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Strong defense give Stevenson first win

Kathryn Merrick led Stevenson with five goals and nine ground balls against Haverford in their victory.

Kathryn Merrick led Stevenson with five goals and nine ground balls against Haverford in their victory.

After falling to 0-3 on the season with losses against three of the best teams in the country, Stevenson picked up their first win of the season as Kathryn Merrick netted five goals and scooped up nine ground balls in their 14-6 victory over Haverford.

Stevenson went 14-8 on draw controls and out-shot the Fords 37-14 and used two big runs to get their win.

Haverford started the game out with a 3-1 advantage as Molly Lsten netted two free position shots, one of which was in a man-up situation. But the Mustangs stormed back and closed out the final 22 minutes on a 7-0 run.

Following Lausten’s second goal, Merrick won the ensuing draw control and the Mustangs kept the ball on a long possession before finally getting the payoff. It wasn’t easy. Haverford goalkeeper Megan Chenworth save four Mustang attempts but were never able to gain possession. Finally, Jordan Porretto was able to put the ball past Chenworth.

Then, Olivia Monteiro won a draw control and after a minute and a half of controlling possession, she finished with a goal to even the score.

Stevenson won another draw control and though Chenworth made another save, the Mustangs turned the ball over and Maura Grant ripped off a shot, Leanne Bittner made a save to get Stevenson possession back. From there, Monteiro made a runner at the goal and gave the Mustangs a lead.

The run continued after a great defensive play by Meg Gill that forced a turnover immediately after Haverford won the next draw control. Gill picked up the ball and Monteiro completed a straight hat trick in just six minutes.

And another turnover by Haverford led to Merrick’s first goal of the game not even two minutes later. She closed out the half by giving her team a 7-3 advantage with a second goal. After a quick shot following a draw control, Chenworth made another save but a save by Bittner after Haverford took possession led to it.

Out of halftime, Stevenson extended their run to eight-straight when Brianna Robbins was called for a foul and set Kellie McLaughlin up fora free position shot and goal.

The Fords ended their drought with back-to-back goals. Off the ensuing draw control, Diana Perry took possession and quickly got the ball to Dayna Kim. She ran right at the goal and put it in the net. Then, Perry completed the next Haverford possession for a goal just two minutes later to make it an 8-5 game.

But incredible defense and goalie play by Stevenson prevented them from building on their momentum. Bittner made two saves on free position shots by the Fords to prevent them from scoring and Porretto finally got Stevenson back on the board after a 14-minute scoring drought with a free position goal of her own. It was set up by a Nicole Sockett foul.

Stevenson scored five-straight goals in the second half to secure the victory, Merrick scored three in that run.

Bittner finished the game with seven saves.

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