No. 13 Stevens Rallies to Edge Nazareth

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Visiting Stevens scored the last five goals of the game Saturday, including the game-winning score with just :01 left in regulation as the 13th-ranked Ducks rallied for a 9-8 women's lacrosse victory over Nazareth. Junior Michelle Cook (Waterloo/Waterloo, NY) had two goals and two assists for Nazareth and senior Nora Davis (Bishop Ludden/Syracuse, NY) also scored twice.

The Ducks improved to 11-2 overall and 5-1 in the Empire 8. Nazareth had won four straight games, but slipped to 8-5 overall and 4-2 in conference games. The Golden Flyers close out their regular-season schedule with a pair of conference home games next weekend. Nazareth hosts Ithaca Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Elmira Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

In Saturday's game, Nazareth seemed poised to pull off an upset win as the Golden Flyers took a seemingly safe 8-4 lead on a goal by Nora Davis (Bishop Ludden/Syracuse, NY) with 22:56 left. The Ducks, however, staged a dramatic rally as a goal by Christine Smith and two by Pamela Loria closed the lead to 8-7 with 3:13 to play.

A costly Nazareth turnover enabled Stevens to gain possession in the last minute and set up senior Alyssa Pigott for the tying goal with :35 left. Pigott, the E8 Player of the Year for 2009, had been held without a point until she converted a free-position shot to tie the score.

Stevens' Ashley Carey won the ensuing draw control and the Pigott was awarded another free-position shot with :05 left. Pigott's shot got past Nazareth goalie Ann Sessler (Cazenovia, NY) for her 41st goal of the season and gave Stevens the victory.

Stevens scored the first three goals of the game to take an early lead. Spencer Waybright scored off a pass from Smith and then Smith added two goals for the Ducks. Nazareth goals by Michelle Cook (Waterloo, NY) and Chelsey Amidon (Marcellus, NY) brought Nazareth to within 3-2, before a goal by Stevens' Leah Wasserman gave the Ducks a 4-2 lead.

Nazareth then seized control by scoring six straight goals -- the last five of the first half and the first goal of the second half -- to take the largest lead of the game at 8-4.

Goals by Megan Cregan (Brighton/Rochester, NY) and Cook tied the score at 4-4. Davis gave Nazareth its first lead at 5-4 with an unassisted score with 11:37 left in the half. Stephanie Cash (Saratoga Springs, NY) and Alyssa Johnston (Canadaigua, NY) each converted free-position shots within a 32-second span to extend Nazareth's lead to 7-4. Davis then scored the first goal of the second half off a pass from Cook to make the score 8-4.

Stevens had a 29-19 edge in shots and a 21-20 advantage in ground balls. Stevens won 11 draws to Nazareth's seven. Davis and Sarah McCaskill (Cypress, TEX) each had four ground balls for Nazareth and McCaskill had four caused turnovers. Sessler made 11 saves for Nazareth, while Shannon McFadden had four saves for the Ducks.


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