To the nines

Paige Messersmith © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Paige Messersmith © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

No. 20 Stevenson uses 9-0 run to key victory over McDaniel

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Megan Weiss netted four goals to lead No. 20 Stevenson to a 14-9 victory over McDaniel in non-conference women's lacrosse action on Tuesday.

Weiss contributed three of her tallies during an eight-goal stretch for the Mustangs (4-1) that turned an early 4-0 deficit into an 8-4 halftime lead.

Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) led the Green Terror (0-3) with a career-high four goals while Brittany Lines (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) added a pair.

Just 11:26 into the contest, Weiss found Corrine Thompson for her lone assist of the game to spark a nine-goal run by the hosts.

Back-to-back tallies from Weiss 1:39 apart closed the deficit to 4-3 with 14:10 to play in the first half before Leah Warner finished a solo run to even the game with 7:54 on the clock.

Lisa Baker found Olivia Baker with 4:31 showing for a one-goal lead before converting a free-position goal 54 seconds later for a 6-4 advantage.

L. Baker, who finished with three goals and four assists, fed Weiss and tallied a second goal in the final 1:49 to make it an 8-4 game at the intermission before Marissa Meiklejohn found the back of the net 4:36 into the second half for the largest lead of the contest.

Messersmith tallied twice around a Lauren McCadden (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) free-position goal in a 7-minute, 21-second span. In addition to her first collegiate goal, McCadden notched her first assist, finding Messersmith to close the deficit to two with 15:45 to play.

Weiss and Lines traded unassisted marker 1:12 apart before Baker tallied her third of the game to spark another three-goal flurry that pushed the lead back to five with 4:30 to play.

A Messersmith free-position goal and Leah Warner solo run capped the scoring.

Messersmith opened the scoring, finishing a feed from Chelsea Watkins (Columbia, Md./Hammond) just 44 seconds into the game.

Lines doubled the advantage nearly four minutes later before Lisa Jurd (Columbia, Md./Hammond) stretched the advantage to 3-0 and forced a Mustang timeout with 21:59 showing.

Watkins scored off an Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) 47 seconds on the other side of the stoppage to cap the opening burst.

Steph Nichols (Wilmington, Del./St. Mark's) contributed five ground balls, four draw controls and a caused turnover for the Green Terror.

McDaniel returns to action at home in the Centennial Conference opener against Bryn Mawr on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.

Score by Period                                 1          2          -           F
McDaniel (0-3)                                                4          5          -           9
Stevenson (4-1)                                               8          6          -           14

Paige Messersmith 4, Brittany Lines 2, Lisa Jurd, Lauren McCadden, Chelsea Watkins.
Stevenson: Megan Weiss 4, Lisa Baker 3, Marissa Meiklejohn, Leah Warner, Corrine Thompson, Emily Gartrell, Olivia Baker.

Watkins, McCadden, Anna Beaudry.
Stevenson: L. Baker 4, Weiss.

Shots: M 20, S 33. Ground Balls: M 16, S 19. Goalies: M (Aimee Semler – 8 saves, 14 GA, 60:00), S (Jenny Schroeder – 6 saves, 9 GA, 60:00). Caused Turnovers: M 8, S 9. Turnovers: M 19, S 16. Draw Controls: M 15, S 10. Free Position: M 3 of 6, S 3 of 8.