Second Half Rally Falls Short, Mustangs Drop Road Contest to Haverford, 9-8

Second Half Rally Falls Short, Mustangs Drop Road Contest to Haverford, 9-8

HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Stevenson women's lacrosse team held Haverford scoreless for the final 18:49, but the Mustangs four unanswered goals wasn't enough to overcome a five goal deficit as the Fords were able to hold on for a 9-8 victory Wednesday night at Swan Field.

The Mustangs (1-4) were held to under 10 goals for the fourth time this season while holding their opponent to under 10 for the second time. The team scored 17 goals in their lone win this season.

The Fords (2-1) jumped out to a 3-1 lead as Diana Perry scored twice in a 2:58 span.

A goal by junior Kathryn Merrick cut Stevenson's deficit to just two at 5-3 with 6:19 remaining in the first half but two-straight goals Hannah Morgan gave Haverford its largest lead of the half at four.

Merrick added her second goal of the game with 58 seconds remaining in the half before the Fords added their eighth tally of the game to lead 8-4 at the break.

A free-position goal extended Haverford's lead to 9-4 with 18:49 remaining in the second half before the Mustangs scored four-straight goals to cut their deficit to just one with 4:12 left in regulation.

Looking to send the game into overtime, Stevenson had two possessions in the final minute but Shannon Horn made two saves, including one on a free-position shot. Horn finished with 12 saves while the Mustangs were just 1-for-5 on free-position attempts.

Merrick finished with four points on three goals and one assist while sophomore Tori Wagner totaled two goals.

Junior Leanne Bittner totaled 11 saves between the pipe for the Mustangs.

Stevenson continues its five-game road trip when it travels to Claremont, Fla. for three games beginning with Nazareth on Monday, March, 10 at 7:00 p.m.