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F&M overpower Mustangs women’s lax

Stevenson might have an 0-3 record but they have played three of the very best teams in the country.

Stevenson might have an 0-3 record but they have played three of the very best teams in the country.

It’s been a rough start to the year for the Stevenson women’s lacrosse team as they dropped to 0-3 on the season. But in their defense, they have played three top-six teams, including the No. 1 team in the country.

Stevenson hosted No. 4 Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday in frigid temperatures with rain falling down and despite four goals by Kathryn Merrick and 11 saves by Leanne Bittner, dropped a 13-8 decision.

The Diplomats scored the first five goals of the game against Stevenson, including three-straight from Grace Saliba as Franklin & Marshall took a 5-0 lead. It wasn’t until the 8:18 mark when Merrick finally got the Mustangs on the board. Following Saliba’s completed hat trick, Olivia Monteiro won the ensuing draw control for Stevenson and quickly pitched the ball over to Merrick, who ran in for the goal.

But Stevenson couldn’t build on that in the final eight minutes of the first half and went into the break trailing, 5-1.

They did net two goals early in the second half. Bittner saved an attempts by Gabby Frank two minutes into the half and in transition, Stevenson draw a foul by Sarah Bozzo and Rachael Akshar scored off the free position shot. The Mustangs them won the next draw control and Merrick put a second goal in the net right away to make it a 5-3 game

Once again, though, Franklin & Marshall went on a big run, scoring six-straight goals over a seven minute span as they took an 11-3 lead over Stevenson.

Monteiro turned the ball over on Stevenson’s next possession and set the Diplomat’s up for their goal. After controlling the ball, they worked it around the goal for nearly a minute, searching for their shot and Anastasia Mergner got the unassisted runner for the score. Just seconds later after winning a draw control, Saliba netted her fourth goal of the game. And about a minute after that, Frank put the ball in the goal.

Brittney Jorgenson extended the Franklin & Marshall run with a pair of goals, the second set up by a free position attempt. After that one, Taylor Wright turned the ball over and committed a foul that set up Mergner for another free position goal to give the Diplomats an 11-3 advantage.

Stevenson made a run of it at the end, scoring five-straight goals. Saliba turned the ball over to give Stevenson a possession and Brady Hener ended the control with a goal. Then, a turnover by Megan Kelly gave Stevenson another possession that ended in a Hollie Larrimore score.

At 10:39, Casey Madden attempted to end Stevenson’s run with a free position shot byt Bittner made the close save, got the ball up the field in transition and Carli Bafford netted her first goal of the year. Taking advantage of another turnover, Merrick scored her fourth goal following a turnover by Jorgenson.

Merrick then nailed a free position shot when Mergner drew a Yellow Card at the 6:21 mark.

But two late goals by Franklin & Marshall clinched the Stevenson defeat. The Diplomats won the draw control battle 15-8 and turnovers cost Stevenson seven of their clear attempts as they struggled to maintain possession in the game.

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