OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's lacrosse sophomore Carly Bowes tied the game with 1:45 remaining in regulation before classmate Sarah Roerty scored the game-winning goal with 42 seconds left as the Mustangs held on for an 8-7 MAC Commonwealth victory over Albright Wednesday evening at Mustang Stadium.
With the win, the Mustangs (4-6, 2-0 MAC Commonwealth) have posted three straight victories and improve to 7-0 all-time versus Albright. Stevenson has held the Lions to under 10 goals in five of the seven games while improving to 56-7 all-time versus conference opponents.
After each team had a pair of turnovers to start the game, Kelly Baumann found a cutting Casey Stocker to put the Lions (6-4, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) on the board first. Sophomore Mallory Davila scored for the hosts on an assist by senior MaryKate White to tie the game at 1-1 but Albright answered 38 seconds later after winning the ensuing draw control.
Trailing 2-1, the Mustangs scored four straight, including the final three of the opening half. Freshman Lindsay Seipp scored twice in the half, including a free-position goal to tie the game at 2-2 while junior Dana Stevens netted her 10th goal of the season. Stevens also picked up an assist on Seipp's second goal with 1:54 remaining.
Bowes extended her goal streak to 10 games with a second half goal as the possession clock expired. Bowes, who leads the team with 25 goals, has scored in every game this season.
Albright responded with four consecutive goals to take a 6-5 lead with 14:51, led by a pair of goals by Kelly Baumann and capped by a free-position goal as the possession clock expired by Sydney Nankervis. Senior Amanda Robshaw stopped the run with her second goal of the game as she dodged her defender to score unassisted.
Trailing by one and with a player advantage, the Mustangs tied the game at 7-7 with 1:45 remaining after Bowes shoveled a loose ball in front of the net into the back of the cage. Freshman Lauren Tarnowski had her shot saved by goaltender Terae Mason but Mason lost control of the ball in front.
Bowes won the ensuing draw control before Roerty drew a foul and earned a free-position goal, which she buried to give Stevenson an 8-7 lead with 42 seconds remaining. It is the fourth goal of the season for Roerty, setting a new career-high after totaling three goals in her rookie season.
Defensively, junior Gabby DiGello finished with four caused turnovers and three ground balls while senior Jamie Bittner totaled seven draw controls, two ground balls and one caused turnover. Sophomore Mack Ferguson recorded five saves in net.
The Mustangs, who entered the game ranked 11th in the nation with a .583 free-position percentage, finished 2-for-4 from the arc while Albright went 3-for-4. The hosts also held a 21-17 edge in shots while the two teams combined for 41 turnovers.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 11 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth contest versus Lycoming beginning at 7:00 p.m.