Stony Brook Powers Past Binghamton, 16-3
from Press Release
Vestal, N.Y. - The No. 15/15 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team scored the first nine goals of the game in a 16-3 blowout of Binghamton Sunday afternoon at the Alumni Sports Complex. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy led the way on offense with six goals and one assist for a game-high seven points.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made five stops and allowed only one goal as the Stony Brook (10-2, 2-0 America East) defense allowed three goals or fewer for the fifth time this season and third game in a row.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino turned in another balanced performance with one goal and game highs of three assists and four draw controls. Midfielders Amber Kupres and Dorrien Van Dyke each recorded hat tricks.
Head coach Joe Spallina is now one win shy of tying the program's all-time wins record of 42.
Erin McNulty stopped nine shots for Binghamton (6-6, 0-2).
"I think the team did a good job of setting the tempo right from the start and did well playing dominant defense and smart, aggressive offense that set pace for the game. As a team, we are really looking forward to a great next week."
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
The Seawolves showed no signs of being tired following Friday night's victory against Jacksonville. Murphy drilled a shot into the top-left corner 33 seconds in to give the Seawolves a 1-0 advantage. She struck again less than one minute later on a feed from Rubino for a 2-0 lead.
With 25:54 until halftime, Kristin Yevoli caused a turnover, picked up a ground ball and raced down the field for a successful clear. She passed off to Murphy, who dished to Natalie Marciniak for a goal that put Stony Brook ahead, 3-0.
Murphy stashed away a shot into the top-right corner, giving the Seawolves a 4-0 cushion at 25:24 and the rookie a hand in each of her team's first four goals.
Kupres capped a 9-0 run when Alyssa Cardillofound her on the doorstep for a goal with 4:33 left in the opening stanza.
The Numbers Game
Freshmen tallied 11 of the Seawolves' 16 goals and 13 of their 24 points.Six different Seawolves scored a goal and four had multi-goal efforts. Seven Stony Brook players recorded a point.A solid finisher, Murphy's six goals came on eight shots.SBU outshot the Bearcats, 32-12.The Seawolves led, 12-9, in draw controls.Van Dyke controlled three draws.Marciniak and freshman attacker Alyssa Guido tallied three points apiece. Marciniak's came on one goal and two helpers, and Guido scored twice and had one assist.Freshman goalie Kaitlyn Leahy made two saves in the final 8:39.Yevoli, Rubino and junior defender Jenna Agostino all tallied a team-high three ground balls. The Seawolves scooped up 25 ground balls compared to 14 for Binghamton.Agostino and Kupres caused two turnovers each.Stony Brook was 17-for-18 on clear attempts.
News and Notes
SBU's stellar defense has held 11 of 12 opponents to single-digit goal scoring. The Seawolves have allowed five goals or fewer eight times.With 39 goals during her freshman campaign, Van Dyke tied Diana Caroleo (2008) for eighth on Stony Brook's all-time single-season ledger. Kaitlin Leggio holds the record for most goals by a freshman in a debut season with 46 in 2006. Murphy has 37 goals this year.Stony Brook's seven-game winning streak is its longest of the season.Rubino moved into sole possession of ninth on the Seawolves' career assists ledger with 42. She passed Kristin Dupuis (39, 2005-08) and is one shy of Caroleo (43, 2005-08).Rubino leapt over Caroleo for ninth in career points as she now has 131 during her three-year tenure. Caroleo finished her career with 130 points.Stony Brook improved to 11-1 all-time against Binghamton.The Seawolves are 4-1 on the road.
Stony Brook will look to earn Spallina his record-tying 42nd win at Yale Wednesday at 4 p.m.
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