No. 17 Ducks Grounded at St. John Fisher

PITTSFORD, N.Y. (April 21, 2012) Stevens Institute of Technology fell at St. John Fisher College by a score of 8-6 on Saturday afternoon at Growney Stadium in Pittsford, N.Y.

After the Ducks tied things at three-all 4:40 into the second period, the Cardinals tallied five-straight goals over a span of 11:29 to open an 8-3 margin the Ducks (8-5 overall, 3-2 Empire 8) were unable to recover from. Sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) scored three goals and senior attack Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) totaled three points to pace the Stevens offense.

The first 30-minute stanza was dominated by the defenses as only five goals were scored with the hosts taking a 3-2 lead into intermission. Sophomore midfielder Emily Bryerton (Liverpool, N.Y.) and sophomore attack Taylor Hughes (Watertown, N.Y.) gave the Cardinals (9-4 overall, 4-1 Empire 8) a 2-0 advantage with the first goal coming 10:12 into the action and the second coming with just 6:57 left in the first half.

Fisher pushed the margin to three (3-0) at the 3:00 minute mark but Rafferty and Scheibling put in tallies 53 seconds apart to make it a 3-2 contest after one. Scheibling assisted Rafferty's first of the game and senior attack Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.) assisted the other.

Buonacuore knotted the game at three 4:40 into the second, with Fisher scoring the next five goals to open an 8-3 margin with 12:35 to play. Junior midfielder Melissa Leonhard (Penfield, N.Y.) netted three in the run with Hughes and Bryerton getting the other two markers.

Stevens mounted a late comeback, recording the final three tallies but it was not enough as the Cardinals took the 8-6 final. Junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) scored courtesy of a Scheibling assist with Rafferty putting in a pair with 7:07 and 5:08 left.

Rafferty added four ground balls and a draw control to her line, and Scheibling had a goal and two assists for her three points. Senior defender Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.) had three draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover, while Waybright added three draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls to her one goal. Buonacuore finished with two points and three ground balls, and freshman midfielder Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had three ground balls. Junior goalie Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made seven saves in the loss.

Leonhard led Fisher with four goals and four ground balls. Hughes had four points and a ground ball, while Bryerton tallied twice. Sophomore goaltender Caroline Trpcevski (Manlius, N.Y.) made six saves to earn the win in goal.

Each team totaled 18 shots with Fisher ending the game with a 20-18 edge in ground balls. Stevens won 10 of 16 draw controls but went 0 for 4 on free-position attempts. Fisher was 4 for 5.

Stevens will return to action on Sunday when it visits Nazareth College in another Empire 8 showdown. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. and all the action can be seen live at www.Empire8.TV.

2012-04-21



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