Najewicz's Game-Winning Goal Propels Mustangs Past St. Mary's (Md.), 8-7

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Sparked by a goal from sophomore Amanda LeGar (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), the Stevenson women's lacrosse team used a 3-0 run late in the second half to post an 8-7 victory over former Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's (Md.) Friday at Mustang Stadium.

Stevenson (2-1), who won its fourth-straight against the Seahawks after losing the first 13 in the series, improved its record to 7-1 in two seasons at Mustang Stadium and 5-3 in home openers under eighth-year head coach Kathy Railey.

The game featured five ties and six lead changes. With the Mustangs trailing 6-5, LeGar scored on a free position with 12:22 remaining to tie the game before sophomore Kathryn Merrick (Bel Air, Md./Forest Hill) gave Stevenson the lead for good with her second goal of the game just 44 seconds later.

Senior Megan Najewicz (Baltimore, Md./Perry Hall) scored the last of the Mustangs' three-goal spurt in a span of only 1:53 with what proved to be the game-winning goal with 10:29 to play.

The Seahawks' Taylor Sartor's unassisted goal with 1:33 left pulled the visitors within one, but freshman Morgan Gallagher (Yardley, Pa./Notre Dame) grabbed the ensuing draw control and Stevenson managed to run out the final 1:29 en route to winning its fifth home opener out of the last six.

The Mustangs, who led 4-2 at the half, held an 11-6 edge in draw controls and a 22-16 advantage in shots while getting two goals each from Merrick and junior Leah Warner (Pasadena, Md./Northeast). Sophomore Leanne Bittner (Baltimore, Md./Lock Raven) also made eight saves, including six in the second half.

LeGar finished with one goal, three ground balls and six draw controls. Senior Olivia Baker (Perry Hall, Md./Catholic) had four caused turnovers while sophomore Meg Gill (White Hall, Md./Hereford) added three.

Shelby Newman and Emily Shafer each had two goals and one assist for St. Mary's (2-4) while Michelle Dimenna had 10 saves.

Stevenson begins its two-game California road trip next Wednesday, March 13 when it faces Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 10:00 p.m., Eastern time.