The Stevens field hockey team won its first-ever Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic title with a 3-0 shutout of Fairleigh Dickinson University – Florham Saturday afternoon at Lebanon Valley College. The Ducks, who were the tournament's third seed, finish the year 16-7 overall.
Junior back Megan Traub was named the Most Outstanding Performer, keying the Stevens defense to a pair of shutouts to end its season. She also was a huge force on both offensive and defensive penalty corners.
After a scoreless first half the Ducks broke through in a big way with three second-period markers. Freshman Dailyn Brook knocked in a cross from junior back Grace Ridge (Moorestown, N.J.) at 49:56. Ridge crossed to the right post from the left side of the circle and the Stevens rookie was there for her 13th of the year.
Brook struck again 6:43 later from the left post, tapping in a cross that came from the stick of sophomore midfielder Jillian Fiebel. It was Fiebel's eighth helper and 32nd point, while Brook recorded her 32nd and 33rd points of the year.
Junior midfielder Chelsea Cresci put the icing on the cake for the Ducks with 1:32 left, knocking in a rebound to pocket her fourth of the season.
After a back-and-forth first half, the Ducks turned the pressure up in the second, ending the contest with a 22-9 margin in shots and a 14-10 edge in penalty corners.
Senior goalie Kaitlin McClymont made five saves to record her fourth shutout of the season. She finishes 2012 with an overall record of 16-7 and 140 saves in 1,558-plus minutes in goal.
“I am extremely proud of this team,” Head Field Hockey Coach Emily Beach said. “They faced a number of obstacles this season but never gave up. The ECAC is a great tournament and we had to play very good hockey to win it.”
Freshman goalie Amy Defnet led the Devils (12-11) with 14 saves, including 10 in the second half. FDU was the No. 8 seed and defeated top-seeded Wesley College and Alvernia University to reach the final. Stevens downed sixth-seeded Swarthmore College and No. 2 LVC to reach the championship game.
Stevens' 16 wins are the third most in program history. Its 72 goals is a new program record as are its 49 assists and 193 points. Eight players had at least nine points this year and six different Ducks tallied game-winning goals.