No. 14 Stevens Picks up Win at Rowan

GLASSBORO, N.J. (March 28, 2012) No. 14 Stevens improved to 5-2 with a 14-11 win over Rowan on Wednesday night. Sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.J.), junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.), senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) and senior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) all tallied four or more points in the win for Stevens.

After freshman attack Becca Wood (Cherry Hill, N.J.) put the Profs (3-5) on top 1-0 3:41 into the action, the Ducks came back with five of the game's next six goals to open a 5-2 advantage. Waybright put away a feed from Scheibling to get the Ducks on the board and two minutes later an unassisted marker from Rafferty gave Stevens its first lead. Rowan knotted the game at two-all but a score from Buonacuore and two-straight goals from Waybright put the visitors up by three with 16:39 to play in the first.

Wood and senior midfielder Michelle Lubrano (Delanco, N.J.) scored back-to-back tallies to get the Rowan within one at 5-4, but the Ducks netted the final two goals of the first to take a 7-4 margin into intermission. Buonacuore and Scheibling were responsible for the Stevens scores with freshman defender Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) assisting the latter.

Buonacuore started the second period scoring to give Stevens its largest lead of the game (8-4), but the Profs would not go away, scoring two in a row to make it an 8-6 contest with 24:11 left.

After the two Rowan goals, Stevens went on a game-changing 5-0 run over a span of 9:10 to open a 13-7 advantage with 14 minutes on the clock. Rafferty, Scheibling, Buonacuore, freshman Andrea Dragoni (Easton, Pa.) and Waybright had the scores with Rafferty and Scheibling picking up assists.

Rowan made a valiant effort down the stretch with four straight to pull within three (13-10) at the 5:11 mark, but a score from junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) capped the Stevens scoring with the Ducks eventually taking home a 14-11 victory.

Rafferty finished with two goals, two assists, a team high five draw controls and one ground ball. Waybright finished with four goals, three draw controls and a ground ball, while Buonauore had four scores, a helper and one ground ball. Scheibling had two goals, two assists and a draw control.

Senior defender Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) corralled three draws and forced a pair of turnovers. Ingersoll finished with an assist, four ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers, while Galligan had two ground balls and an assist. Junior goalie Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made seven saves to earn her fifth win of the year in the cage. She also picked up six ground balls in the process.

Lubrano led the hosts with five goals and four draw controls, and freshman midfielder Jamie Blondina (Toms River, N.J.) had three scores, an assist and four draw controls. Wood finished with three points, while senior goalie Kerry Pehnke (West Windsor, N.J.) made 11 saves in the loss.

The Ducks ended with a 33-23 edge in shots and a 15-12 margin in ground balls. Stevens held a slim 14-13 advantage in ground balls.

Stevens will return to action on Saturday afternoon at Ithaca College in the Empire 8 opener for both schools. Game time is slated for 3:00 p.m.

2012-03-28



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