Stevenson downs McDaniel, 15-11

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Lauren Zegowitz tallied four goals to lead Stevenson to a 15-11 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women’s lacrosse action on Thursday.

            Megan Weiss, Kristyna Hnizda and Mandi Carr each added three goals apiece for the Mustangs (7-5), who sealed the victory with the final three goals after the Green Terror (7-6) pulled within 12-10 on Brittany Baer’s (Westminster, Md./Westminster) fourth goal of the game with 9:32 to play.
            Baer’s final goal was her 61st of the season, leaving her two shy of matching her own program record for goals in a season that she set last year.
            With her team trailing 10-7, Baer completed her 12th hat trick of the season with 24:23 to play to start a three-goal flurry over a 1-minute, 40-second span.
            Chelsea Ferruzzi (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) and Jennifer Stone (Baltimore, Md./Loch Raven) completed the stretch. Lindsey McDonald (Germantown, Md./Damascus) added two of her three assists in the span.
            With 19:28 to play, Carr gave Stevenson the lead for good with an unassisted marker before Hnizda stretched the lead to two off a Lisa Baker helper nearly six minutes later.
            Baer’s free-position shot closed the deficit to one but Weiss tallied 1:20 later before making it two straight with 55 seconds to play.
            Brittany Hilton set the final margin, finishing a solo run 20 seconds later.
            Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) opened the scoring 2:40 into the game before Baer doubled the early Green Terror advantage a minute later.
            Hnizda and Zegowitz evened the game by the 20:40 mark before Baer re-established the McDaniel advantage 18 seconds later.
            Four minutes later, Zegowitz converted a free-position shot to even the game before Carr gave the Mustangs their first lead at the 15:30 mark.
            Stone sandwiched a Weiss tally to even the game at 5-all with 9:04 to play in the opening half but Stevenson reeled off the next three goals to take an 8-5 lead with 3:16 remaining until halftime.
            Ferruzzi closed the deficit to two 13 seconds before the intermission but Zegowitz stretched the lead back to three 1:30 on the other side of the break.
            Alison Rose’s (Jessup, Md./Hammond) first career goal at the 26:19 mark trimmed the deficit to two once again but Carr pushed the lead out to three nearly a minute later.
            Ferruzzi added four draw controls and three ground balls for the Green Terror, who outshot the hosts 41-32 and held a 27-16 advantage in ground balls.
            McDaniel returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.
Score by Half                                            1          2          -           F
McDaniel (7-6)                                          6          5          -           11
Stevenson (7-5)                                         8          7          -           15
McDaniel: Brittany Baer 4, Jennifer Stone 3, Chelsea Ferruzzi 2, Brittany Lines, Alison Rose.
Stevenson: Lauren Zegowtiz 4, Megan Weiss 3, Kristyna Hnizda 3, Mandi Carr 3, Brittany Hilton, Brittany Connelly.
McDaniel: Lindsey McDonald 3, Stone.
Stevenson: Lisa Baker 3, Weiss.
Shots: M 41, S 32. Ground Balls: M 27, S 16. Goalies: M (Leanne Hollinger 60:00 – 10 saves, 15 GA), S (Jenny Schroeder 54:12 – 16 saves, 8 GA; Devan Malone 5:48 – 3 saves, 3 GA). Caused Turnovers: M 4, S 1. Turnovers: M 13, S 23. Draw Controls: M 12, S 16. Free Position: M 2 of 5, S 2 of 3.