Mustangs Set to Travel to Top-Seeded Messiah for Semifinals

Mustangs Set to Travel to Top-Seeded Messiah for Semifinals

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Stevenson women's lacrosse team will make its 11th consecutive conference semifinal appearance as the fourth-seeded Mustangs will travel to top-seeded and 12th-ranked Messiah on Wednesday, May 2 for the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Commonwealth semifinals. Opening draw is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $2 for student with a valid I.D. Tickets for children six and under are free. 

Scouting the Mustangs
Stevenson (8-9), who has won three straight games, opened the MAC Commonwealth tournmanet with a 9-7 road victory over fourth-seeded Arcadia. The Mustangs improved to 3-6 on the road this season with the victory with four of the six losses being three goals or less.

Four different players earned All-Conference honors, with senior Jamie Bittner being named to the First Team. She ranks second in the league with 2.24 caused turnovers per game, seventh with 2.59 ground balls per game and eighth with 4.12 draw controls per game. Sophomore Sarah Roerty was named to the Second Team after leading the team with 54 ground balls.

Offensively, Stevenson is led by the sophomore duo of Carly Bowes and Kiely Bunce who have netted 36 and 31 goals, respectively. Bowesm who was named to the All-Conference Second Team, has scored a goal in 16 of 17 games this season while Bunce, who leads the team with 20 assists, has a point in all 16 of her games this season.

In net, sophomore Mack Ferguson was named to the Second Team and ranks fourth in the conference with a 48.2 save percentage and fifth with a 10.06 goals against average.

Scouting the Falcons
Messiah (13-3) is riding a nine-game winning streak after going unbeaten in league play for the third straight season. The Falcons, who are 6-1 at home this season, outscored league opponents, 124-38 while holding all eight opponents to under 10 goals.

Six different players earned All-Conference honors with Kendra Herbenar being named the Defensive Player of the Year. She leads the league with 3.50 ground balls per game and 2.94 caused turnovers per game. Joining Herbenar on the First Team is Courtney Wagner and Annika Johnsen who have totaled 78 and 49 points, respectively.

In net, Amber Orner has started all 16 games but has split nearly every game with Jessie Lissner. Lissner has posted a 6.37 goals against average and a 51.6 save percentage while Orner has recorded a 7.73 goals against average and a 43.3 save percentage.

Series History
Messiah leads the all-time series, 8-7 and has won eight of the last nine meetings, including the last seven. Since becoming conference foes in 2013, the Mustangs took two of the first three meetings, including the MAC Commonwealth title in 2014. The Falcons have dominiated the series since, winning four conference titles over Stevenson.

April 12, 1997: Stevenson 18, at Messiah 6
April 15, 1998: at Stevenson 16, Messiah 4
March 7, 2000: Stevenson 13, at Messiah 9
April 9, 2001: at Stevenson 16, Messiah 13
March 5, 2002: Stevenson 16, at Messiah 11
April 17, 2013: at Stevenson 13, Messiah 8
April 22, 2014: at Messiah 14, Stevenson 8
May 3, 2014: Stevenson 13, at Messiah 12 (MAC Championship)
March 25, 2015: Messiah 11, at Stevenson 10
May 2, 2015: at Messiah 16, Stevenson 6 (MAC Championship)
April 20, 2016: at Messiah 17, Stevenson 5
May 7, 2016: at Messiah 13, Stevenson 3 (MAC Championship)
March 25, 2017: Messiah 16, at Stevenson 8
May 6, 2017: at Messiah 15, Stevenson 4 (MAC Championship)
April 14, 2018: at Messiah 10, Stevenson 7

Last Meeting
Stevenson trailed 7-5 with 22:03 remaining in the second half before scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game with 18:03 remaining in regulation. But the Mustangs were held scoreless the rest of the way as the Falcons scored three goals over a 6:28 span. Stevenson recorded six shots over the final 18:03 with five of them coming on free-position attempts.

Courtney Wagner recorded seven points for the host Falcons, scoring five goals and dishing out a pair of assists. For the Mustangs, Bunce finished with four points with a goal and three assists while junior Dana Stevens netted a pair of goals.

Both teams recorded 23 shots and 21 ground balls, while Stevenson went 3-for-12 on free-position shots.

Follow the Game
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