HOBOKEN, NJ (April 2, 2022) – Senior Camryn Rogers scored six goals, including the 100th of her career, as the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s lacrosse team beat King’s College 22-5 on Saturday in a MAC Freedom game at DeBaun Athletic Complex.
First year Rebecca Guerra scored the first three goals of his career and senior Morgan Westerby and junior Julienne Murphy each finished with five points for the Ducks, who won their second straight to improve to 10-1 this year and 2-0 in the conference. Ducks’ 10 wins are fourth-year head coach’s fewest Karen Shaddock.
Alli Lindsay and Natasha Koslop each scored twice for King’s, which fell to 1-8 this year and 0-2 in conference play. The Monarchs have lost two straight and are not 0-2 against the Ducks.
“It was a great team win for us,” Shaddock said. “I’m really impressed with our players who took advantage of an opportunity for extra playing time and really produced today.”
Rogers, who came on two goals short of his career milestone, wasted no time getting there. The Branchburg, New Jersey native tied the game 1-1 with back-to-back goals midway through the first and finished with six goals for her ninth hat-trick of the season. Rogers ranks ninth in the nation with 50 goals and 26th with 4.55 goals per game. After spending the first two seasons of his career at Rutgers, Rogers is now nine of 100 in 21 career games at Castle Point.
“We are very happy to have Cam score his 100th career goal,” Shaddock said.
Senior Maeve McGovern and second Emilie Leiby each finished with two goals and an assist as 13 different Ducks found the scoresheet. Second year Carly Walker scored twice for his first career multi-goal game. Junior Maddie Schmidt and first year Alison Lax each had a goal and an assist, while the seniors Natalie Fitzpatrick and junior Zoe Cook each scored once. Junior Lauren Malicki handed out an assist and the first year Anna Velardi had two for each student-athlete’s first collegiate point.
“Offensively everyone was a threat and we were able to get the ball rolling and look for a lot of transition goals,” Shaddock commented. “I loved all of our streams and we really celebrated a team win.”
Senior lauren cunniff made three saves in the cage to earn Stevens the win. First year Erica Strojny took over at halftime and finished with a career-high three saves. Sidney Bush made four saves in the King’s loss. Jessie Smalley took over early in the third quarter and also made four saves.
“I was thinking Erica Schug and Marie Lingberger played incredible defense for us and really helped keep King’s top scorers off the scoresheet,” Shaddock explained. “Cunniff and Strojny made some great saves in the cage.”
After Westerby won the game’s first draw, Cook scored 30 seconds later to give the Ducks their first lead of the day. Koslop responded on the Monarchs’ next possession, but the Ducks scored the next six goals to take control of the game. Back-to-back goals from Rogers sparked the run, with back-to-back goals from Leiby and single counts from Westerby and McGovern ending the period.
The offensive fireworks continued into the second quarter, with six different players finding the back of the net as the Ducks took a 15-2 halftime lead. Guerra scored two of his three goals in the frame and completed his first career hat trick in the fourth.
“Rebecca worked so hard and managed to score her first goals of the season,” Shaddock explained. “I think all of our attacking players did a great job.”
The Ducks completed the victory, beating the Monarchs 7-3 in the second half to reach 22 goals for the second time this season. The Ducks currently rank 25th in Division III in scoring with 16.27.
Stevens forced 14 of the Monarchs’ 21 turnovers. Westerby and Freshman Erica Schug each caused three turnovers to lead the Ducks defense, while Murphy caused two. Six different players caused a turnover each to lead King’s.
The Ducks won 22 of the game’s 29 draw checks. Rogers finished with a career-high 12, while Cook had five. Leiby got two and Westerby and Fitzpatrick each finished with one to complete the Ducks’ efforts. Lindsay and Koslop each had two to beat King’s.
“I think our whole draw group was fantastic,” Shaddock said. “Zoe, Morgan, Cam and Leiby all worked well together and helped secure the ball for us.”
Stevens held a 24-10 advantage in ground balls. Schug had a game-high four, while Rogers had three. Leiby, Westerby, Fitzpatrick and Lax all picked up two as 15 different players had at least one. Lindsay chose three to run King’s.
The Ducks made 16 of 18 punt attempts, including a perfect 10-for-10 in the first half. A stifling defensive effort in midfield limited King’s to just 12 clearances from 22 tries.
Both of Lindsay’s goals came from free position as the Monarchs finished 2-for-4 that day. Cunniff recorded two saves on eight-yard attempts in the first half and King’s did not attempt a shot from free position in the final quarter. Rogers went 3 for 3 on shots from the free position, while Westerby went 1 for 2, while Stevens went 4 for 7 that day.
The Ducks managed to kill both cards and Rogers added a shorthanded goal in the fourth quarter.
following: Women’s lacrosse hits the road for the first time since March 19 for a MAC Freedom game in Delaware Valley. The Ducks defeated the Aggies 23-1 on March 17, 2021 in what was believed to be the first meeting between the teams.
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