WASHINGTON, D.C. - No. 18 Catholic scored the final four goals of the first half as the Cardinals broke open a two-goal game into a six-goal halftime lead as they snapped a two-game losing streak with a 15-9 victory over the 19th-ranked Stevenson women's lacrosse team Saturday at Cardinal Stadium.
The Mustangs (4-4), who were without the services of third-leading scorer, senior Emily Gartrell (Jarretsville, Md./North Harford), were outshot 29-15, including 16-7 in the first half. They were also on the short-end of a 19-6 advantage in draw controls.
Catholic jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the game's first five-plus minutes before Stevenson scored back-to-back goals by freshman Amanda LeGar (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) and sophomore Mandy Marston (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) to pull within one at 3-2.
However, the Cardinals (3-4) scored consecutive tallies of their own to push the lead back to three when sophomore Leah Warner (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) scored the first of her three goals to cut the Mustang deficit to two with 11:32 remaining in the first half.
From there, Catholic would score the game's next five goals, including two each by Mary Swarthout and Meghan Brady, to take a 10-3 lead just 31 seconds into the second half.
Stevenson responded by scoring five of the next seven goals, including three-straight by sophomore Marissa Meiklejohn (Severn, Md./Old Mill), to cut the lead to 12-8 with 16:17 to play.
That would be as close as the Mustangs would get as the Cardinals allowed just one goal the rest of the way to post their first win in five games against a ranked opponent this season.
Meanwhile, all four of Stevenson's four losses have come against teams ranked in the IWLCA Division III Coaches' Poll.
Meiklejohn finished with four points to lead Stevenson offensively while Warner and senior Bri Manko (Towson, Md./Franklin) each had two goals. Senior Jenny Schroeder (Severna Park, Md./Seton Keough) made five saves before giving way to freshman Krista Asburn (Curtis Bay, Md./Northeast) who had one save in the final 12 minutes.
Swarthout led Catholic with seven points on three goals and four assists. Brady led the team with four goals while Theresa Ciletti and Mallory Vogel scored three goals apiece. Vogel also added an assist.
Gabby Sena needed to make just three saves to earn her third victory.
Stevenson returns home to Mustang Stadium for just the second time this season when it hosts Wesley beginning at 3:00 p.m.