GRANTHAM, Pa. - Stevenson women's lacrosse sophomore Kiely Bunce scored the game-tying goal with 18:03 remaining in regulation but 13th-ranked Messiah scored three unanswered as the Falcons held on for a 10-7 MAC Commonwealth victory Saturday afternoon at Starry Athletic Complex.
The loss was the first in conference play this season for the Mustangs (5-7, 3-1 MAC Commonwealth) and snaps a four-game winning streak. Stevenson falls to 37-6 in league play since joining in 2013 with five regular season losses coming versus Messiah.
The Falcons (10-3, 5-0 MAC Commonwealth) won the opening draw control and scored just 44 seconds into the contest but Stevenson responded after Bunce won the ensuing draw control and assist on the tying goal by senior Dana Stevens. Stevens finished with a pair of goals, marking the third time and second straight this season she has had a multi-goal game.
After Messiah scored a pair of goals to go up 3-0, sophomore Carly Bowes snapped a 15:26 Stevenson scoring drought on an assist by Bunce. The goal by Bowes extends her goal streak to 12 games while Bunce has a point in all 11 games she has played in this season.
After trading a pair of goals, the Falcons scored another two consecutive to go up 6-3 with 5:24 remaining in the opening half before freshman Lindsay Seipp scored a free-position goal to get within two at the half. Seipp has a goal in four straight games, scoring seven over that stretch.
Sophomore Mallory Davila scored a free-position goal to open the second half to get the visitors within one before Courtney Wagner answered with a free-position goal for the Falcons.
Freshman Shannon Snyder netted her first career goal off the third assist by Bunce before Bunce tied the game with a free-position goal. The Mustangs recorded six shots over the final 18:03 with five of them coming on free-position attempts but the visitors could not connect as Messiah scored three straight goals over a 6:28 span.
Defensively, sophomore Sarah Roerty totaled seven ground balls, five caused turnovers and four draw controls. In net, sophomore Mack Ferguson finished with six saves, four of them coming in the second half.
Both teams finished with 23 shots and 21 ground balls, while the Falcons had a slight 10-9 advantage in draw controls.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, April 18 when the Mustangs host a MAC Commonwealth contest versus Lebanon Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m.