Strong start propels No. 20/18 #Seawolves into second round of NCAA Tourney
May 9, 2014
Syracuse, N.Y. - The No. 20/18 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team converted nine of 10 first-half shots into goals and held off a second-half Towson run for a 10-8 triumph in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Friday at the Syracuse Soccer Stadium.
The win was the second in the NCAA Tournament for Stony Brook (17-3), which beat Towson, 8-6, in the first round last season. Freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke and junior midfielder Amber Kupres tallied hat tricks, and senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo dished four assists.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi stopped seven shots.
Taylor Moore scored three times for Towson (11-8).
"The biggest thing is we just wanted to win. We don't need to win with style points. We just want to win. I'm proud of our kids. We're real young and have a great goalie. We're Stony Brook, and we just won another NCAA Tournament game."
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
Stony Brook raced out to a 2-0 lead by 25:22 of the first half on free position shots by Michelle Rubino and Van Dyke.
The Tigers controlled the ensuing draw, but SBU's defense held them in check and the possession ended with Kristin Yevoli causing an Ashleigh Rohrback turnover. Stony Brook took advantage when Cardillo found Kupres in front for a goal and 3-0 cushion with 22:10 until break.
The barrage continued with Van Dyke, Yevoli, Murphy and Rubino each tallying one goal and Kupres scoring twice to put the halftime lead at 9-0.
Towson used an 8-1 second-half run to claw to within 10-8 when Andi Raymond scored with 57 seconds left. Raymond controlled the draw and fired off a shot, but Caridi denied it and Stony Brook ran out the clock.
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The Seawolves square off with No. 2 Syracuse Sunday at 3 p.m. at Syracuse Soccer Stadium.