ANNVILLE, Pa. – The Stevenson women's lacrosse team was held to a season-low five goals as the Mustangs dropped their third straight game in an 11-5 MAC Commonwealth loss versus Lebanon Valley Wednesday evening at Arnold Field.
The loss for the Mustangs (3-6, 0-2 MAC Commonwealth) was the first in the nine-game series versus the Dutchmen. It is also the first conference loss other than Messiah for Stevenson as the team is now 28-5 in four-plus seasons in the league.
It was the visitors who got on the board first as senior Tori Bruno scored on an assist from classmate Brady Heher. Heher now has a point in three consecutive games and in eight of the nine games this season.
Lebanon Valley (1-7, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) leading scorer Emma Jones knotted the game at 1-1 with a free-position goal just 59 seconds later before the hosts added two more in the opening 10 minutes. The Dutchmen lead 5-1 at the break.
The one goal by the Mustangs was the lowest total in a single half since being shutout in the second half versus No. 3 Franklin & Marshall on March 5 of last season.
Back-to-back free-position goals by Jones followed by an unassisted score by Makenzie Kelley gave the hosts an 8-1 lead with 19:45 remaining in the second half. It is just the second game the Dutchmen have lead in a game, after scoring the opening two goals on Sunday versus Muhlenburg.
Senior Olivia Monteiro stopped the run with an unassisted goal to push her goal streak to 10 games. It was also her ninth goal and 12th point in seven games versus Lebanon Valley.
Kelley scored a free-position goal to push the Dutchmen's lead back to seven but Stevenson scored three consecutive goals, including a pair by Heher to cut the deficit to four with 10:24 left in regulation. But that would be as close as the Mustang's would get as Jones added two more goals.
With three points on two goals and one assist, Heher became the second active player to record 100 career points joining Monteiro.
In net, freshman Mack Ferguson totaled 11 saves for her third performance with at least 10 saves.
The Mustangs were outshot, 26-20, including 13-6 in the opening half. The Dutchmen finished 5-for-11 on free-position shots while the Mustangs were 0-for-4.
Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, April 1 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth contest versus Arcadia on Senior Day. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.