Shafer Propels St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse to Win at Haverford

Emily Shafer
Emily Shafer

Haverford, Pa. – After tying the school assist record five days ago, senior attacker Emily Shafer (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) once again came up big for the St. Mary's College of Maryland women's lacrosse team Wednesday night, scoring twice in the final 6:33 of the contest to hand the host Haverford College Fords their first loss of the season as the Seahawks picked up a 13-12 non-conference win.

Shafer added to her hat trick with by scoring her fourth of the night at 6:33 to knot the game at 12-12. Following a good clear attempt by St. Mary's, Shafer was fouled inside the eight-meter arc and awarded a free position shot. She converted the free position shot for the eventual game-winning goal with 4:04 left in the contest.

In the final 30 seconds of the game, St. Mary's turned the ball over and Haverford's senior defender Grace Stockbower (Fort Washington, Pa.) picked up the ground ball, getting it down to fellow classmate Kenny Likes (Monkton, Md.). Likes fired it at the goal with 20 ticks on the clock but first-year Kayla Dunn (Rockville, Md./Good Counsel) denied Likes and the Fords as the Seahawks held on for the win.

Along with matching her career-high of five goals, Shafer added four draw controls as St. Mary's posted a 16-11 margin in draw controls. First-year midfielder Shelby Newman (Hampstead, Md./Manchester Valley) contributed two goals, two assists and four ground balls while senior midfielder Amelia Tenberg (Manchester, Md./Hereford) and first-year midfielder Claire McGagh (Baltimore, Md./Friends School) each added two goals in the win.

Haverford (5-1) outshot the Seahawks (3-5), 13-8, in the first half and edged them in ground balls (7-5) and draw controls (6-5) but St. Mary's kept pace with the Fords as the score was tied 5-5 at halftime. After Haverford opened up with a 4-1 run, the Seahawks scored three straight to even up the score for second time at 4:51. The Fords staked a one-goal lead at 1:31 but McGagh's first tally of the game 43 seconds later made it a short-lived advantage. 

First-year midfielder Christina Gould (Newtown, Conn.) paced the Ford offense with three goals and two assists while sophomore midfielder Diana Perry (Bethesda, Md.) chipped in a hat trick and an assist.

Haverford opened up the second stanza with back-to-back goals at 21:45 but the Seahawks responded with two of their own. St. Mary's then outscored the Fords, 4-2, to claim an 11-9 lead at 15:03. Junior attacker Megan Gallagher (Long Beach, N.Y.) sparked a 3-0 run with consecutive goals to give Haverford the one-goal lead at 7:24.

Dunn finished out the final 10:26 of the contest between the pipes for the Seahawks, making two stops and giving up just one goal to improve to 1-2 on the season. For Haverford, junior Shannon Horn (Bernardsville, N.J.) made four stops and picked up two ground balls in the loss.

St. Mary's will be back in action this Saturday, March 23 as the Seahawks open up Capital Athletic Conference action at York College of Pennsylvania at 1:00 pm.


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