REISTERSTOWN, Md. - Lynsey Nakamura totaled two goals, including the game-winner and an empty net tally, while adding an assist to lead Neumann to a 4-1 victory over the Stevenson women's ice hockey team on Sunday in the Mustangs official home opener at Reisterstown Sportsplex.
Stevenson (4-5), playing in its first game since December 9, held a 30-28 advantage in shots and had four power play opportunities, but was held to just one goal as the Knights' Justina Mayr totaled 29 saves in just her second start of the season. The Mustangs also won 31 of 55 face-offs.
Tonight's second star of the game, Mayr is unbeaten in both appearances this season, posting a 1-0-1 record with a 2.40 goals against average and .917 saves percentage.
Neumann (3-8-1) opened the scoring at 13:33 of the first period when Edie Brenning netted her team-leading fifth goal of the season off assists from Nakamura and Dru Austin. Brenning also leads the Knights in points with 10.
Neumann held its one-goal lead until the 2:25 mark of the second period when Mustang freshman Lindsey Lawrence (Mitchell, S.D./Mitchell Marlins) scored her third goal of the season and first since November 10. Freshmen Liana Vazquez (Philadelphia, Pa./West Chester Quakers) and Brooke Webber (Washington, Pa./Pittsburgh Elite) were both credited with assists on the play.
For Vazquez, it was her first career point.
Despite being outshot 18-9 in the period, the Knights would regain the lead less than seven minutes later when Nakamura scored off an assist from Austin.
Neumann held its 2-1 advantage until the 14:09 mark of the third period when Ang Gilmour netted her third goal of the season on assists from Brenning and Kelsey Waller.
Nakamura capped the scoring with an empty net tally at 19:12.
In her team-leasding fourth start of the season, freshman Sarah Modzelewski (Bloomington, Ind./Little Caesars) finished with 32 saves for Stevenson, three shy of her career-high.
Stevenson and Neumann conclude their two-game series on Monday at Reisterstown Sportsplex beginning at noon.