Cardillo dished a career-high seven assists on her Senior Day
April 19, 2014
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Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 17/14 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team beat New Hampshire, 15-5, to lock up the top seed for the America East Championship and a share of the regular season title for the second consecutive year. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo posted a game-high eight points on one goal and a personal-best seven assists.
Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke tallied seven points on three goals and four helpers for Stony Brook (13-2, 4-0 America East). Freshman Courtney Murphy struck six times to bring her 2014 total to 47 goals, breaking Kaitlin Leggio's single-season freshman record of 46 goals set in 2006.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made eight stops between the pipes as the Seawolves extended their winning streak to 10 consecutive games.
Laura McHoul dished out three assists for New Hampshire (7-8, 2-2 America East).
"I thought we came out of the gates real well and played efficient transition offense and won a lot of the ground ball battles. Then, we hit a little bit of a lull and needed to get ourselves back together, which we did."
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
Freshmen accounted for each of Stony Brook's first five goals with Murphy and Kristin Yevoli finding the back of the cage twice apiece and Van Dyke scoring once as the Seawolves jumped out to a 5-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. Cardillo dished to Van Dyke for a goal at 17:18 to give SBU a 9-0 cushion.
New Hampshire answered with four consecutive goals to pull to within 9-4 with 24:59 remaining in the second half. Murphy broke up the spurt with a goal on a feed from Cardillo at 21:43 that began a 6-1 Stony Brook run to close the contest.
The Numbers Game
- Six Seawolves found the back of the cage with three registering multi-goal efforts. Yevoli finished with a hat trick.
- Freshmen accounted for 12 of the Seawolves' 15 goals and 16 of their 26 points.
- Junior midfielder Amber Kupres scooped up a game-high six ground balls, while Yevoli and sophomore defender Alyssa Fleming finished with four ground balls and three ground balls, respectively.
- SBU led, 22-17, in ground balls.
- Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino tallied a team-best four draw controls.
- Stony Brook was 3-for-6 from the 8-meter, while the Wildcats finished 0-for-4.
- The Seawolves finished 22-for-24 on clear attempts. UNH was 16-for-19.
- SBU held a 29-15 advantage on shots.
News and Notes
- Stony Brook honored seniors Jessica Romano, Cardillo, Emily Mercier and Caridi prior to the game.
- Cardillo's seven assists are tied for the third-most in Seawolves single-game history with former All-American Claire Petersen (vs. Central Connecticut, 2/19/12).
- Stony Brook has kept opponents to single-digit goals in 14 of 15 games and to five goals or fewer 10 times.
- The win was the 15th for the Seawolves in league play under Spallina, the most by a coach in program history. Stony Brook is 15-1 all-time in America East action with him on the sidelines and is on a 12-game regular-season conference winning streak dating back to 2012.
- Stony Brook finishes the regular season 7-1 at LaValle Stadium.
- The longest winning streak in program history is 12, a mark set last season.
- Cardillo and Romano passed former all-conference pick Melissa Rontante on Stony Brook's games played list. Rontante saw action in 66 contests during her four-year tenure. Cardillo and Romano have played in 67 games, two shy of Jenna Spenard's record of 69 games.
- Murphy's 47 goals tie her with Janine Hillier (2012) and Amy Taylor (2006) for fourth on the Seawolves' single-season goals ledger. Van Dyke has matched Petersen's 2012 total of 42 goals for eighth on the list.
- Fleming has 43 ground balls on the year, which puts her at seventh in single-season school history.
- The Seawolves handed out rings to members of the 2013 America East Championship team that produced the winningest season in program history with 17 victories. The 2013 championship was the first for Stony Brook in women's lacrosse, and the Seawolves went on to win their first NCAA game, 8-6, over Towson May 10.
Stony Brook concludes non-conference action at Delaware Tuesday at 5 p.m.