No. 19 Mustangs Fall at No. 20 Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - A balanced scoring effort and a solid defensive performance led the 20th ranked University of Mary Washington women's lacrosse team to a 14-6 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Stevenson University on Saturday at the Battleground. The Eagles improve to 7-2 overall and 5-0 in CAC play.

Stevenson opened the scoring in the opening minutes, but the Eagles answered quickly and often, netting the next five goals of the game to lead, 5-1, with 13:44 left in the first half. Senior Brittany Butler (Easton, Conn., Joel Barlow) and sophomore Catherine Kennedy (Baltimore, Md., Baltimore Lutheran)each scored twice in the run, with sophomore Allie Kimmelman (Burke, Va., Robinson) adding one tally.

After a Mustang tally cut the lead to 5-2, Lauren Callison (Stevensville, Md., Kent Island) and Katie Wallis (Cypress, Texas, Cy-Creek) scored to up the lead to 7-2. Kennedy capped the first half scoring on a Kimmelman assist to give UMW an 8-3 advantage at intermission.

The Eagles scored six of the first seven second half goals, allowing just one score in the first 27 minutes of the frame to seal the 14-6 win. Butler, Kennedy, and Wallis each scored twice in the second for UMW.

Mary Washington outshot Stevenson, 30-29, and had 24 ground balls to 21 for the Mustangs. The Eagles won 14 of 22 draw controls and were successful on 6-9 free position attempts, while Stevenson was just 1-9. Freshman Leigh Ann Redefer (Lewes, Del., Cape Henlopen) made 15 saves for the Eagles. Jenny Atmar (Houston, Texas, Bellaire) scored three draw controls, three caused turnovers, and three ground balls, while Ellen Bikowski (Fairfax, Va., Bishop O'Connell) forced six turnovers for the Eagles.

Kennedy led UMW with five goals and one assist, Butler scored four goals, Wallis scored three times, and Kimmelman added a goal and three assists for UMW.

Mary Washington will visit Catholic University on April 1 at 4:00 p.m.

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FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Stevenson women's lacrosse sophomore Kelli Battista (Elkridge/Long Reach) scored a career-high four points on two goals and two assists, but the 19th-ranked Mustangs were held to their lowest goal total of the season in falling to No. 20 Mary Washington Saturday, 14-6 at the Battleground Athletic Complex.

The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Stevenson (8-3, 3-1 CAC) and was its first conference loss.

Meanwhile, Mary Washington remained unbeaten in CAC play and increased its lead to three games over No. 1-ranked Salisbury who travels to St. Mary's (Md.) on Sunday.

Catherine Kennedy and Brittany Butler combined for nine goals and outscored the Mustangs by three as Kennedy totaled five goals to go along with one assist for six points. Butler and Allie Kimmelman each totaled four points as Kimmelman had one goal and three assists.

Six of the Eagles' 14 goals came on free position shots as they were 6 for 9, including 4 for 5 in the first half where they built an 8-3 halftime lead.

Stevenson was just 1 of 9 on free position shots.

Battista, who had a hand in all three of Stevenson's first half goals, scored off an assist from junior Lisa Baker (Westminster/Westminster) just 2:22 into the game before Mary Washington answered with five-straight, including two from Kennedy and Butler, to take the lead for good.

In addition to allowing four free position goals in the first half, the Mustangs were also just 6 of 13 on clears and had 13 turnovers.

Senior Lauren Zegowitz (Gaithersburg/Damascus), who broke the school's career points record on Tuesday, finished with one goal and one assist and now has 191 career points.

Sophomore Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park/Severna Park) made 11 saves while counterpart Leigh Ann Redefer stopped 15 shots.

Stevenson has the week off before returning to action next Saturday, April 3 against No. 1-ranked Salisbury at home at 11:30 a.m.


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