No. 19 Mustangs Down York to Advance to CAC Semifinals

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's lacrosse junior Lisa Baker (Westminster/Westminster) scored seven points to lead four players who had at least three goals as the No. 19-ranked Mustangs advanced to the semifinals of the CAC Women's Lacrosse Championship with a 16-7 win over York (Pa.) Saturday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The win was the 10th of the season for Stevenson (10-5), marking the first time in the program's 16-year history that it has posted three consecutive 10-win seasons. It also marks the third-straight season that the team has advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament.

Baker finished with three goals and four assists while sophomore Spencer Kraus (Mt. Airy/South Carroll) totaled five points, including four goals which tied her career-high.

Kraus scored three of the Mustangs' first five goals as they opened a 6-1 lead with 11:57 remaining in the first half. With the game tied at 1-1, she scored back-to-back goals just 58 seconds apart to start a 5-0 run that gave the team its five-goal margin.

Junior Megan Weiss (Odenton/Seton) also finished the game with four goals while senior Kristyna Hnizda (Manchester/North Carroll) added three goals to increase her career point total to 99.

Meanwhile, senior Lauren Zegowitz (Gaithersburg/Damascus) had one goal with 20:14 left in the second half and became the first player in school history to reach 200 career points. It was also the 143rd goal of her career, leaving her just eight shy of Heather Valunas' school record.

Kasie White's unassisted goal with 26:10 remaining pulled the Spartans (10-6) within three at 8-5, but Stevenson scored eight of the game's final 10 goals to cruise to even its all-time CAC championship record to 3-3.

The Mustangs held a 38-21 advantage in shots, including a 20-6 margin in the second half, and won 16 out of 25 draw controls while committing just 11 turnovers.

Leah Shultz led York with four goals. One of her goals came on a free-position where the Spartans were just 2 of 7.

Stevenson sophomore Jenny Schroeder (Serverna Park/Severna Park) finished with seven saves. Kelsey Evans made 11 for York before being replaced by Tina Nicklas for the final 12 minutes.

The Mustangs travel to top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Salisbury on Tuesday. It will mark the third straight year that the two teams have met in the semifinals. The Sea Gulls won 23-7 in 2008 and 19-8 in 2009, but Stevenson battled the seven-time CAC champions earlier this season, trailing by just two with just under six minutes to go before falling 14-10 at home on April 3.


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