Mustangs Season Ends In Setback At Lebanon Valley

Mustangs Season Ends In Setback At Lebanon Valley

ANNVILLE, Pa. - In a game to determine the fourth and final playoff spot in the MAC Commonwealth the Stevenson field hockey team took the lead on a second-half goal from senior Ashley Meyer, but back-to-back markers from Cecile Kat was enough to push the host Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen past the Mustangs 2-1 on Wednesday night at Arnold Field.

  • Lebanon Valley (9-8, 4-3 MAC Commonwealth) would get the opening shot of this game when at the 4:02 mark Hannah Simon let an attempt go that was steered away by junior keeper Kelsey Eure.
  • Stevenson (6-11, 2-5 MAC Commonwealth) then went on the attack as in a two-minute span they would record four straight shots two each off the sticks of senior Sara McVey and sophomore Brooke Morrisunfortunately, Dutchmen goalie Victoria ByDeley stopped all and ten minutes in there was no score.
  • The home side looked to get the first goal, but offerings by Kat and Taylor Pentz were saved by Eure.
  • LVC thought they had the breakthrough in the 19th-minute after a penalty corner fed in by Pentz came to Danielle Alba whose shot got past Eure, however, it was cleared off the line by senior Nikki Jones to keep it tied.
  • To end the half though it was all Mustangs with shots from senior Marissa Hoffman and freshman Gracyn Colborn were denied by ByDeley. 
  • After a Colborn shot with six minutes to go ByDeley conceded a rebound that skipped out to senior Casey Schankweiler who knocked a shot past the LVC keeper, but Alida Steenkamer was there to clear the ball away for the defensive save.  
  • At the half, Stevenson held a small 7-6 shots advantage.

  • The Dutchmen posted the first shot of the second frame 2:11 in when Kat once again worked herself into the area and was stopped by Eure.
  • Stevenson tried to push for the opening marker of the game as they recorded six shots and two penalty corners from the 43rd to the 49th minute, but McVey, Hoffman, and Morris were saved by ByDeley while the other three went wide.
  • The Mustangs finally did come up with the ice-breaker with 54:57 off the clock as a penalty corner inserted by Meyer led to a shot from junior Jordan Hershberger that was stopped.  However, the rebound came back to Meyer who stuck the ball into the cage past ByDeley for the 1-0 lead.
  • On the other end of the pitch just two minutes later it would be a corner that would lead to the tying goal as Pentz found Simon who hit Kat in front of Eure for the goal making it 1-1.
  • At 58:31 the visiting side went down a player as a green card was issued to Hoffman.
  • LVC wasted no time grabbing their first lead as the ensuing penalty corner went from Pentz to Kat who one-timed it past Eure for the 2-1 scoreline.
  • For the final ten minutes, it was all Mustangs as five different players recorded shots. 
  • Including in the final minute off a penalty corner offerings from Meyer led to a pair of defensive saves from Steenkamer and a shot from junior Emma Adams rang the post behind ByDeley but would not go in.

  • For the game, Stevenson outshot Lebanon Valley 23-11, including 16-9 on goal.
  • The Mustangs also held a slim 8-6 advantage in penalty corners.
  • Eure made seven saves on the night.
  • The goal for Meyer was number two of the season.
  • Stevenson had ten different players record a shot on the night.

  • With the loss the Mustangs season comes to a close and with a lot of returning talent next season Stevenson will look for a strong 2019 campaign.