Stony Brook Races Out to Lead, Fends Off Towson
from press release
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 20/18 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team converted nine of 10 first-half shots into goals and held off a second-half Towson run for a 10-8 triumph in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium.
The win was the second in the NCAA Tournament for Stony Brook (17-3), which beat Towson, 8-6, in the first round last season. Freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke and junior midfielder Amber Kupres tallied hat tricks, and senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo dished four assists.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi stopped seven shots.
Taylor Moore scored three times for Towson (11-8).
"The biggest thing is we just wanted to win. We don't need to win with style points. We just want to win. I'm proud of our kids. We're real young and have a great goalie. We're Stony Brook, and we just won another NCAA Tournament game."
-Head Coach Joe Spallina
Stony Brook raced out to a 2-0 lead by 25:22 of the first half on free position shots by Michelle Rubino and Van Dyke.
The Tigers controlled the ensuing draw, but SBU's defense held them in check and the possession ended with Kristin Yevoli causing an Ashleigh Rohrback turnover. Stony Brook took advantage when Cardillo found Kupres in front for a goal and 3-0 cushion with 22:10 until break.
The barrage continued with Van Dyke, Yevoli, Murphy and Rubino each tallying one goal and Kupres scoring twice to put the halftime lead at 9-0.
Towson used an 8-1 second-half run to claw to within 10-8 when Andi Raymond scored with 57 seconds left. Raymond controlled the draw and fired off a shot, but Caridi denied it and Stony Brook ran out the clock.
The Numbers Game
Rubino scored two goals, controlled a team-high four draws and caused one turnover. Her four draws broke the school NCAA Tournament record of three she and Demmianne Cook set last season.Towson and Stony Brook scooped up 10 ground balls apiece. Sophomore defender Alyssa Fleming and senior defender Jessica Romano led the Seawolves with three ground balls each.Towson finished with 12 turnovers compared to nine turnovers for Stony Brook.SBU was 3-for-3 from the 8-meter arc.The Tigers outshot Stony Brook, 21-15.
News and Notes
Stony Brook's 17 wins are tied for the most in school history with the 2013 team.America East squads have won five games in the NCAA Tournament. Two of those victories are courtesy of SBU.
Kupres and Van Dyke tied a school NCAA Tournament mark with their three goals. Kupres struck three times against Towson last season.
Stony Brook became the 16th team to shut out a team in a half of an NCAA Tournament game. The last was Florida vs. Penn State in the second half of the 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals.
The Seawolves defense has held opponents to single-digit goals in 19 of 20 games.
Stony Brook improved to 2-0 all-time against Towson with both wins coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Cardillo moved into a tie with Carlee Buck (2007) for fourth in single-season school history with 39 assists. Her four helpers against Towson were the most by a Seawolf in an NCAA Tournament contest.
Fleming passed Danielle Werner for third in school history with 53 ground balls this season. Werner picked up 51 ground balls in 2003.
Rubino matched Melissa Cook (2008-11) for seventh in all-time at Stony Brook with 147 career points.
With 68 points during her stellar rookie campaign, Van Dyke has tied Janine Hillier (2012) for seventh on SBU's single-season points ledger.
The Seawolves square off with No. 2 Syracuse Sunday at 3 p.m. at Syracuse Soccer Stadium.
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