No. 17 Stevens Falls to No. 12 York in Thriller

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 10, 2012) Despite a strong performance by the defense that included 10 saves from Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.), 17th-ranked Stevens fell to No. 12 York by an 8-7 final at the De Baun Athletic Complex on Tuesday. With the loss, Stevens drops to 7-4 overall, while the Spartans improve to 12-3.

The Spartans jumped on top early with the game's first two goals and four of the first five. Junior midfielder Leah Schultz (Catonsville, Md.) put the visitors on the board exactly five minutes in and 60 seconds later, junior attack Kim Wayson (Harwood, Md.) made it 2-0 York courtesy of a free-position goal.

Senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) got the Ducks on the board with an unassisted goal at the 21:50 mark of the first half, but sophomore midfielder Kerri Nicolich (Islip, N.Y.) and freshman midfielder Sarah Castle (Annapolis, Md.) both put home feeds from Wayson to push the Spartan lead to 4-1.

From that point on, the Ducks went on a 5-0 run bridging the first and second half to open a 5-4 lead with 18:28 to play. Junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) found the back of the net thanks to a pretty pass from freshman Caitlyn Hughes (Randolph, N.J.) with 6:47 in the first and 4:47 later Waybright struck again after a helper from Buonacuore.

Stevens sophomore Gabrielle Gordon (Flemington, N.J.) went coast-to-coast, burying her shot in the lower-right corner of the cage to pull Stevens even with Buonacuore scoring her second of the game to give the Ducks their first lead with 18:28 to play.

The score remained 5-4 Stevens until Schultz netted an equalizer with 15:16 on the clock, but the Ducks responded 2:24 later when Buonacuore came around the cage firing a low tracer past junior goalie Kelsey Evans (Bel Air, Md.).

Wayson made it a 6-6 game with her third score, and Gordon came through with a free-position goal at the 2:56 mark to give the Ducks the lead at 7-6, but York did enough down the stretch to escape with a one-goal win. The Spartans tied the game 59 seconds after the Gordon goal when Schultz scored along the left side for her third of the day. York took the ensuing draw, eventually leaving it to Wayson who scored the game-winner with 36 seconds to play.

Stevens won the final draw control but one of 20 turnovers on the day gave it back to York with 15 seconds to play to seal the win.

York ended with a 24-12 edge in shots and a 9-8 advantage in draw controls. The Ducks had a 19-17 margin in ground balls. Collins helped keep the Spartans to 1 for 7 on their free-position shots, while Stevens went 2 for 4.

Buonacuore had three goals and one assist, with Gordon and Waybright each netting a pair. Waybright also added three draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers to her line. Senior defender Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) had three caused turnovers, two ground balls and two draw controls, while senior defender Lindsay Daly (Northport, N.Y.) had two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

Freshman defender Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had four ground balls and two caused turnovers, with junior defender Teegan Kelly (Charlton, N.Y.) notching a pair of caused turnovers and recording one ground ball and one draw control. Junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) had three ground balls and two draw controls.

Wayson finished with six points on three goals and three assists for York. Schultz had three goals, five draw controls and one caused turnover. Evans made three saves for the visitors.

The Ducks will return to action with a conference game at Utica College on April 14 beginning at 11:00 a.m.


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