Mustangs' Comeback Falls Short Versus York

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - York (Pa.) goalie Tina Nicklas stopped a free position shot by Stevenson freshman Marissa Meiklejohn (Glen Burnie/Old Mill) with just two seconds remaining as the Spartans held off a furious comeback by the Mustangs in the final seven minutes en route to a 10-9 victory Tuesday at Caves Athletics Complex.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Stevenson (6-5, 3-2 CAC) against the Spartans and was the team's first versus a non-ranked opponent this season.

Meanwhile, the win moved York (8-2, 3-2 CAC) into a tie for third place in the CAC with the Mustangs as the team is just three wins shy of tying the school record for wins in a season with 11 set in 2008.

Nicklas finished with 15 saves on the day, including 10 in the second half and four in the final four minutes as Stevenson tried to rally from a four-goal deficit.

Freshman Leah Warner (Pasadena/Northeast) scored two of her three goals in the last seven minutes as Stevenson tried to rally from a 10-6 deficit with 9:00 remaining following Kim Wayson's second goal of the game and CAC-leading 43rd of the season.

The Mustangs scored the final three goals of the game to pull within one on Warner's third of the game and 21st of the season with 28 seconds left.

Junior Emily Gartrell (Jarretsville/North Harford) picked up the ensuing draw control to give Stevenson a shot at the possible game-winner, but Nicklas stopped her six free position shot of the game and the Spartans held on for their first win against the Mustangs since Mar. 26, 2008.

Warner also added an assist to finish with four points, marking her third game this season with at least three goals and four points while Meiklejohn tied her career-high with three points on two goals and one assist.

Stevenson outshot the Spartans 34-18 and held a 23-14 advantage in ground balls, but the difference proved to be Nicklas.

After the Mustangs scored less than four minutes into the game, York scored the next four, including three by Leah Schultz, to take a 4-1 lead with 9:17 to play in the opening half.

The Spartans would hold a 5-2 lead at the half before taking the first of three, four-goal advantages just 1:22 into the second half on Wayson's first goal.

Both of Meiklejohn's goals came just 19 seconds apart to bring the Mustangs within eight at 8-6 with 15:00 remaining in the second half. However, the Spartans answered with goals from Wayson and Erika Mullford to push the lead back to four.

Freshman Alyssa Russell (Towson/Loch Raven) made five saves in her first career start for the Mustangs.

Stevenson looks to snap its two-game losing streak on Saturday when it hosts a CAC contest versus No. 17 Mary Washington at 12:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on WBAL Plus, digital 11-2, Comcast 208 and Verizon Fios as well as streamed online at GoMustangSports.com.

2011-03-30



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