Owings Mills, Md. – Senior captain Olivia Edwards (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) continued her offensive prowess Saturday night as the St. Mary's College of Maryland field hockey team dropped a 4-1 decision to host Stevenson University.
Edwards has now scored at least one goal in four of the team's five games this season and owns team-bests of seven goals and 14 points.
Following a scoreless first half that witnessed just three shots and three penalty corners between the two teams, Stevenson (5-1) drew first blood nearly four minutes into the second stanza. Sophomore midfielder Rosemarie Neiva (Selden, N.Y./Newfield) blasted in a shot for a 1-0 lead at 38:57 after receiving a pass from senior forward Caitlin Dempsey (Fallston, Md./Fallston).
The Seahawks responded by converting on a penalty corner at 41:10. After Edwards inserted the ball, junior midfielder Emily Bishop (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) received the pass and sent it back towards Edwards for the finish.
Senior forward Alison Kagel (Turnersville, N.J./Washington Twp.) finished off a feed from senior midfielder Ariella Hopp (Jarrettsville, Md./Notre Dame) for a 2-1 Mustang lead at 43:26. Dempsey and junior midfielder Rebecca Moreland (Parkville, Md./Mercy) then each picked up unassisted goals at 50:51 and 56:11, respectively, for a three-goal cushion.
Stevenson finished with a 9-5 margin in shots as well as a 9-7 edge in penalty corners. Today's result marks the first win for the Mustangs over St. Mary's since 2001 while snapping the Seahawks' 13-game win streak against Stevenson. St. Mary's now holds a 16-5-1 record against the Mustangs since series began in 1994 with then Villa Julie College (as Stevenson was formerly known).
Senior captain Christy Bishop (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) posted five saves in only the Seahawks' second loss of the season while sophomore Gabriella Brooks (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill) picked up one stop in Stevenson's third win in a row.
St. Mary's road trip continues as the Seahawks travel to Virginia for two games. The Seahawks take on Washington and Lee University in Lexington on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00 p.m. before facing Bridgewater College the next day in Bridgewater at 1:00 p.m.
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