Spallina breaks wins record as No. 15/15t #Seawolves knock off No. 18/17 Albany, 8-4

Caridi anchored a Stony Brook defense that held Albany to its lowest offensive output of the season
 
Caridi anchored a Stony Brook defense that held Albany to its lowest offensive output of the season
 
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April 12, 2014

Final Stats

Albany, N.Y. – The No. 15/15t Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team led the entire way in an 8-4 victory over archrival No. 18/17 Albany Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. With the win, the #Seawolves seized control of sole possession of first place in the America East standings and earned head coach Joe Spallina his program-record 43rd win.

Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy recorded a hat trick, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino finished with two goals, one assist and one caused turnover for Stony Brook (12-2, 3-0 America East).

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made four stops between the pipes as the Seawolves extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games. Stony Brook’s defense, ranked first in the nation, held Albany’s fifth-ranked offense to single-digit goals for the first time this season.

The Great Danes fell to 10-2 overall and 2-1 in conference action. They have yet to beat a ranked opponent. Anna Berman finished with three saves.

Coach’s Reaction

On the game

“It was a big win today. I’m proud of our kids’ efforts. Early in the game, we played large stints of defense and turned big defensive stops into offensive opportunities to get us up. Our defense was outstanding today, limiting many of their high scorers. Offensively, we were very opportunistic. Our kids executed our game plan perfectly.”

On breaking the program’s wins record

“Our goal from the start has been to build a great—not mediocre, not good, but great—program. We don’t want to stop at conference championships. We want to play deep into May every year. Our players embrace that as well as our national ranking and preseason picks. We don’t hide from any of that. I don’t like getting caught up in individual accolades. This is a tribute to the world-class players I’ve been privileged to coach. I give a lot of credit to my players and assistant coaches. We have our sights set on much greater things than this kind of record.”


 

 

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

Stony Brook staked an early 2-0 lead on goals by Natalie Marciniak and Rubino. Albany got on the board on a Maureen Keggins score, but Alyssa Guido drilled a shot on a feed from Rubino at the 23:02 mark of the first half that put the Seawolves up, 3-1.

The Great Danes controlled the ensuing draw and held possession for nearly six minutes while only getting off one shot. Jenna Agostino broke up the stall by causing a Rachel Bowles turnover, and Caridi picked up a ground ball.

The two teams traded turnovers, with Maegan Meritz hustling for a ground ball for Stony Brook on defense to start a successful clear attempt. Amber Kupres made Albany pay with a goal with 14:53 left in the stanza.

After Bowles sliced the margin to 4-2 on a player-up opportunity with 10:28 until the break, Murphy responded at 9:11 to put the advantage back at three, 5-2. Kathleen Lennon got the next draw control, and Albany again slowed down the pace, holding possession for nearly four minutes.

During the stretch, a pair of Katherine Sweeney shots and a free position attempt by Ariana Parker went wide. Parker turned it over when Alyssa Fleming knocked it away with about 5:30 until the break to keep the score at 5-2.

Rubino opened the second-half scoring with a goal at the 26-minute mark and came away with the draw control. It was the Seawolves’ turn to slow the pace, and they kept the ball for more than six minutes until Berman caused a Murphy turnover with 19:38 left. Rubino got possession back just 18 ticks later with a caused turnover on Albany’s Meghan Haney, and Murphy redeemed herself with a free position score at 18:48 for a 7-2 Stony Brook lead.

Another Murphy goal from the 8-meter pushed the advantage to six, 8-2, with 16:10 to play. The Great Danes scored the next two goals and climbed to within 8-4 when Keggins found the back of the cage at 2:29, but Kristin Yevoli controlled the draw and Stony Brook ran out the clock.  

The Numbers Game

  • Kupres and Guido finished with one goal apiece and freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke tallied an assist.
  • Stony Brook’s stifling defense held Albany to four goals on 14 shots for a .286 shooting percentage. The Great Danes entered the contest with a conference-best .509 shooting percentage.
  • Albany held a 9-5 lead in draw controls, but the Seawolves were able to overcome the lack of immediate possessions by causing seven of the Great Danes’ 11 turnovers.
  • Stony Brook was a perfect 13-for-13 on clear attempts. Albany finished 8-for-9.
  • Agostino and Fleming each caused a team-high two turnovers.
  • Caridi and Rubino scooped up a Seawolves-best three ground balls. Stony Brook led Albany in ground balls, 16-9.
  • The Seawolves outshot their hosts, 17-14.

News and Notes

  • Stony Brook took an 8-7 lead in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings. SBU is 4-1 against the Great Danes with Spallina on the sidelines.
  • The Seawolves are 43-10 all-time under Spallina, who is 116-12 in his collegiate coaching career dating back to his four-year stint at Adelphi. He took over at Stony Brook in 2012.
  • The win was the second for the Seawolves over a ranked opponent in program history and the Spallina era. The first came in a 15-14 shootout at No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins March 3, 2012.
  • The Seawolves have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 13 of 14 games and to five goals or fewer nine times. They have not yielded more than four goals in a conference game.
  • SBU is 6-1 in road contests this season.
  • Rubino moved into a tie with former all-conference selection Janine Hillier (2012-13) for sixth in school history with 96 career goals. She passed Samantha Djaha, who scored 95 times from 2008-11.
  • Rubino matched Diana Caroleo’s (2005-08) career assist total of 43 and is now tied for eighth on the Seawolves’ all-time ledger.
  • Murphy has 41 goals, the eighth-most in Stony Brook single-season history. She needs five goals to match Kaitlin Leggio’s freshman record of 46 goals established in 2006.

Up Next

Stony Brook hosts New Hampshire Saturday at noon on Senior Day.

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