Murphy's six goals lead No. 20 #Seawolves past New Hampshire, 13-5
May 2, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy struck six times to lead the top-seeded No. 20 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over New Hampshire in the America East Semifinals Friday evening at LaValle Stadium. The #Seawolves are headed to their third title game in three years under head coach Joe Spallina.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made six saves as Stony Brook (15-3) held an opponent to five goals or fewer for the 12th time in 18 games. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke scored two goals apiece.
Taylor Hurwitz stopped eight shots for New Hamsphire (7-10).
“I called timeout down 1-0, and we talked about having the opportunity to defend our title. We ended up scoring three quick goals after that, which settled them down so they could play Stony Brook lacrosse. Our success is predicated from our defense as these kids are growing up. It was a complete defensive effort. It was tough at times, they had some great feeders and some players who could get the ball up top. I like the way we adjusted.”
A Laura McHoul goal at 21:28 of the first half put the Seawolves in a 1-0 hole. Both offenses struggled to find footing thereafter, and Spallina asked for time with 13:45 remaining in the first half. Kristin Yevoli got Stony Brook on the board at the 12:21 mark to start a 3-0 run over the next 2:10.
Laura Puccia broke up the spurt with a goal at 8:17, but Van Dyke and Murphy stashed away unassisted tallies in the final two minutes of the opening stanza for a 5-2 halftime lead.
McHoul brought UNH within two, 5-3, with 24:18 remaining in the game. However, that is as close as the Wildcats would get as Stony Brook closed the game on an 8-2 run that included each of the game’s final four goals.
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Stony Brook will take on the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 3 Vermont and No. 2 Albany Sunday at noon. The game will air live nationally on ESPN3.