March 3, 2012

No. 12 Stevens Holds Off Montclair State

from press release

– The 12th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team earned its fifth-straight season-opening win on Saturday, holding off feisty Montclair State University, 10-8, at the De Baun Athletic Complex. Senior quad-captain Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) had five points, and junior goalkeeper Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made 10 saves between the pipes to lead Stevens in the victory.

Stevens dominated the first 18-plus minutes of action to take a 3-0 lead 17:17 into the game. Junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) put away a feed from senior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) to start the scoring 3:40 in, and a little less than eight minutes later, junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) rang the bell with a free-position goal.

Waybright scored on a pass from Buonacuore with 12:43 left in the first half for the 3-0 lead, and MSU (1-1) finally found its way on the scoreboard when sophomore midfielder Kelly Schoneveld (Denville, N.J.) converted a free-position attempt into a tally.

Freshman defender Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) scored the first goal of her career with 6:07 left in the opening period, and just 1:13 later, Buonacuore tallied her first of the day. Junior attack Kailee beal (Succasunna, N.J.) brought the Red Hawks within three (5-2), but the Ducks answered with two to end of the first half and went into the break with a 7-2 advantage. Galligan and Buonacuore had the goals.

Senior midfielder Cora Delfina (New Egypt, N.J.) opened the second-half scoring for Montclair to make it 7-3 1:07 in, and the two teams played scoreless lacrosse for the next 14:17 of game time. Buonacuore scored her third of the day and Scheibling followed 24 seconds later to give Stevens its largest lead at 9-3 with 14:12 on the clock.

Despite looking all but out of it, the Red Hawks hung tough and swung the momentum with four-straight goals over a span of 4:40 to make it a 9-7 game with 8:52 left. Schoneveld had two goals in the run for Montclair State. Once the Ducks gained possession, they were able to create several strong scoring chances, eventually finding the back of the net when Buonacuore hit Ingersoll in front with a beautiful pass and cut to put the Ducks back up three (10-7) with 5:58 to play.

Beal scored to make it a two-goal game 44 seconds later, but the Ducks were able to hang on and earned the 10-8 win.

Stevens ended with a 28-26 edge in shots and a 22-19 margin in ground balls. The Ducks were 2-for-7 on free-position shots, with MSU going 3-for-6.

Collins was strong in groal, making 10 saves with two ground balls and a caused turnover, while her counterpart, junior Tiffani Henderson (Landin, N.J.) made 10 stops.

Buonacuore finished with three goals and two assists, and Galligan tallied twice, handed out one helper and picked up two ground balls. Scheibling had a goal and two assists, while Waybright tallied twice, picked up three ground balls, caused two turnovers and corralled a pair of draws. Ingersoll scored twice as well, getting two ground balls and one caused turnover. Senior defender Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) had three caused turnovers to go along with a team-high three draw controls and two ground balls, while sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) had a team-best five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior defender Lindsay Daly (Northport, N.Y.) had three ground balls and a caused turnover.

Schoneveld and Beal each scored three times for the Red Hawks with Delfini getting a pair. Sophomore Brittany Cardone (New Egypt, N.J.) had a team-high four ground balls, and Schoneveld recorded four draw controls.

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