By: Ryan Coleman
Down goes the number 4 Women’s Lacrosse team in the country St. Johns Fisher Cardinals, to unranked Stevenson Mustangs. Saturday, March 5th at 1 pm, the Mustangs took on the Cardinals at Stevenson stadium. For the first time in program history, the women’s lacrosse team defeated one of the most prolific teams in all D3 lacrosse.
Stevenson is known for its historic men’s lacrosse program, in hopes of becoming a full-on lacrosse school, but the women’s team took a new approach this season by playing some of the best teams in the NCAA.
The Mustangs took on three teams ranked within the top 20 just in their first three games, so this game was essential for the Mustangs to come out on top. With multiple goals from the Mustangs in an amazing swing of a third-quarter run, they beat the Cardinals 11-10 at the Cardinal’s season opener.
Kara Yurroso, a sophomore midfielder for the Mustangs, and her team had a boost of energy before the game that the team was not used to, but they were more than excited to take on the previous year’s final four contenders.
Traveling all the way south to Owings Mills from Rochester New York, this was the Cardinals’ first game of their long guaranteed 16 game season (not including playoffs).
Even though the Cardinals outshot the Mustangs, Stevenson was able to dominate in all other aspects of the statistics sheet. Outworking the Cardinals in ground balls, saves, and clears. According to sophomore midfielder Hannah Himes, “these are all the steps in the right direction to prepare the (Mustangs) for down the road on the season.”
As we approach the time in the middle of the season when we move into conference play, we will see the intensity and passion rise when these local teams are battling for a Mid-Atlantic Conference play.
The Mustangs kicked off the conference play on April 2nd at home against Alvernia University and shocked the world again with another large conference win.