Warner Totals 10 Points as the Mustangs Down Wittenberg, 16-12

Warner Totals 10 Points as the Mustangs Down Wittenberg, 16-12

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Led by a 10 point effort from senior Leah Warner, the Stevenson women's lacrosse team scored the final three goals of the game en route to a 16-12 victory over Wittenberg Saturday in a non-conference contest at Edwards-Maurer Field.

The Mustangs (5-4) have now won four-straight games after the starting the season 1-4. The team is averaging 14.8 goals per game in their wins while totaling just 7.3 in losses.

For the third-straight game, Stevenson got on the board in the first minute of the game as Warner scored just 56 seconds into the contest. Senior Marissa Meiklejohn and Warner added two more goals just 30 seconds apart as the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Stevenson grabbed a 5-1 lead after sophomore Kellie McLaughlin and freshman Brady Heher tallied their first and second goals of the season, respectively.

Following a goal with 43 seconds remaining in the first half, the Mustangs took a 9-4 halftime lead.

The Tigers (3-1) scored three of the first four goals of the second half to cut their deficit to three, but Warner responded with three unassisted goals to extend Stevenson's lead back to four.

Wittenberg scored three-straight goals, including two-straight by Francine Murzynski, as the Tigers trailed 12-11 with 3:42 remaining in the contest.

However, two goals by Warner and an insurance goal by Meiklejohn, extended the Mustangs lead back to four.

Warner, who scored six of the teams seven second half goals, finished with eight goals and two assists. She now has 227 career points, just 15 shy of tying the school record.

Sophomore Carli Bafford totaled a career-high eight draw controls while also grabbing two ground balls.

Murzynski and Logan Warye combined for eight of Wittenberg's goals.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, March 29 when it hosts Albright in the opening Commonwealth Conference contest for both teams. Opening draw is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.