WINCHENDON, Mass. - Led by freshman Lindsey Lawrence (Mitchell, S.D./Mitchell Marlins), the Stevenson women's ice hockey team overcame a two-goal deficit at the end of the first period to come from behind and defeat Franklin Pierce Saturday at Jason Ritchie Ice Arena.
The Mustangs (3-1) have now won three-straight since a season-opening loss at Buffalo State on October 26.
The goals were the first two of Lawrence's career and both times, gave Stevenson the lead, including the game-winner at the 10:35 mark of the third period.
The Ravens (0-4) scored twice in the final 21 seconds of the first period to take a 2-0 lead, and all the momentum, heading into the first intermission.
However, Stevenson with a three-goal second period, the first two of which came just 4:22 apart to tie the game at 2-2.
At the 2:21 mark of the second period, freshman Jessie Capanelli (Lancaster, Pa./West Chester Quakers) scored her first career goal off assists from freshmen McKenzie Taggart (Centennial, Colo./Colorado Selects) and Molly O'Neil (Aurora, Colo./Colorado Selects).
Freshman Megan Donahue (Levittown, Pa./Princeton Tiger Lillies) tied it at 6:43 of the second period, netting her first career goal after redirecting a shot off the stick of freshman Ana-Sophia Brande (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Anaheim Lady Ducks).
Later in the period, Lawrence scored her first goal at 16:45, giving the Mustangs a 3-2 lead which they would take into the third period.
Just 4:43 into the third period though, Bryana Harron put a wrist shot over the glove of Stevenson freshman Sarah Modzelewski (Bloomington, Ind./Little Caesars) to tie the game at 3-3.
Six minutes later, the Mustangs took advantage of a Raven turnover as they attempted a centering pass in front of their own goal, but Lawrence was their to intercept the pass and beat Amelea Gray to put Stevenson back in front 4-3 with just over nine minutes remaining in the game.
Down the stretch, the Mustangs had to fend off another Ravens' power play and Modzelewski made several key saves to preserve the win. She finished the game with a career-high and school record 35 saves.
Stevenson totaled eight penalties in the game, but managed to kill off six of Franklin Pierce's seven power play opportunities. The Mustangs were also outshot 38-27, but were able to edge out the win thanks to timely offense and the play of Modzelewski.
Stevenson will return to the New England area next Friday, November 16 for the first game of a doubleheader at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut. Opening faceoff is at 7:00 p.m.