No. 20 Nazareth Rallies for One-Goal Win Over Stevenson

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Alyssa Johnston scored her second goal to give Nazareth a one-goal lead over Stevenson with 4:50 remaining in the game and Ann Sessler turned away three Stevenson shots in the final four minutes as the 20th-ranked Golden Flyers edged the Mustangs 11-10 Wednesday to remain unbeaten.

Trailing 9-7 with 22:09 left in the second half, the Mustangs (6-2) scored three consecutive goals, including the go-ahead tally on a free position shot by junior Megan Weiss (Odenton/Seton) with 9:56 to play.

However, Nazareth tied the game for the sixth time when Kristine Olijnyk scored her second of the half just 19 seconds later.

Neither team would score again until Alyssa Johnston netted the eventual game-winner with under five minutes remaining.

Stevenson had some opportunities in the final four minutes as the result of three Nazareth turnovers, three shots and three free position attempts, but Sessler had three of her 10 saves to send the Mustangs to just their second loss in their first eight games.

Both of Stevenson's losses have come to undefeated teams as McDaniel was 4-0 before suffering its first loss Tuesday, 13-12 to Connecticut College. The Mustangs were receiving votes in this week's IWLCA poll after being ranked for the first time in school history last week.

Nazareth (3-0) jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the game's first seven minutes behind two free position goals from Alyssia Roberts and Jennifer Roberts. The team maintained its two-goal advantage after Roberts' second goal at 11:10 gave the Yellowjackets a 5-3 advantage.

The Mustangs took their first lead with 4:41 following three-straight goals from senior Lauren Zegowitz (Gaithersburg/Damascus), junior Lisa Baker (Westminster/Westminster) and sophomore Spencer Kraus (Mt. Airy/South Carroll).

Erinn Wood netted her first goal at 3:29 off a feed from Cregan to tie the game at 6-6 at halftime.

Baker and Weiss finished with three goals each to lead the Stevenson offense while Zegowitz had one goal and one assist. Zegowitz now has 184 career points on 128 goals and 54 assists, leaving her only four shy of Heather Valunas' school record.

Sophomore Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park/Seton Keough) had 12 saves, one shy of her season-high.

Olijnyk, Johnston and Jennifer Young each had two goals for the Yellowjackets while Cregan and Michelle Cook totaled one goal and one assist.

Stevenson will face its second-straight nationally-ranked opponent on Saturday when it travels to Washington, D.C., to take on No. 10 Catholic. Game time is at noon.


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