Gordon Leads No. 13 Stevens to OT Win at Drew

MADISON, N.J. (March 24, 2012) Sophomore attack Gabrielle Gordon (Flemington, N.J.) scored a career-high five goals and sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) tallied three times including the overtime game-winner as No. 13 Stevens improved to 4-2 overall with a 14-12 win at Drew on Saturday afternoon at Ranger Stadium.

Neither team was able to gain more than a three-goal lead (7-4 Drew) throughout the contest, with the two sides being even after 30 minutes (7-7) and after 60 minutes (11-11).

In the overtime, Rafferty gave the Ducks the lead for good with 5:55 left on an assist from junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.). The Ducks went on top 13-11 1:24 later on an unassisted Rafferty tally, and following a goal from the Rangers (4-4), Gordon gave the Ducks a 14-12 margin on a free-position shot with 1:27 to go.

Gordon started the scoring 1:34 into the game and the two teams went back-and-forth with scoreboard showing four goals apiece with 13:33 left in the first after an unassisted goal from senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.). The Rangers then went on a 3-0 run to open a 7-4 margin with 5:17 left in the opening period, but the Ducks ended the half on a 3-0 spurt of their own to make it a 7-7 game heading into the break. Gordon (two) and Buonacuore had the Stevens goals.

In the second, the two teams were neck-and-neck throughout. Drew initiated the scoring with the Ducks responding, getting back-to-back tallies from junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) and Rafferty to take the lead with 20:56 left in regulation. Senior midfielders Lindsay Fry (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and Lyndsay Rossi (Pennington, N.J.) scored two unanswered to give Drew the lead, but Galligan and Waybright came right back for the Ducks as Stevens reclaimed a one-goal margin (11-10) with 9:30 in the second.

Junior attack Devon Affleck (Abington, Pa.) pulled Drew even with 2:25 left to close the scoring in regulation.

Stevens ended the game with a 37-25 advantage in shots and a 34-22 margin in ground balls. The Ducks won 16 of the game's 30 draw controls and converted on four of their nine free-position shots.

Rossi and Fry each had three goals for Drew, with senior attack Aileen Musynske (Floral Park, N.Y.) handing out four assists. Fry also had three caused turnovers.

Gordon had five goals, four ground balls and a draw control, and Rafferty had three goals and three draw controls. Buonacuore had three goals and two ground balls, with Galligan scoring twice and picking up a team-high six ground balls. Senior Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) had two assists, and Waybright finished with one goal, one helper, three ground balls, four draw controls and two caused turnovers. Senior Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) led the defense with three caused turnovers, four ground balls and a team-high five draw controls, while senior Lindsay Daly (Northport, N.Y.) had five ground balls.

Junior goalie Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made five saves in goals and also scooped up four ground balls to earn the win. Sophomore Christina Carlini (Amherst, N.H.) had 10 stops for the Rangers in the loss.

Stevens will return to action at Rowan University on Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

2012-03-24



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