MUSTANGS VS. WILLIAM SMITH
The two teams met for the first time last season, with both teams going 1-1-1. The Herons posted a 7-1 victory in the series opener last November before the Mustangs responded with a 2-2 overtime tie. Stevenson and William Smith met in the UCHC semifinals, with the Mustangs erasing a 2-0 third period deficit to post a 3-2 overtime victory. Senior Kellen Wittman netted the game-winner.
For William Smith, Stephanie Hampton recorded six points on three goals and three assists in the three games while Gina Scibetta and Maura Mulligan and four and three assists, respectively.
SCOUTING THE HERONS
William Smith opened the season with a sweep, 7-2 and 5-2, over Salve Regina before having an off last weekend. Gina Scibetta leads the team with seven points on three goals and four assists while both Maura Mulligan and Emily Martino each have four points. In net, sophomore Olivia Williams started the two games, totaling 30 saves on 34 shots and allowing just one power play goal.
The Herons went 2-for-5 on the power play in the opening weekend and killed off six of the seven penalty kill situations. William Smith has scored four goals in each of the three periods and has outshot its opponents, 64-34, including 18-7 in the first period.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Mustangs will play 14 of their 25 games on the road this season. Overall, Stevenson is 40-28-4 in road games, including 7-4-2 last season. Senior Cierra Siemasko has recorded 19 points on eight goals and 11 assists in 31 road games while Wittman has 15 points in 33 road games. Senior Maddy Ricci has recorded 15 of her 21 career points away from home.
OVERTIME IS MUSTANG TIME
Stevenson has never lost an overtime game in program history, posting a 6-0-9 record. The Mustangs went to six overtime games a season ago, posting a 1-0-5 record and are 0-0-1 this season. The lone win a season ago came in a 3-2 victory over William Smith in the UCHC semifinal with Wittman netting the game-winning goal. The team is 2-0 in playoff overtime games.
The four senior skaters, Siemasko, Wittman, Ricci and Allie Sabatini have posted a combined 32-7-2 record when scoring a goal and a 42-6-4 record when dishing out an assist. Together, the class is a combined 61-8-4 when recording a positive rating compared to just 8-45-5 when posting a negative.
GRABBING A LEAD
When Stevenson scores first, the Mustangs are 64-9-2 through the first six-plus seasons. When the opponent scores first, the team falls to 13-39-6. If the Mustangs are leading after the first period, the team is 64-9-2 compared to 13-39-6 when trailing. With a second intermission lead, Stevenson is nearly unbeatable, posting a 55-1-2 record compared to 6-41-2 when behind.
THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
The Mustangs are 58-3-4 all-time when scoring three or more goals. When held to two or less, the team is 19-45-7. When taking 30 or more shots, Stevenson has posted a 57-13-6 record compared to 20-35-4 when being held to under 30 shots. Comparatively, when the Mustangs hold their opponent to under 30 shots, the team is 66-16-3 and just 11-33-7 when allowing 30-plus shots.
MUSTANGS NAME CAPTAINS
Siemasko was named the fourth captain in program history, becoming just the second forward to wear the 'C'. Ricci and junior Annie Smyth-Hammond were named assistant captains. Smyth-Hammond is the second goaltender to don a letter.
Caitie Darosa is 38 saves shy of 1,000.
Wittman is five points shy of seventh place all-time.
Wittman is three goals shy of fifth place all-time.
Siemasko is two assists shy of cracking the top-10 list.