CLERMONT, Fla. - Led by three-straight goals by Stevenson women's lacrosse senior Marissa Meiklejohn, the Mustangs used a 5-0 run to break a 6-6 tie over an 11:22 span en route to a 12-10 victory over Nazareth on Monday at the National Training Center.
The Mustangs (2-4) are 2-0 this season when scoring in double digits as they scored 17 in a win over Fredonia State. In their losses they have averaged just over seven goals a game.
In a game of scoring runs, the Golden Flyers (1-1) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 2:01 before senior Leah Warner scored three-straight goals to give Stevenson a 3-2 lead. Senior Mandy Marston would tally an assist on Warner's first goal.
With her first goal of the game, Warner tallied her 200th career point and now has 204 for her career which ranks third all-time. She is one point away from tying Lauren Zegowitz '10 for second while Lisa Baker '11 holds the record with 242 career points.
Back-to-back goals gave Nazareth a 4-3 lead before the Mustangs answered with another three-goal spurt in a 1:46 span, including two by freshman Olivia Monteiro and one by Marston, to reclaim the lead. Meiklejohn and sophomore Tori Wagner would dish out assists during the run.
Carly Gates would score twice for the Golden Flyers in a 24 second span to tie the game at six, but junior Kathryn Merrick and Meiklejohn would add tallies before the half to give Stevenson an 8-6 lead, one it would not relinquish.
Merrick and Meiklejohn would combine for three more tallies to extend the Mustangs lead to 11-6 six minutes into the second half.
Nazareth would make its final run of the game with three-straight of its own to cut the deficit to two, but the Stevenson defense held the Golden Flyers to just two shots over the final 9:24.
Meiklejohn would add one more tally to finish with four goals and one assist while Warner finished with three goals and two assists.
Junior Leanne Bittner finished with 10 saves while her counterpart Tara Prosak finished with nine.
The Mustangs return to action tomorrow, March 11 when they face Ohio Wesleyan at the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.