Stevens Blanks Trinity (DC) on Senior Day

HOBOKEN, N.J. (April 22, 2007) Senior attack Leigh Shahbazian (Secaucus, N.J.) scored two goals as the Stevens Institute of Technology women's lacrosse team rolled to a 15-0 victory over Trinity University during Senior Day on Sunday at the De Baun Athletic Complex in Hoboken, N.J. Shahbazian, who entered the game with three career goals, added four ground balls and four caused turnovers as the Ducks improved to 10-6 overall with their fifth win in a row.

Meanwhile, senior defender Jessica Foldhazy (Bayville, N.J.) picked up her first goal of the season and the third of her career. She also had three ground balls in the game. Shahbazian and Foldhazy are the lone seniors on the team this year. Both players were honored during a ceremony at halftime of Sunday's contest.

Stevens also received a solid performance from freshman midfielder Alyssa Pigott (Jobstown, N.J.), who finished with two goals, one assist, nine draw controls and two ground balls. Freshman attack Katie Lalli (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and sophomore defender Kathryn Sanders (Vernon, N.J.) added two goals apiece.

Trinity was led by freshman Sara Lee Cummings (Trenton, N.J.), who had three ground balls. Freshman Caitlin Rude (St. Paul, Minn.) also totaled three ground balls in the loss. Freshman goalkeeper Eva Portillo (Washington, D.C.) made five saves for the Tigers, who fell to 0-9 on the year.

Junior attack Liz Mather (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) opened the scoring with an unassisted goal 1:44 into the game. Just 15 seconds later, Lalli scored to make it 2-0. Less than a minute later, Shahbazian connected on her first goal. Lalli extended the margin to 4-0 a mere 13 seconds after Shahbazian scored. Pigott staked the Ducks to a 5-0 lead just over a minute later as the Ducks scored five times in the opening 4:17 of the contest.

Stevens went on to score eight more goals in the period to carry a 13-0 lead into the break. Foldhazy opened the scoring in the second half with a goal less than three minutes in. With 25 minutes remaining in the game, sophomore goalkeeper Grace Sack (Cazenovia, N.Y.), who came on as a field-position player for the first time in her career, scored her first goal as a member of the Ducks.

For the game, Stevens owned a 24-0 edge in shots. The Ducks also held the advantage in ground balls (27-11) and draw controls (15-2). Stevens was 3-for-5 in free-position shots.

Sunday's game was the final regular-season contest of the year for the Ducks. Stevens will return to action on Wednesday, May 2 when the Ducks host a Skyline Conference Championship semifinal game. The opponent and time for that contest have not been determined.

2007-04-22



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