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Mustangs run away early in MACC semifinals

It took Brady Heher only 47 seconds to score Stevenson’s first goal.

Just one day after being named the MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year, Stevenson senior Olivia Monteiro registered her 200th career point to lead the second-seeded Mustangs women’s lacrosse team to a dominant 14-5 victory over the third-seeded Albright Lions on Wednesday afternoon at Mustang Stadium in the MACC semifinals.

Monteiro had one goal and one assist in the game but it was Kiely Bunce who was the unstoppable force as Stevenson advanced to their fifth straight MAC Commonwealth championship game. They will travel to Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday to take on the top-seeded Messiah Falcons in the championship game at 1 pm, with an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament on the line.

“I am so pleased to be playing for the champions again,” head coach Kathy Railey said. “Trying to get out there and doing it again, we are a different team than when we saw Messiah in very early March. If we really push hard for 60 minutes then we have a shot.”

Brady Heher also helped I the Stevenson rout with three goals and started her hat trick off with a score just 43 seconds into the game. Bunce scored the third goal in the spurt and it was assisted by MacKenzie Reese. She finished the game with three assists to go with her one score.

Stevenson scored three goals inside the first two minutes of the game before Albright finally got on the board in the third minute of the game.

But Stevenson completely blew the Lions away early in the game. Stevenson shut Albright out for the rest of the first half and scored eight straight goals to go into halftime with an 11-1 lead. Stevenson forced the running clock because of the double-digit goal lead with 8:56 left in the opening stanza on Bunce’s fourth score.

Albright had a much better second half and actually outscored the Mustangs by one, 4-3, after halftime, but the game was over before halftime. The final 30 minutes were just a formality.

“We had a good game plan going in and I knew we could beat them in transition,” Mustangs head coach Kathy Railey said. “We’re faster in transition and saw that two weeks ago when we played them. We really wanted to push it in transition.”

Stevenson outshot Albright 40-21, including a 27-7 advantage in the first half alone. They also beat them on ground balls 26-18 and draws, 15-6.

First team All-MACC selection Sarah Roerty led Stevenson with six draw controls to go with one goal, three groundballs, and three caused turnovers. Monteiro also had four draw controls, three groundballs, and two caused turnovers. Heher led Stevenson with five ground balls in the game. Defender Gabby Digelio had four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Freshman goalkeeper Mack Ferguson made 12 saves in the game to stop the few chances Albright did have.

Messiah had a dominant second half to beat Lycoming 15-5 in their semifinal game.

Stevenson will play the Falcons for the championship for a fourth straight season.

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