YORK, Pa. - Highlighted by the first career goals for sophomores Rosemarie Neiva and Holli Eppley, the Stevenson field hockey posted its second-straight win to start the 2014 season after a 4-1 victory over Gordon Saturday at the York College Invitational.
The last time the Mustangs (2-0) won back-to-back games to start the season was in 2010 when they won three-straight, the best start to a season in school history.
Stevenson has outscored its first two opponents 9-4 with five of those goals coming from senior Caitlin Dempsey. Senior Alison Kagel also scored for the second-straight game as the team's two leading scorers from a year ago have accounted for seven goals so far this season and 35 of 56 over the last two.
After Brittany Hawkins have Gordon (0-2) a 1-0 lead off a penalty corner with 7:02 left in the first half, Dempsey responded with her fifth of the year on an assist from senior Ariella Hopp 2:34 later to tie the game at 1-1.
Neiva's first career goal was also her first game-winner as she converted a penalty stroke less than 10 minutes into the second half before Eppley followed with her first career tally just 1:34 later.
Kagel then capped the scoring with 20:37 remaining in the game as the Mustangs broke open a tie game with three goals in a span of only 6:14.
With 17 career goals, Kagel is 10th on school's all-time goals list.
Stevenson held a 15-9 advantage in shots and a 9-4 edge in penalty corners. Sophomore Gabriella Brooks made three saves in goal to pick up her second win in as many starts this season. Her counterpart, Shannon Hicks, had eight saves for Gordon.
The Mustangs wrap-up their three-game road trip to start the 2014 season on Wednesday, September 3 when they travel to in-state rival Washington College. Stevenson won last year's meeting 2-1 at Mustang Stadium on Sept. 3, 2013.
For those traveling to the game, please note that it will be played on the Upper Bermuda Grass Field. For more information, click here.