Merrick, Gill Lead Mustangs to Road Victory at Roanoke

SALEM, Va. - Stevenson sophomore Kathryn Merrick (Bel Air, Md./Forest Hill) led the offense with a career-high five points while sophomore Meg Gill (White Hall, Md./North Harford) anchored a defense that allowed just three goals with three caused turnovers as the Mustangs posted a 15-3 victory over Roanoke Saturday at Kerr Stadium.

Stevenson (1-1) posted its third victory over the Maroons in as many seasons. During that time, the team has outscored Roanoke, 48-17.

In just her second career game, Merrick posted three goals and two assists while Gill added six ground balls. Merrick was one of seven different goal scorers for the Mustangs, all in the game's first 26:36 as they built a 7-0 lead.

Stevenson, who held a 33-23 edge in shots, led 8-1 at the half before stretching its lead to 11-1 on goals by Merrick, junior Mandy Marston (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and junior Leah Warner (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) to start the second half.

Marston tied a career-high with four goals while Warner had four points as well with three goals and one assist. Marston also had four goals in a 16-4 victory over Hood on Apr. 18, 2012.

Gill highlighted a defensive effort that saw the Mustangs hold a 25-14 advantage in ground balls and forced 21 turnovers. In addition to her five points, Merrick also had five ground balls and added two caused turnovers while freshman Leanne Bittner (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) made a career-high 13 saves.

Jamie Golden and Darragh Evarts each had a goal and assist for the Maroons while Lauren Curtin and Allison Shannon combined for 12 saves.

Stevenson makes its home debut next Friday, March 8 when it host former CAC rival St. Mary's (Md.) at Mustang Stadium beginning at 5:00 p.m.

2013-03-03



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