The Stevens Institute of Technology women’s lacrosse team defeated University Misericordia 13-9 in the semi-final MAC Independence match at the DeBaun Athletic Complex on Thursday. Junior Zoe Cook scored five goals, three of which came in the third quarter. For the Ducks, who won their fourth straight and advanced to 16-2 in the season, Emily Smart’s first year on the night with two pitches and four assists, and Camryn Rogers senior Camryn Rogers recorded a 14th hat trick of the time. Stevens’ 16 wins are the most for the program since 2011 and become the second-most in program history.
Stevens advanced to the MAC Freedom competition, where the Ducks will face top-seeded FDU-Florham for the second straight season. The Devils defeated Lycoming 23-3 earlier today in the second half of the bracket. FDU-Florham has won eight of the last 11 league titles. Genevieve Montanye and Michelle Torzilli each had two goals and assists for Misericordia, who saw the stream win their two games ending in a drop to 10-7 at the time. The competition was the culmination of last year’s MAC Freedom final, which also saw the Ducks win.
Junior Maddie Schmidt has two pitches and assists and first year Alison Lax also found the back of the net for the Ducks, who have scored in double figures in every game this season. Boss Maeve McGovern and second Emily Leiby each had an assist to change the Ducks’ offensive involvement. Senator Lauren Cunniff matched a high season with 13 saves to gain victory in the cage. The Montgomery, New Jersey native has stopped 10 or more shots nine times this season and led the conference with a staggering 8.10 points against the average. Maggie McGovern made seven saves in a defeat for Misericordia.
The Ducks broke the game open in the third quarter, allowing the first six points of the frame to take a 4-4 lead. Smart started running on the Ducks ’first possession of the quarter, with Cook scoring each of the next three innings from pushing the lead to four. Cook’s five-night stand took Princeton, a native of New Jersey beyond the 100-point mark during his time at Stevens. The pitches from Rogers and Schmidt followed before Torzilli and Montanye connected for consecutive pitches to slow down the Ducks briefly. Smart netted his 11th of the year to return offensive momentum to the Ducks and Schmidt beat McGovern with just 18 seconds left in the quarter for what would prove to be an important insurance spot.
Not only did they show their strength in the offensive zone, the Ducks maintained possession for almost the first eight minutes of the quarter. Misericordia successfully threw the ball once in the first six and a half minutes before turning quickly and the Ducks took control of the first seven shots of the quarter. Misericordia will try to claw back into the game with three playoffs in the fourth quarter, however, the Ducks responded by defeating each of the shooting controls that followed the Cougars to prevent Misericordia from maintaining any offensive pressure. Rogers scored on a free kick to provide the ultimate dream of victory. Rogers’ three-game winning streak moved Branchburg, New Jersey to 77 venues a year, a shame seven to match the program record for venues at a time.
The Ducks were able to convert four of their seven free-kicks, with Rogers going a perfect 2 for 2, while Smart and Cook also scored from eight yards. Alternatively, Stevens held Misericordia to 0 for 4, with Cunniff recording a saved shoe. Stevens ’offensive game in midfield led to nine unintended Misericordia turnovers. Elder Meredith Conlin joins Schmidt in making two changes, while Cook and junior Lauren Malicki each have one. After Misericordia took a 7-3 advantage in shooting points in the first half, the Ducks took control of the Circle in the second half, winning 13 of the 16 possible seasons. Cook and Rogers combined for 11, while Schmidt, senior Natalie Fitzpatick and senior Morgan Westerby each had one. Torzilli and Alyssa Delgadillo each have three to lead the Cougars.
Stevens finished 20 for 24 on elimination, although the Ducks were perfect in both the third and third areas. Each team was dealt two cards on the evening. Next: Lacrosse Women will travel to Madison, New Jersey on May 7 to take on top-seeded FDU-Florham in the MAC Independence competition.