Stevenson Uses Five-Goal Run to Down Nazareth

CLERMONT, FL. -- A five-goal scoring run by Stevenson broke a 6-6 tie and provided the Mustangs with an 11-6 advantage with 24 minutes to play in regulation in a non-conference women's lacrosse game played in Clermont, Florida on Monday evening.

The Mustangs' decisive scoring run spanned the final 5:22 of the first half and the opening 6:00 of the second half. Sophomore Carly Gates led the Golden Flyers in scoring with three goals, while senior Kelsey McNaboe and junior Brooke Sullivan recorded a pair of goals and one assist apiece.

With the loss, Nazareth falls to 1-1 overall on the season. Withe the victory, Stevenson improves to 2-4 overall.

In a contest filled with scoring runs, the Golden Flyers opened the scoring with a goal by Sullivan and senior Amy McIntosh in the opening 2:01 of regulation. McNaboe was credited with an assist on Sullivan's goal. The Mustangs, however, answered about a minute later with their first of three consecutive goals by Leah Warner. Warner's three goals spanned only 4:04 and gave Stevenson its first lead of the game at the 7:12 mark.

Nazareth followed with a pair of goals to reclaim the lead, which was followed by another three-goal run by the Mustangs. Sullivan and classmate Suzie Gray each tallied unassisted goals before Stevenson's three goals. The Mustangs' quick burst took only 1:46 to give Stevenson a 6-4 lead midway through the half.

With roughly 10 minutes to play in the half, Gates answered for the Golden Flyers with a pair of goals in just 24 seconds to tie the game for the fourth time. Gates' first score was set up by a pass from freshman Leah Marvin, and her second goal was unassisted.

After a five-minute stretch of no scoring, Kathryn Merrick gave the Mustangs the lead with 5:22 to play in the stanza. It was the first of Stevenson's five consecutive goals, and the run allowed the Mustangs to maintain the lead throughout the remainder of the contest. Marissa Meiklejohn's free position shot with 24 seconds left in the half stretched Stevenson's lead to 8-6 at the break.

Meiklejohn scored the opening two goals of the second half, then Merrick scored her second goal of the game to give the Mustangs a commanding five-goal lead six minutes into the second period.

The longest scoreless stretch of the game, just over 11 minutes, cut the Golden Flyers' chance to rally. Nazareth broke the scoreless lull with three straight goals to come within 11-9. Gates and freshman Jamie Martin recorded unassisted goals sandwiched around McNaboe's goal that was assisted by Sullivan. Martin's goal trimmed Nazareth's deficit to two goals with 9:24 to play.

Minutes later, Meiklejohn's scored her game-high fourth goal, which she converted on a free position opportunity, to add insurance to the Mustangs' lead. McIntosh set up McNaboe's second goal of the game with 2:32 remaining in regulation, but the Golden Flyers were unable to climb closer.

Senior Tara Prosak had nine saves in Nazareth's goal while Leanne Bittner finished with 10 saves to earn the victory for Stevenson. The Golden Flyers finished with modest advantages in total shots (27-23) and ground balls (21-16).

Nazareth plays against Westfield State in Florida on Thursday before playing its home-opener against RIT on Wednesday, March 19th.


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