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Mustangs Upended at No. 6 F&M in NCAA Second Round

Mustangs Upended at No. 6 F&M in NCAA Second Round

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Stevenson fell behind early to sixth-ranked Franklin & Marshall, dropping a  20-6 decision in the NCAA Second Round at Shadek Stadium on Sunday afternoon. 

Caroline Murphy set a new single-season record for goals in the second half, posting her 63rd of the campaign. Stevenson (13-8) concludes its season after playing the second of back-to-back games following a 17-7 win against Meredith on May 14. 

Mary Marc, Kaitlyn Kozlowski and Lan Le Crotty also found the back of the net for the Mustangs, while Sophie Shucosky posted eight saves. Meanwhile, Franklin & Marshall (17-3) punches its ticket to the NCAA Sweet 16, moving on to face Ithaca next weekend. The Diplomats held a 40-17 edge in shots, benefitting from five players with multiple goals and 12 different goal scorers on the day. 

Franklin & Marshall opened up an early 3-0 advantage in the first quarter, prompting a Stevenson timeout at 11:25. Out of the timeout, Stevenson had little room to work on the offensive end as Isabelle VanEmburgh sent an attempt wide before the Diplomats countered on the next trip up the field, working their edge to 4-0 with a Lydia Cassilly tally. 

The early scoring surge for F&M continued as the hosts mounted a 5-0 lead. Stevenson countered with Blick working a pass inside to a cutting Murphy, who ripped home a chance from the right side at 5:19. 

F&M responded with the next two markers in short order, pushing the lead to 7-1 at 3:37 in the opening stanza after goals from Gillian Brannan and Kate McLam. With under one minute left in the opening frame, F&M hustled ahead off a Mustang turnover and converted for an 8-1 advantage. 

Murphy tied the program's single-season goals record, held by current assistant coach Carly Bowes, with her 62nd of the season early in the second quarter. Moments later, Marc cashed in on a rare free position chance with an empty net, slicing the F&M deficit to 9-3 with 13:11 showing in the opening half. The Diplomats ballooned the lead to 12-3 as the clock melted down under four minutes in the frame. Crotty halted the F&M run after gathering a low pass and scoring with an underhanded, posting her 34th goal of the season and trimming the deficit to 12-4.

Murphy, who posted a new Stevenson record for points in a season against Meredith, set the single season goal-scoring record just over one minute into the second half. F&M notched seven consecutive goals, starting the running clock in the third period. 

Both sides began to work in different lineup combinations into the fourth, including a change in goal as Caitlyn Lane and Alyssa Moran entered between the pipes. Kozlowski rounded out the scoring with the final goal of the day at 2:22 in the fourth. 

NEWS AND NOTES 

  • Mckenna Blick, who scored a goal in 20 of 21 games, finishes third on the Stevenson single season goals list (57) and fourth in points (81). 
  • Blick was active in all phases on Sunday, recording four draw controls, two caused turnovers and two ground balls to go along with her first-half assist. '
  • Murphy rounds out her career with 167 goals and 234 points. 
  • Kirsten Foster and Hanna Ash also had a pair of caused turnovers each for Stevenson, while Tayla Wibecan was aggressive on the defensive end throughout the day. 
  • Draw controls were even at 15 each, but the Diplomats held an early edge in possession to build a comfortable lead in the first. 
  • Franklin & Marshall takes a 4-0 lead in the all-time series against Stevenson. 
  • Stevenson and Franklin & Marshall had five common opponents during the 2022 season. One of those opponents was Salisbury, which F&M knocked off on March 30. 
  • Franklin & Marshall has made 23 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including each season since 2006. 

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