducks back up three (8-5) with less than 25 minutes to play.

The teams continued to trade goals pretty much the entire half but Fisher could never get closer than two as the Ducks held on for the key victory. Freshman Melanie Welcome (Winsted, Conn.) made six saves in goal for Stevens to earn the win. The rookie made several key stops in the second half to keep the Ducks on top by two goals and seemed to take away from some of the Fisher momentum.

Stevens ended the game with a 25-24 edge in shots, an 18-15 ground ball advantage, and a 14-12 margin on draw controls.

Fisher was led by four goals from Leonhard and three from Merriam. Leonhard also grabbed five draw controls and scooped up two ground balls. Freshman defender Marykate Edmunds (New Hartford, N.Y.) had a team-high three caused turnovers for the Cardinals, while Hughes finished with two goals, an assist, and two ground balls. Freshman Caroline Trpcevski (Manlius, N.Y.) made five saves for Fisher in the loss.

Scheling added a draw control to her line of a goal and five assists, while Smith scored a team-high four goals and had four draw controls. Buonacuore had a ground ball and caused turnover to go along with her four points (three goals, one assist), while Rafferty scored once, handed out a pair of assists and had two draw controls. Loria finished with two goals, an assist, and two draw controls.

Defensively, Stevens was paced by five ground balls, three draw controls, and two caused turnovers by junior Ashley Carey. Senior Kate Cox had a team-high three caused turnovers, two ground balls, and two draw controls, while junior Lindsay Daly had two ground balls. Sophomore Teegan Kelly had three ground balls and a caused turnover, and Galligan finished with a goal, two ground balls, and one caused turnover.

Stevens will return to action on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when it hosts Nazareth College in a key Empire 8 game.

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