Warner, Meiklejohn Lead Mustangs Past Lebanon Valley Into First Place
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson women's lacrosse seniors Leah Warner and Marissa Meiklejohn combined for 10 points and seven of the team's 13 goals as the Mustangs won their eighth-straight with a 13-6 victory over Lebanon Valley Saturday at Mustang Stadium.
With the win, Stevenson (9-4, 4-0 MAC) moved into sole possession of first place in the Commonwealth Conference as the lone unbeaten. The Mustangs, who have also won four in-a-row at home, are now 12-0 since joining the league prior to the 2013 season.
Warner finished with four goals and six points while totaling her 95th career assist, surpassing the school record held by Lisa Baker who had 94 from 2008-11. Warner now holds the school record for career goals (159), assists (95) and points (254).
Meanwhile, Meiklejohn, who totaled three goals and four points Saturday, ranks second in school history with 157 career goals and third with 207 points after surpassing Lauren Zegowitz who had 205 from 2007-10.
Warner scored the game's first goal off an assist from Meiklejohn with 25:48 remaining in the first half before Lebanon Valley's Anna Pagels scored on a free position shot just 36 seconds later to tie the game at 1-1.
However, led by two goals from junior Amanda LeGar and one each from Meiklejohn and Warner, the Mustangs scored the next six consecutive to take a 7-1 lead with 17:38 left.
Stevenson stretched its lead to seven at 9-2 after goals by Warner and senior Mandy Marston, the last of which came with 13:06 remaining in the first half. That would be the last goal for the Mustangs until the 24:59 mark of the second.
Despite the Dutchmen (11-3, 5-1 MAC) holding the Mustangs scoreless for a span of 18:07, they could only score twice themselves to pull within five at 9-4 before the trio of Meiklejohn, LeGar and Warner scored three in succession to give Stevenson its largest lead of the game, 12-4 with 13:32 left.
The Mustangs outshot Lebanon Valley 26-19 while totaling 14 caused turnovers, including three each by Marston and junior Meg Gill who now has 80 for her career, leaving her four shy of the school record held by Lauren Zegowitz (2007-10).
Junior Leanne Bittner made seven saves while her counterpart Shelby Morris had 10.
Stevenson begins a two-game road trip next Thursday when it travels to Widener for a Commonwealth Conference contest beginning at 7:00 p.m.