Murphy's Six Goals Lead Stony Brook Past UNH
from Press Release
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy struck six times to lead the top-seeded No. 20 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over New Hampshire in the America East Semifinals Friday evening at LaValle Stadium. The #Seawolves are headed to their third title game in three years under head coach Joe Spallina.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made six saves as Stony Brook (15-3) held an opponent to five goals or fewer for the 12th time in 18 games. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dykescored two goals apiece.
Taylor Hurwitz stopped eight shots for New Hamsphire (7-10).
"I called timeout down 1-0, and we talked about having the opportunity to defend our title. We ended up scoring three quick goals after that, which settled them down so they could play Stony Brook lacrosse. Our success is predicated from our defense as these kids are growing up. It was a complete defensive effort. It was tough at times, they had some great feeders and some players who could get the ball up top. I like the way we adjusted."
A Laura McHoul goal at 21:28 of the first half put the Seawolves in a 1-0 hole. Both offenses struggled to find footing thereafter, and Spallina asked for time with 13:45 remaining in the first half. Kristin Yevoligot Stony Brook on the board at the 12:21 mark to start a 3-0 run over the next 2:10.
Laura Puccia broke up the spurt with a goal at 8:17, but Van Dyke and Murphy stashed away unassisted tallies in the final two minutes of the opening stanza for a 5-2 halftime lead.
McHoul brought UNH within two, 5-3, with 24:18 remaining in the game. However, that is as close as the Wildcats would get as Stony Brook closed the game on an 8-2 run that included each of the game's final four goals.
The Numbers Game
Yevoli, junior midfielder Kelly Kuerner and senior midfielder Emily Mercier tallied one goal each.Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo had a team-high two assists, and Rubino and Yevoli dished out one helper apiece.Sophomore defender Maegan Meritz led the Seawolves with five ground balls and two caused turnovers. Her ground ball total tied Amber Kupres (vs. UMBC, 5/3/12) for a school America East Championship record. Yevoli controlled a team-best four draws, while sophomore defender Alyssa Fleming chimed in with three draws. Stony Brook held an 11-9 advantage in draw controls.
News and Notes
The Seawolves did not make a title game appearance prior to Spallina's arrival. They are 3-0 in the America East Semifinals under his direction.The SBU defense has limited opponents to single-digit goals in 17 of 18 games.Murphy's six goals tied for second for most in an America East Championship game. Former All-American Demmianne Cook recorded seven strikes in last year's semifinal game vs. Vermont. Murphy has scored a freshman-record 54 goals, the third-most in single-season school history and most by a player other than Cook.Rubino moved into eighth in school history with 144 career points. She passed Janine Hillier, who registered 143 points from 2012-13.Van Dyke tied Hiller (2012) and Amy Taylor (2006) for fifth on the school's single-season goals ledger with 47.Seniors Jessica Romano and Cardillo broke former all-conference selection Jenna Spenard's school record for games played by making their 70th appearances in a Stony Brook uniform.
Stony Brook will take on the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 3 Vermont and No. 2 Albany Sunday at noon. The game will air live nationally on ESPN3.
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