OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson field hockey team fought back from two separate one-goal deficits but could not answer Albright's third goal as the Lions came away with a 3-2 MAC Commonwealth victory Saturday night at Mustang Stadium.
It is the first loss for the Mustangs (2-6) versus Albright in five all-time meetings. The Lions entered the game having scored just once in the previous four meetings.
Just under 10 minutes into the contest, Albright (6-2, 1-1 MAC Commonwealth) got on the board off the first penalty corner of the game. Senior Blair Bitner nearly intercepted the pass across the top of the arch, but her miss gave Tracy Snyder time to rip a shot to the near post.
Stevenson tied the game at 1-1 in the 17th minute after sophomore Sara McVey carried a pass from classmate Ashley Meyer into the circle before firing a shot that was tipped by sophomore Alexis Young who was right in front of the goalie on the far post.
With 11 minutes remaining in the opening half, Snyder got open once again on a penalty corner and blasted a shot towards the net but freshman goalie Kelsey Eure was there with a kick save. Eure finished the game with a save in each half.
In the closing minutes of the opening period, the Lions had a breakaway opportunity forcing Eure to come out on Snyder whose shot deflected off the stick of a Mustang defender and in to give the visitors a 2-1 lead heading into the break.
Stevenson needed just 3:22 into the second half to knot the game at 2-2 as McVey split two defenders with a pass to Young who then sent a pass around the goalkeeper to senior Rosemarie Neiva. Neiva finished the pass with a diving touch to send the ball to the back of the net.
Kaley Donmoyer scored what would be the game-winner in the 48th minute after beating the Mustang defense on the right side before shooting back to her right from the center of the arch as Eure was moving to her left.
The visitors nearly made it a two goal game with 8:35 remaining as Cait Fox could not get a stick to a crossing pass on the back post.
The Lions held a 10-9 edge in shots while also leading, 7-6 in penalty corners.
Stevenson returns to action on Wednesday, October 5 when the Mustangs welcome York (Pa.), who is receiving votes in the latest NFHCA Top 25 Poll. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
POSTGAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH LAUREL MARTIN