No. 18/18 #Seawolves bounce back, rip Rutgers, 14-4
March 8, 2014
Piscataway, N.J. – The No. 18/18 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team displayed a balanced attack and saw its lockdown defense return to form in a 14-4 triumph over Rutgers Saturday afternoon at High Point Solutions Stadium. Freshman midfielder Kristin Yevoli did a little bit of everything, posting game highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers to go along with two goals and two draw controls.
Amanda Currell made eight saves for Rutgers (3-3).
“I’m proud of the effort today. It was the most complete game we have played on both ends of the field this season. We were able to get good looks and share the ball on offense against a really good defense. We’re starting to make a ton of progress on the offensive end of the field to catch up to our stellar defense.”
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
The Seawolves came out with a sense of urgency as Rubino won the opening draw and Van Dyke scored at 29:03, the earliest they have gotten on the board this season. Kartrina Martinelli evened things up on an 8-meter with 24:20 on the clock, but Mercier controlled the ensuing draw and Rubino stashed away a free position shot 20 ticks later for a 2-1 Stony Brook advantage.
Van Dyke struck again on a feed from Natalie Marciniak, and Rubino found Alyssa Guido for a score to stretch SBU’s lead to 4-1 at the 20:45 mark. Goals from the 8-meter by Mercier and Yevoli put Stony Brook up 6-1 at halftime against a Scarlet Knights defense that entered the game with a 5.80 goals-against average.
Kupres opened the second-half scoring and capped a 6-0 run with a goal on an assist from Rubino as SBU took a 7-1 lead with 23:51 left. The Scarlet Knights scored three of the next five goals to pull to within 9-4 at 10:41, but the Seawolves rattled off five unanswered tallies for a decisive win.
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Stony Brook hosts Central Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m.