#17 Stevens Improves to 3-1 in E8 with Win at Utica

UTICA, N.Y. (April 14, 2012) 17th-ranked Stevens improved to 8-4 overall and 3-1 in the Empire 8 with a 10-5 win at Utica Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.), sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) and senior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) all had three points in the victory.

Junior goalie Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made seven stops and picked up three ground balls to earn the win in goal for Stevens as the Ducks' defense put forth another solid effort. Freshman defender Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) finished with a goal, four ground balls and four caused turnovers, with sophomore defender Lena DeAngelo (Bethlehem, Pa.) getting two ground balls and two caused turnovers. Freshman midfielder Gabriela Sanchez (Auburn, N.H.) had four ground balls and a caused turnover as well.

Waybright had a big-time all-around game with two goals, one assist, four ground balls, two draw controls and three caused turnovers, with Rafferty netting a trio of tallies and adding three ground balls, five draw controls and two caused turnovers to her line. Scheibling had two goals and one helper along with a ground ball and a draw control, while sophomore attack Gabrielle Gordon (Flemington, N.J.) finished with two goals and a ground ball.

The Ducks scored the first three goals of the game to take a 3-0 margin a little more than halfway through the first. Rafferty put away a feed from Scheibling 54 seconds into the game, and Scheibling scored her 18th of the year unassisted at the 24:07 mark. Waybright found Gordon for the team's third of the contest.

Senior Katlyn Banker (Henrietta, N.Y.) scored the first Utica (5-5 overall, 1-3 Empire 8) goal of the game with 11:24 remaining in the first with Ingersoll and Waybright scoring back-to-back goals for the Ducks to open up a 5-1 advantage. Banker's second cut the lead to three with 2:54 left in the opening period, but Rafferty's second sent the Ducks into intermission with a 6-2 margin.

Gordon opened the second-half scoring 3:52 in and Waybright's third made it 8-2 Stevens with 22:27 left in regulation. The Pioneers outscored Stevens 3-2 the rest of the way with Banker tallying four of Utica's five goals. Rafferty and Scheibling netted the final two Stevens goals of the afternoon.

Utica finished with a 23-22 edge in shots and the Ducks had a 24-22 advantage in ground balls. Utica won nine of the 17 draw controls and each team committed 19 turnovers.

The Ducks will return to action next weekend when they visit St. John Fisher College on April 21 and Nazareth College on April 22. The Ducks are currently in a three-way tie for second place with Fisher and Naz at 3-1. Ithaca College is in first place at 4-0 and has the inside track to hosting the Empire 8 Championship in early May.

2012-04-14



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