No. 18/18 #Seawolves bounce back, rip Rutgers, 14-4

Caridi recorded a career-high 11 saves for the second time this season

March 8, 2014

Final Stats

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.  

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi tied her personal best with 11 saves, and freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke netted a hat trick for Stony Brook (4-2).

Midfielders Emily Mercier and Michelle Rubino recorded four points and three points, respectively.

Amanda Currell made eight saves for Rutgers (3-3).

Coach’s Reaction

“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

Turning Point

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.

Inside the Numbers

  • Seven Seawolves scored at least one goal and six had multi-goal efforts. Mercier, Rubino, Kupres and freshman attacker Courtney Murphy joined Yevoli with two goals each.
  • Nine different Stony Brook players recorded a point as Marciniak and senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo tallied one assist apiece. Mercier led Stony Brook in points and assists with four and two, respectively.
  • Stony Brook was 16-for-18 on the clear, while Rutgers finished 11-for-15.
  • Junior defender Jenna Agostino caused two turnovers. Rutgers turned it over 16 times.
  • Yevoli’s six ground balls were twice that of RU’s leader, Claire MacDougall (3). Stony Brook hustled for an 18-14 advantage in ground balls.
  • Each team recorded 10 draw controls. Rubino led the Seawolves with three controlled draws.   

News and Notes

  • This was the first-ever women’s lacrosse game at High Point Solutions Stadium, a 52,454-seat facility that is home to Rutgers football.
  • The contest was the first between the two New York Metro-Area teams.
  • Guido made her first collegiate start.
  • Marciniak’s assist was the first of her career.
  • Rubino tied All-American Demmianne Cook for third in Seawolves history with 157 career draw controls. Cook did her damage in the circle from 2012-13.
  • Cardillo passed former All-Mid-Atlantic and two-time first-team all-conference pick Janine Hillier for sixth on Stony Brook’s all-time assists ledger. Cardillo has tallied 48 assists since 2010. Hillier dished out 47 helpers from 2012-13.
  • Stony Brook has kept opponents to single-digit goals in five of its six games this season and fewer than five goals four times.
  • SBU’s 14 goals are the most allowed by RU this season.

Up Next

Stony Brook hosts Central Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m.