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Mustangs fall to Messiah in MACC title game

Mallory Davila scored twice against Messiah.

Looking across the board at the numbers, things were pretty close, but the final score was anything but as the No. 4 Messiah Falcons ended the Stevenson Mustangs women’s lacrosse team’s season by handing them a 15-4 defeat in Saturday’s MAC Commonwealth Championship game.

The host Falcons did outshoot the Mustangs and did beat them on ground balls as well, but it wasn’t by a truly wide margin. And Stevenson did cause more turnovers. But the Mustangs also struggled to beat Messiah goalkeeper Alexa Dipeso, who made nine saves in the game and allowed just one goal in the second half.

Messiah scored the first three goals of the game, all inside the first five minutes of the first half. Mallory Davila finally got Stevenson on the board in the eighth minute with an unassisted goal, but it would be another 17 minutes before the Mustangs would score again. Meanwhile, Messiah scored another three goals in a row to push ahead 6-1.

Olivia Monteiro ended the drought with an unassisted strike to make it a 6-2 game. She then fed Davila for a score in response to another score by the Falcons, bringing Stevenson back within four goals.

But Messiah really put Stevenson in a bad spot by scoring two goals int the final minute of the first half to put the Falcons ahead 9-3 at the intermission.

Stevenson went from being down by a manageable margin to one that was just was possible to come back from, but one they were highly unlikely to come back from against such a great opponent.

And it would prove to be way too much for Stevenson to come back from, but the Falcons made it impossible too. Stevenson was shut out for nearly the first 28 minutes of the second half. Messiah put things away when they scored five goals in a row during that span to take a 14-3 lead.

Brady Heher finally ended Stevenson’s long scoring drought with 2:17 left in the game. Messiah scored once more in the final minute.

Stevenson was outshot 29-20 and beat on ground balls 22-18. However, they beat Messiah 11-10 on draws and had fewer turnovers. Stevenson forced 10 of Messiah’s 19 turnovers. The Mustangs coughed it up only 16 times.

Stevenson finished their season with a 10-8 record.

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