Mustangs Suffer First Home Loss Since September 20, Fall to Gettysburg, 4-2
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson field hockey senior Kaitlyn May (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season to pull the Mustangs within one, but Hayward Sawers added a goal and an assist to lead Gettysburg to a 4-2 non-conference victory Wednesday at Mustang Stadium.
The loss was the first at home for Stevenson (6-9) since September 20, snapping the team's two-game winning streak. It also marked the first-ever meeting between the two schools.
Liz Baron gave the Bullets a 1-0 less than eight minutes into the game before Ally Duggan scored on a lob from the top of the circle off an assist from Sawers with just under five minutes remaining in the first half to give Gettysburg a 2-0 halftime lead.
May would pull the Mustangs within one just four minutes into the second when she redirected a loose ball in front past Megan Feeg for her eighth goal of the season and the 32nd of her career.
May is now just two goals behind Holly Chattin for second place on the school's career goals list and nine in back of Dawn McFarland's school record 41 set from 2000-03.
With 69 career points, May needs only three more to tie Morgan Feehery for third on the all-time list.
Sawers would answer less than 10 minutes after May to push the Bullet's lead back to two before Erica Barbuto scored what proved to be the game-winnig goal with under 14 minutes remaining to put Gettysburg in front, 4-1.
Sophomore Caitlin Dempsey (Fallston, Md./Fallston) scored her fifth goal of the seaosn with under five minutes left, but the Mustangs could not get the equalizer and dropped their third-straight overall.
Freshman Katie Cavanaugh (Parkville, Md./Perry Hall) had nine saves for Stevenson before giving way to sophomore Katelynn DeFiore (Salisbury, Md./James Bennett) who had one over the final 12 minutes. Sophomore Margaret Gill (White Hall, Md./Hereford) also had one defensive save.
Feeg had four saves for Gettysburg (8-4) who snapped a two-game losing streak.
The Mustangs travel to Lebanon Valley on Saturday in what will be head coach Laurel Martin's first game against the Dutchmen since serving as the school's head coach from 2001-10. During that time, she led Lebanon Valley to a 169-50 record, six NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship appearances and a conference title in 2006.