WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (April 30, 2022) – Senior Morgan Westerby netted a career-high five goals as the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s lacrosse team defeated Lycoming College 19-4 Saturday in a MAC Freedom matchup at UPMC Field.
Senior Camryn Rogers had five goals and an assist and junior Zoe Cook finished with three goals and an assist for the Ducks, who won their third straight to wrap up the regular season 15-2, including a 7-1 record in conference play. The Ducks ’15 wins are the most for the program since 2015 and are tied for the third-most in program history.
Katie Maguire scored three goals for Lycoming, who fell to 9-8 on the year and to 4-4 in MAC Freedom play. The Ducks ‘victory snapped the Warriors’ four-game winning streak. Lycoming will host DeSales in the MAC Freedom play-in game on May 2.
Sophomore Emily Leiby had two goals and an assist as 10 different players finished with at least one point. Senior Josie Cook netted her first collegiate goal, while tallies from first-years Alison Lax, Anna Velardi and Rebecca Guerra rounded out the Ducks’ goal scorers. First-year Emily Smart dished out two assists, while junior Maddie Schmidt had one to complete the Ducks’ offensive contributions.
Senior Lauren Cunniff made 10 saves over three quarters to earn the victory. The Montgomery, New Jersey native recorded her eighth double-digit save performance of the season. First-year Erica Strojny stopped two shots in the final period to preserve the victory. Zoe Stauffer had 14 saves for Lycoming.
Three different players found the back of the net as the Ducks built an early lead. Westerby opened the scoring just 40 seconds into play, with goals from Zoe Cook and Rogers following to push the advantage to three. Westerby netted her second of the game to bookend the sequence as Stevens took a 4-0 lead midway through the opening quarter.
Maguire netted her first of the game to put Lycoming on the board and the teams alternated goals to close out the quarter.
Stevens broke the game open with six unanswered goals over a seven-minute stretch to turn its three-goal lead into a nine-goal one as the teams went into halftime. Westerby began the game-defining stretch with a power-play goal near the midway point of the period, with goals from Rogers, Cook and Leiby following. Rogers would wrap up her day with two second-half goals to push her season total to 74 and is 10 goals shy of matching Hall of Famer Valerie Barnhart‘s program record, set in 2003.
The Ducks outscored Lycoming 6-0 in the second half to secure the victory. Stevens won all of the draw controls in the second half and held the Warriors to just seven shots (five on-goal) over the final 30 minutes.
Stevens converted five of his eight attempts from eight meters, with Westerby leading the efforts with a perfect 2 for 2 performance, while Rogers, Josie Cook and Guerra each converted their only attempt. Lycoming converted 1 of its 6 free-position attempts. Cunniff recorded two of her 10 saves on Lycoming eight-meter shots.
The Ducks forced two of Lycoming’s 10 turnovers. Schmidt and senior Brynne Pergolini each recorded a caused turnover. Stevens committed just 11 miscues on the day, the team’s second-lowest total of the season.
Stevens finished with a 25-2 advantage on draw controls, setting a new program record in the process. Leiby led the efforts in the circle, snagging a career-high 10. Westerby added eight, white Rogers had six. Fitzpatrick corralled one to round out the Ducks’ efforts. Erika Boyer and Emma Lehr each had one for Lycoming.
The Ducks finished 18 for 19 on clears and were perfect (14 for 14) through three quarters. Lycoming found success on 15 of its 19 attempts.
Westerby and Josie Cook each scored on the woman-advantage as the Ducks converted two of their four power-play attempts. Stevens also killed off the only card issued to the team.
Up Next: Women’s Lacrosse opens the 2022 MAC Freedom playoffs on May 4, hosting Misericordia at the DeBaun Athletic Complex. The Ducks defeated the Cougars 13-5 on Apr. 9 and have claimed two of the three all-time meetings between the programs.
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