Rubino lifts No. 15/15t #Seawolves to comeback win at Yale

Mercier scored the game-winner in a come-from-behind victory for the Seawolves

April 9, 2014

Final Stats

New Haven, Conn. – Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino scored three of her five goals in the second half as the No. 15/15t Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit for an 11-9 win over Yale Wednesday afternoon at Reese Stadium.

Senior midfielder Emily Mercier scored the game-winning goal for Stony Brook (11-2) on a free position shot with 10:42 left. Classmate Alyssa Cardillo recorded three points on two goals and an assist, and freshmen Kristin Yevoli and Courtney Murphy scored two goals and one goal, respectively.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi stopped five shots.

Head coach Joe Spallina now has 42 wins in his Seawolves career, tied for the most wins by a Stony Brook women's lacrosse coach.

Nicole Danigellis led the way with six goals for Yale (7-5).

Coach’s Reaction

“We want to be battle tested for the playoffs. We have big-time goals. I thought our players did a good job handling a bit of adversity today, and Michelle Rubino stepped up in a big way when she had to. We got a good spark off the bench from Emily Mercier, who had a big game-winning goal on a free position shot. It’s not always going to be a thing of beauty. Playoff games are not 14-1 or 15-2 or 12-5. Playoff games are tight. Hopefully, this helps us prepare.”



--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

With the score tied at 6-all, the Bulldogs tallied three consecutive goals to take their largest lead of the game, 9-6, at the 20-minute mark.

Yevoli got Stony Brook within two, 9-7, when she scored on a feed from Cardillo at 16:50.

With just over 12 minutes to play, Erin McNulty saved a Rubino shot as the junior fell. While on the ground, the athletic midfielder picked up the ball and flicked it into the net to cut the deficit to one, 9-8. She then controlled the ensuing draw and struck again to knot it at 9-9 with 11:46 to play.

Mercier stashed away an 8-meter attempt at 10:42 to give the Seawolves their first lead since 5-4 at 1:37 of the first half, and Rubino found the back of the cage once more with 6:36 left to stretch the advantage to two, 11-9.

Yale had an opportunity with 90 seconds remaining, but Danigellis’ shot went wide and no Bulldog was behind the net, giving Stony Brook the ball back.

The Numbers Game

  • Five different Seawolves scored at least one goal.
  • Each team tallied 11 draw controls. The Seawolves led, 7-4, in draw controls in the second half and controlled each of the last four draws.
  • Freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke recorded two of the final four draw controls and finished with a game-high five draw controls.
  • Yale outshot Stony Brook, 21-18.

News and Notes

  • The Seawolves defense has kept opponents to single-digit goal scoring in 12 of 13 games.
  • Stony Brook improved to 5-1 on the road.
  • Rubino moved into eighth in school history in goals with 93, passing Carlee Buck (92, 2004-07).
  • Cardillo moved into sole possession of fourth on Stony Brook’s all-time assists ledger with 56 career assists. She passed Amy Taylor, who dished out 55 assists from 2004-07.
  • With 38 goals on the season, Murphy tied Amy Taylor (2007) and Marissa Trachtenberg (2003) for ninth-most in single-season program history. The Shirley, N.Y., native has scored a goal in 11 of her first 13 games and is approaching Kaitlin Leggio’s freshman-record 46 goals set in 2006.

Up Next

Stony Brook clashes with archrival No. 18/17 Albany in a rematch of the last two America East title games Saturday. First draw is set for noon at John Fallon Field in Albany, N.Y.