February 27, 2011

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Stony Brook Rolls to Win over Denver

from press release

The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team scored four goals in the game's first seven minutes and went on to defeat the Denver Pioneers 11-7 Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Senior Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) led the Seawolves with three goals, and freshman Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led all scorers with four points (one goal, three assists).

The Seawolves improve to 2-1 on the season and notch a win against a team that had begun the 2011 season nationally ranked (No. 20 in the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll). The Pioneers drop to 0-4 on the year.

Less than 30 seconds into the match, Stony Brook's Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) took a pass from Cardillo and put the ball past Denver goalie Ashley Harman. That sparked a five-goal outburst in the match's first 11:31. Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.), Trish Molfetta (Carmel, N.Y.), Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) and Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.) all followed with goals to put the Seawolves on top 5-1 and force Denver to switch goalkeepers.

Denver got the deficit down to three, 7-4, by halftime, but the Seawolves came out with three more goals in the second half's first 10 minutes. Cook, Djaha and Tara Gerstacker (Manorville, N.Y.) all tallied goals to put Stony Brook up 10-4.

Denver made it 10-6 with a pair of goals, but Stony Brook received a great effort from keeper Mickey Cahill, who made 10 saves on the day, including three towards the end of the match and one on a free position attempt. Cahill saw a lot of action today as Denver attempted 27 shots, outshooting the Seawolves 27-16. However, Stony Brook had a better percentage of on-goal shots; 14 out of 16 Seawolves shots were on target.

Stony Brook will return to the field Saturday, March 5, as it hosts Johns Hopkins at LaValle Stadium at 1 p.m.


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