OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Led by two goals each from juniors Caitlin Dempsey (Fallston, Md./Fallston) and Alison Kagel (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Township), the Stevenson field hockey team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 non-conference victory versus Immaculata Thursday night at Mustang Stadium.
The Mustangs (6-4) improved their record to 3-1 at home this season and have won three of their last four at Mustang Stadium.
Stevenson also scored a season-high five goals, marking the team's highest total since a 7-1 victory over Wilson at Mustang Stadium on Sept. 8, 2012.
Dempsey started the scoring less than six minutes into the game with the first of her two tallies before adding her second over 11 minutes later off an assist from sophomore Melissa Doering (Street, Md./North Harford) which was the game-winner. For Demspey, it was her team-leading ninth goal of the season, three of which have been game-winners.
The Mighty Macs (2-6) scored their only goal of the game with 12:02 remaining in the first half to cut their deficit to just one at halftime, 2-1.
However, Stevenson scored two goals in the first 6:31 of the second half, both of which were unassisted tallies from Kagel, to push its lead to three, 4-1 with 28:29 to play. Kagel is now second on the team in goals with five while ranking second in points with 13, eight behind Dempsey. Both are tied for the team lead in assists with three.
Doering added her fourth goal of the season with just under 15 minutes remaining off a feed from from junior Brooke Few (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll), capping the scoring at 5-1.
The Mustangs outshot Immaculata 16-5, including 12-4 in the second half, while holding a 15-10 edge in penalty corners.
Freshman Gabriella Brooks (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill) made her second start of the season in goal for Stevenson, but was not required to make a save 35 first-half minutes while recording her second win of the season.
Sophomore Katie Cavanaugh (Parkville, Md./Perry Hall) replaced Brooks in the second half and made three saves, all in the final moments of the game as the Mighty Macs were awarded three penalty corners, the first of which came with 15 seconds remaining and the final two after time had expired.
Sarah Pasternak finished with six saves for Immaculata.
Stevenson opens Commonwealth Conference play on Saturday when it travels to Widener for a contest at noon with the Pride at Edith R. Dixon Field.