Junior Trio Leads Mustangs to Commonwealth Victory, Down Alvernia, 19-5

Junior Trio Leads Mustangs to Commonwealth Victory, Down Alvernia, 19-5

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson women's lacrosse junior trio of Leah Warner (Pasadena, Md./Northeast), Marissa Meiklejohn (Severn, Md./Old Mill) and Mandy Marston (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) combined for 13 goals as the Mustangs posted a 19-5 Commonwealth Conference victory over Alvernia Saturday at Mustang Stadium.

With its ninth-straight win, Stevenson (9-1, 2-0 MAC) continues to add to its school record for consecutive wins. The team is 4-0 at home this season and 10-1 over the last two.

Neither team gained momentum until midway through the first half when Warner scored the first of her five goals in the game with 10:40 remaining, sparking a 7-0 run for the Mustangs who took a 10-2 lead into halftime.

Marston scored three of her four goals in the first half, including the final two just 1:15 apart.

The Crusaders (5-5-1, 2-1 MAC) scored the opening goal of the second half on a free-position shot by leading scorer Allison Bainbridge, but Warner answered by scoring the next three as Stevenson pushed its advantage to 13-3 with 21:11 to play.

The Mustangs outscored Alvernia 9-3 in the second half and 7-1 over the final 15:57.

Warner led all scorers with five goals and six points while Meikljohn and Marston had four goals apiece. Meiklejohn also finished with six points as she added two assists while Marston had one.

Sophomore Amanda LeGar (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) totaled two goals and six draw controls while Marston and freshman Kellie McLaughlin (Frederick, Md./Frederick) had four ground balls.

Stevenson outshot the Crusaders 53-17 and won 21 out of 26 draw controls.

Bainbridge led Alvernia with a goal and one assist. Victoria Kearn totaled 17 saves.

Stevenson hosts a crucial Commonwealth Conference contest with Elizabethtown on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. Both teams are currently tied atop the conference standings at 2-0. The Blue Jays defeated Widener on Saturday, 18-11.