Loria Leads #10 Stevens to Win Over Montclair

MONTCLAIR, N.J. (March 5, 2011) 10th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology opened the 2011 season with a convincing 17-7 win over Montclair State on Saturday afternoon at Sprague Field. Stevens scored the first two goals of the game and never looked back en route to the victory as senior Pamela Loria (New Providence, N.J.) turned in a superb eight-point performance to lead the Ducks.

Senior midfielder Christine Smith (East Northport, N.J.) put the Ducks on top with a free-position goal 8:13 into the action, and after senior attack Leah Wasserman (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) controlled the ensuing draw, Loria made it 2-0 just 21 seconds later.

Junior midfielder Cora Delfini (New Egypt, N.J.) trimmed the Stevens advantage to one with 20:35 left, but the Ducks went on to score three-straight times to push their lead to four (5-1). Smith, Wasserman, and Loria rang the bell for Stevens, with Loria registering a pair of assists as well.

Montclair bounced back with a pair to cut the Stevens lead to two at 5-3 with 11:29 remaining in the first half, but tallies from junior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) and sophomore midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) upped the advantage back to four.

Following the Red Hawks' fourth goal of the half, Stevens put in the final two scores to take a commanding 9-4 lead into intermission. Smith and freshman midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) notched the Duck goals.

Montclair scored the first two goals of the second half to cut the Stevens lead to three with 19:40 in regulation, but the Ducks scored six-straight over the next 11-plus minutes to put the game away. Loria started the run with a free-position goal and Scheibling then found junior Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) to make it 11-6. Just 31 seconds later Wasserman scored her third of the game and with under 10 minutes on the clock, the senior tallied again.

Galligan and Buonacuore tallied the final two Stevens goals in the run, and after MSU's final tally to make it 16-7, Scheibling recorded her second of the game thanks to an assist from Buonacuore.

Stevens ended the game with a 36-17 edge in shots and won 15 of 26 draws. The Ducks converted two of their three free-position attempts. The Red Hawks picked up 24 ground balls compared to 20 for Stevens.

Wasserman scored a game-high four goals and handed out one assist for her five points. She also had a ground ball and two draw controls. Loria totaled eight points on three goals and five assists in a monster performance. In addition, she caused two turnovers, tallied one draw control, and one ground ball.

Smith had a team-high four ground balls and five draw controls along with two caused turnovers and three goals. Scheibling totaled three points on two goals and a helper as did Buonacuore. Galligan had two goals, a team-high four ground balls, and two draw controls in a strong performance off the bench, and midfielder Teegan Kelly (Charlton, N.Y.) caused two turnovers and picked up a ground ball.

Sophomore goalkeeper Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) earned the win in goal, making two saves in 30 minutes. Freshman Melanie Welcome (Winsted, Conn.) played the second half and made one save.

Senior midfielder Kayla Henderson (Landing, N.J.) led the Red Hawks with four points on three goals and an assist. Sophomore Tiffani Henderson (Landing, N.J.) played well in goal for Montclair, making 11 saves.

Stevens will return to action in Orlando, Fla. on March 14 against No. 5 Gettysburg College.


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