GLENSIDE, Pa. - Highlighted by 14 saves by sophomore Mack Ferguson and a hat trick by senior MaryKate White, the fifth-seeded Stevenson women's lacrosse team posted a 9-7 victory over fourth-seeded Arcadia in the MAC Commonwealth First Round on Monday evening at Jean Lenox West Field.
The Mustangs (8-9) will make their 11th consecutive conference semifinal appearances, dating back to the team's time in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC). Stevenson, who will face top-seeded Messiah, has made the MAC Commonwealth championship game in every season since the team joined in 2013.
It took just 29 seconds for sophomore Carly Bowes to find the back of the net after winning the opening draw control. Bowes, who leads the team with 36 goals, has scored in 16 of the 17 games this season. Just 2:41 later, White netted her first goal of the game on a free-position shot. All three of her goals were free-position goals.
The Knights (10-8) scored four consecutive goals over a 12:28 span to take a 4-2 lead with team leading scorer Shannon Ryan scoring two goals and dishing out an assist during the run. Stevenson, who was held scoreless for 18:02, answered with back-to-back goals to tie the game at the half. Sophomores Kiely Bunce scored an unassisted tally before Mallory Davila scored a free-position goal with 1:27 remaining.
Arcadia scored just 39 seconds into the second half but White answered 17 seconds later to tie the game at 5-5. After the hosts took a 6-5 lead, the Mustangs responded with four straight to take a three goal lead with 8:38 remaining in regulation. The Knights got within two, 9-7 with 7:19 remaining, but that would be as close as they would get.
Stevenson will travel to Messiah on Wednesday, May 2 with opening draw scheduled for 4:00 p.m.