No. 18 Ducks Fly Past the Hawks

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 28, 2012) No. 18 Stevens rolled to an 18-3 win over Hartwick on Senior Day at the De Baun Athletic Complex to end the regular season 10-6 overall and 5-2 in the Empire 8.

Prior to the game seniors Michelle Buonacuore (Medford, N.J.), Ashley Carey (Mahopac, N.Y.), Lindsay Daly (Northport, N.Y.), Jenna Scheibling (Long Valley, N.J.) and Mallory Swanson (Princeton Junction, N.J.) were honored.

The Ducks left little doubt about the outcome of this one, scoring the first six goals of the game and ending the opening period with a 14-2 lead. Carey started the scoring thanks to a perfect feed from Scheibling 28 seconds into the game. Stevens' second came from sophomore midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) with junior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) and Buonacuore putting the Ducks up 4-0 with 12:38 to play.

Hartwick finally scored its first goal with 9:36 left in the first, but the Ducks quickly got it back and started creating more separation. Scheibling, Rafferty twice and junior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) made it 10-1, and following the Hawks' (5-10, 1-6 Empire 8) second marker, the Ducks closed the half on a 4-0 run. Freshman midfielder Holly Good (Charleston, S.C.) had a pair with freshman midfielder Gabriela Sanchez (Auburn, N.H.) and Galligan each netting one.

Galligan scored the first of four Duck goals in the second half, and Buonacuore, freshman Adrienne Mekus (Louisville, Ky.) and Sanchez notched the others.

Goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) made 12 saves to lead Hartwick with senior midfielder Hannah Kennedy (Avon, Conn.), senior midfielder Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, N.Y.) and sophomore Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) each scoring one goal.

Stevens ended with a 36-14 edge in shots and a 24-15 margin in ground balls. Hartwick won 12 of the 23 draw controls, but the Ducks only committed nine total turnovers.

Junior Meg Collins (Marshfield, Mass.) made eight saves and picked up three ground balls to earn the win in goal for the Ducks. Waybright finished with a team-high six points (two goals, four assists), five draw controls and two ground balls, while Rafferty tallied four times and added a ground ball and draw control. Galligan had three goals, two ground balls and a draw control, with Scheibling getting a tally and three assists.

Buonacuore had two goals, two assists, two ground balls and a draw control as both Good and Sanchez tallied twice and scooped up two ground balls. Carey finished with a goal, three draw controls and two caused turnovers, and freshman Amanda Ingersoll (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) had an assist, a game-high eight ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers.

The Ducks will turn their attention to the Empire 8 Championship next Saturday and Sunday where they are the third seed. They will take on second seed St. John Fisher College at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. The tournament will be played at top-seeded Ithaca College with the winner taking on Ithaca or fourth-seeded Nazareth College.

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HOBOKEN, NJ - 18th ranked Stevens used seven goals over the final 7:43 of the first half to pull away from Hartwick in an 18-3 win on Saturday in at DeBaun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, NJ.

Seniors Hannah Kennedy (Avon, CT/Avon HS), Brittany LaVaute (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles HS), and sophomore Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs HS) each scored for Hartwick. Freshman Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro HS) dished out an assist for the Hawks.

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