Mustangs Down Widener to Advance to MAC Commonwealth Championship

Mustangs Down Widener to Advance to MAC Commonwealth Championship

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Highlighted by seven ground balls, four caused turnovers, and four draw controls by junior Sarah Roerty, the top-seeded Stevenson women's lacrosse team defeated fifth-seeded Widener, 10-5, in the MAC Commonwealth semifinals Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium.

  • Both teams struggled on their first few possessions as the Mustangs (15-3) were whistled for shot clock violations on two of their first three while the Pride (8-10) had three consecutive turnovers.
  • Junior Carly Bowes put the hosts on the board first, netting her 60th goal of the season at the 22:14 mark.
  • With 17 seconds remaining in the yellow card, freshman Kaitlyn Kozlowski found sophomore Lindsay Seipp to double the hosts lead before Kozlowski scored on an assist from freshman Mary Marc just 37 seconds later.
  • Stevenson netted its third goal in a 1:24 span as freshmen Lan Le Crotty and Hannah Huff connected to give the hosts a 4-0 lead with 14:22 remaining.
  • On Widener's ensuing possession, Kelly Lynch tried to feed Olivia McDonald put the McDonald poked the ball of the post.
  • The Pirde got on the scoreboard at the 10:57 mark as Emma DiGilio found a cutting Caroline Kelley.
  • After a defensive turnover by the Pride on a clearing attempt, Crotty quickly foind senoir Dana Stevens in front of the net to increase the Mustangs lead to 5-1.
  • With a two player advantage, Stevens found the back of the net for the second time in the game scoring an unassisted tally to take a 6-1 advantage into the break.

  • Just 1:04 into the half, Melanie Bert scored for the Pride after picking up a loose ball in front of the net to get within four.
  • Bowes answered with her second goal of the game before Bert responded, scoring with a player advantage.
  • Bert scored her second consecutive goal on the player advantage to get within, 7-4, with 18:01 remaining.
  • Just past the midway half of the half, Stevens found a cutting Seipp who put a shot high over the stick of the goalie, giving Stevenson an 8-4 lead.
  • Seipp found the back of the net again just 1:10 later on an assist and first point of the day by the Rookie of the Year, freshman Caroline Murphy.
  • At the 12:29 mark, Huff scored her first goal of the game on a free-position shot.
  • After being held scoreless for 15:46, the Pride scored with 2:15 remaining in regulation.

  • Stevenson outshot Widener, 35-23, while the Mustangs totaled 18 caused turnovers.
  • The Mustangs improve to 8-2 at home this season.
  • Stevenson improves to 9-0 all-time versus Widener and 8-5 in the MAC Commonwealth playoffs.
  • The Mustangs, who are one win shy of tying the program record and have won 12 straight, advance to their sixth conference title game in the last seven seasons.
  • Dating back to its last contest, the Stevenson defense had a 59:56 scoreless streak prior to Widener's first goal.
  • With two goals in the game, Bowes now has 115 in her career to move into ninth place all-time.
  • Lynch, the Offensive Player of the Year, was held to just one assist, three shots, and four turnovers. It is the first game she has not scored this season.
  • Seipp finished with three goals while Stevens recorded two goals and one assist.
  • Senior Gabby DiGello totaled six ground balls and two caused turnovers while freshman Tea Ferrara recorded five draw controls.

  • Stevenson will host the MAC Commonwealth championship contest on Saturday, May 4 versus the winner of second-seeded Lebanon Valley and third-seeded Messiah. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.