OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by goals from its two leading scorers, senior Kaitlyn May (Arnold, Md./Archbishop Spalding) and sophomore Caitlin Dempsey (Fallston, Md./Fallston), the Stevenson field hockey team secured a spot in the 2012 Commonwealth Conference Field Hockey Championship with a 2-0 victory over Albright Wednesday at Mustang Stadium on Senior Day.
The win was the second-straight shutout for the Mustangs (8-11, 4-4 MAC) who earned the fifth-seed in the conference tournament which begins next Monday, October 29.
After a scoreless and ueventful first half, Stevenson broke open the scoring just 1:08 into the second half when Dempsey scored her seventh goal of the season off an assist from freshman Rebecca Moreland (Parkville, Md./Mercy). The goal was the third in the last five games for Dempsey while Moreland picked up her first career point on the play.
May would then add an insurance goal with 11:43 remaining off a feed from junior Allyson Moody (New Windsor, Md./Westminster). The goal was May's team-leading 10th of the season and the 34th of her career, moving her into a tie for second place in school history with Holly Chattin who also had 34 from 1997-2000.
It was also the 73rd career point for May, moving her into third on the school's career points list past Morgan Feehery who had 72 from 2002-05.
Meanwhile, the assist was Moody's team-leading third of the season.
Today's game marked the first back-to-back shutouts for the Mustangs since they opened the 2010 with three-straight versus Notre Dame (Md.), Delaware Valley and Neumann.
Stevenson had twice as many shots as Albright (9-8, 2-6 MAC), but the Lions held a commanding 19-8 advantage in penalty corners, including a 15-5 margin in the second half.
Reigning Commonwealth Conference Goalie of the Week, freshman Katie Cavanaugh (Parkville, Md./Perry Hall), had two saves for the Mustangs while Marguerite DeLucas had four for Albright.
As the fifth-seed in the 2012 Commonwealth Conference Field Hockey Championship, Stevenson will travel to fourth-seeded Arcadia on Monday, October 29. The Mustangs would be looking to avenge a 3-1 road loss to the Knights back on September 29.