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Ferguson’s 16 saves not enough as Mustangs fall to Falcons

Mack Ferguson made 16 saves, but not even that was able to slow down the Messiah Falcons offense.

A seven-goal run to end the first half by the visiting Messiah Falcons undid the Stevenson Mustangs women’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon. Stevenson got off to a strong start by scoring three free position goals to take a 3-1 lead, but it took them 20 minutes to net another score and the Falcons had a 9-3 lead by that point and cruised to 16-8 decision.

After their strong end to the first half, Messiah scored four of the first five goals in the second half to build up to a 12-4 lead. That got one goal bigger with 13:48 remaining in the game.

Messiah outshot Stevenson 38-20 and the constant peppering of shots at the goal overwhelmed Mustangs goalie Mack Ferguson. She made 16 saves in the game, but on 32 shots faced as she allowed six goals for the third time this season.

Mackenzie Reese, Olivia Monteiro, and Kiely Bunce each scored two goals for Stevenson. Bruce also had an assist for a team-high three points, but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome the strong Falcons offense.

That trio scored Stevenson’s first three goals in order, all on free position shots, to put Stevenson up 3-1 with 18:39 remaining, but going into the second half the Falcons rattled off eight straight goals.

Monteiro finally ended the Mustangs 20-minute scoring drought, but the Falcons just responded with three more in a row. Brady Heher netted a scored with 17:44 left, but again, the Falcons hit two goals to grow their lead.

Dana Stevens, Reese and Bunce scored in a 3-1 stretch for the Mustangs, but it only got them within seven goals with 4:05 remaining. Jenna Stover added one last goal for Messiah in the final seconds.

Stevenson will return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Lebanon Valley for their second MAC Commonwealth game of the season. They’ll return home on April 1 to host Arcadia.

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