Stevens Scores First Nine, Coasts by Hartwick

ONEONTA, NY Visiting Stevens scored the game's first nine goals in a 17-3 victory over Hartwick on Saturday at Wright Stadium. Hartwick received goals from junior Meg Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs) and sophomores Caroline Stanford (Skaneateles, NY/Skaneateles) and Lisa Littleton (Yorktown, NY/Yorktown HS) on the afternoon.

Stanford tied for a game-high with three caused turnovers in the contest. She also corralled a team-best five ground balls to go along with her third tally of the season. Sophomore Emily Jweid (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) tied for a game-high with four draws for the Hawks.

Caitlyn Hughes and Kara Rafferty would account for 10 goals for Stevens. The duo would combine for seven of the Ducks' first eight goals.

Hartwick would get on the scoreboard with 5:41 left in the first half as Stanford beat Stevens' keeper Meg Collins on the free-position. One minute, eleven seconds before halftime, Luce added another free-position goal, which was her sixteenth of the season, and 'Wick trailed 11-2 at the break.

The Hawks got their third goal of the game with just over 15 minutes remaining. Littleton shot high to beat Duck reserve keeper Mel Sarah Prall for her fifteenth goal of the campaign.

The Ducks, who improve to 7-6 overall and 3-1 in Empire 8 play, outshot the Hawks 40-13 and had more draws, 15-7. Stevens held a slim edge in ground balls, 23-22, and Hartwick had more caused turnovers, 12-7.

Hughes scored six times to pace the Ducks with Rafferty adding four. Rafferty also registered the game-high in ground balls with six and she tied for the game-high in draws (4) with teammate Erika Wilcox and 'Wick's Jweid.

Littleton would contribute three ground balls and three caused turnovers for Hartwick. Jweid caused a pair of Duck miscues. Hartwick goalkeeper Steph Luce (Saratoga Springs, NY/Saratoga Springs), who stopped nine shots in the game, also added three ground balls.

Hartwick is back in action tomorrow afternoon in a non-conference match against Brockport. The Hawks and Golden Eagles start at 1:00 p.m.

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ONEONTA, N.Y. (April 13, 2013) Stevens earned its fourth-straight win Saturday, rolling to a 17-3 Empire 8 victory at Hartwick College at Wright Stadium in Oneonta.

The Ducks (7-6 overall, 3-1 Empire 8) were led by a career-high seven points from sophomore attack Caitlyn Hughes (Randolph, N.J.) who tallied six goals and one assist.

Stevens scored the first nine goals of the game, getting on the board 30 seconds in when Hughes notched her first thanks to an assist from sophomore attack Andrea Dragoni (Easton, Pa.). Junior midfielder Kara Rafferty (Bayshore, N.Y.) put away a feed from senior midfielder Spencer Waybright (West Hartford, Conn.) and senior midfielder Joey Galligan (Burlingame, Calif.) put the Ducks up 3-0 at 22:18 of the first.

Rafferty and Waybright connected again, with Hughes scoring goal number two of the day to make it 5-0 with 13:10 on the clock. That marker was assisted by freshman Jaimie Mastrogiacomo (Whitehouse Station, N.J.).

Rafferty recorded her third at 12:21, Hughes followed 1:06 later and freshman Erika Wilcox (Baldwinsville, N.Y.) pushed her way into the goal column to give the Ducks a 9-0 edge with 6:08 on the clock.

Hartwick (4-7 overall, 1-3 Empire 8) got on the board with 5:41 left, but Hughes answered with two goals 1:13 apart and the two teams went into the break with Stevens on top by a score of 11-2.

Waybright recorded her first goal 25 ticks into the second period, and 1:56 later freshman Mackenzie Swartout (Rochester, N.Y.) made it a 13-2 game. Galligan scored her second and Hughes pocketed her sixth for goals 14 and 15 as Mastrogiacomo and Waybright closed the scoring for Stevens.

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