Waybright's Nine Pts. Propel #17 Stevens by Elmira

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 6, 2012) Junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) recorded a career-high nine points to lead 17th-ranked Stevens to an 18-6 rout of Elmira on Friday afternoon at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. With the win, the Ducks move to 1-1 in the Empire 8 and 6-3 overall, while the Soaring Eagles fall to 0-2 in the conference and 6-3 overall with the loss.

The Ducks came out firing in this one and were never threatened in the victory. Senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) put the Ducks on top 1-0 47 seconds in, and sophomore attack Gabrielle Gordon (Flemington, N.J.) tallied at the 27:51 mark to put the hosts on top 2-0. Buonacuore rang the bell after a pass from Waybright for the Stevens' third of the game and 5:24 into the action Waybright had her third, putting home a feed from senior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.).

Senior Lindsay Mitchell (Arnold, N.H.) got the Soaring Eagles on the board to trim the Stevens margin to 4-1, but the Ducks put the game out of reach by scoring eight-straight goals over a span of 16 minutes. Gordon started the run, with senior defender Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.), Scheilbing, Waybright, sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.), Gordon again, Rafferty with her second and Buonacuore pocketing the goals.

The Soaring Eagles came back with two straight to cut the lead to 12-3, but Stevens scored the final three of the first to take a 15-3 margin into intermission. Freshman midfielder Holly Good (Charleston, S.C.) netted the first goal of her career, with Waybright and Gordon closing the first-period scoring.

Senior Meghan Pass (Owego, N.Y.) started the second-half scoring two minutes in, but Gordon and Waybright answered quickly for the Ducks, putting in goals after passes from freshman attack Bianca Caseiro (Raritan, N.J.) and Scheibling. Pass tallied her second of the game with 19:44 left before junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) got on the board for Stevens with her first of the contest to make it 18-5. Mitchell closed out the scoring with a free-position goal at the 12:45 mark of the second half.

Stevens scored 18 goals on 29 shots and ended with a 26-17 edge in ground balls. The Ducks won 16 of the 27 draws and were a perfect 13 for 13 in clears. Junior Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made four saves to earn the win in goal. Sophomore Sarah Prall (Lansdale, Pa.) played the second half for the Ducks making two stops.

Waybright had five goals and four assists along with four draw controls, and Buonacuore finished with five points (three goals, two assists), one ground ball, one draw control and one caused turnover. Gordon ended with five goals and a draw control. Rafferty had two goals, two caused turnovers, two draw controls and three ground balls, while Scheibling tallied once, handed out four helpers and picked up three ground balls.

Carey had a game-high five ground balls, two draw controls, one goal and one caused turnover, with Galligan getting one tally and four draw controls. Freshman Gabriela Sanchez (Auburn, N.H.) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers, and senior Lindsay Daly (Northport, N.Y.) scooped up one ground ball and had two caused turnovers. Caseiro finished with an assist and two ground balls.

Pass and Mitchell each scored twice with Mitchell recording a pair of helpers, a game-high six draw controls, three ground balls and one caused turnover as well.

The Ducks will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Alfred University in an Empire 8 game at 1:00 p.m.


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