No. 17/16 #Seawolves stymie UMBC in conference opener, 12-1
March 29, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 17/16 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team used a balanced attack and stifling defense to turn back visiting UMBC, 12-1, in its America East opener on a rainy Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo tallied a game-high five points on one goal and four assists.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made three saves and caused one turnover as Stony Brook (8-2, 1-0 America East) limited an opponent to one goal for the second time this season. The total is tied for second on the program's single-game ledger.
Kelly Gielner made four stops for UMBC (5-5, 0-1).
"I'm proud of our players. We won this game today, but we started winning the game on Tuesday with our best week of practice. We strung together practices with a lot of energy and focus. Our defense stepped up. We read a lot of the things they were doing. Offensively, we spread it out. We're a deep group. If teams are going to lock two players off, we're going to make them pay. I'm happy for our team. It's good for them to see the fruits of their labor. The energy in the locker room was the best I've seen it since I've been here, and it spilled out onto the field."
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
Courtney Murphy drilled a shot into the top-right corner to give Stony Brook an early 1-0 advantage at 27:40 of the first half. Yevoli converted a free position about three minutes later to extend the lead to 2-0.
The two sides waged a defensive battle over the next 10 minutes until Cardillo found Kupres for a score with 14:32 remaining in the opening stanza. Emily Mercier followed with an unassisted goal, and Cardillo and Kupres connected twice more as the lead expanded to seven, 7-0, at 6:13.
Van Dyke scored with 3:39 until the break, and Yevoli put in a buzzer-beater to give Stony Brook a 9-0 cushion at half.
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Stony Brook hosts fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Jacksonville in non-conference action Friday at 5 p.m.