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Women’s lacrosse: Stony Brook loses heartbreaker to nationally-ranked Duke, 9-8

Monday, 5th March 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/5/12
From Press Release

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team battled nationally ranked Duke and gave the Blue Devils everything it had, but Makenzie Hommel’s goal with 5:31 remaining in the game gave Duke a 9-8 victory over the Seawolves Monday at LaValle Stadium.

The loss snaps Stony Brook’s season-opening five-game winning streak.

Junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led the Seawolves with four second-half goals. Juniors Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) and Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) each added two goals.

“Our players played their hearts out today,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “But it was disappointing to lose this game and to lose to a nationally ranked opponent in Duke. We will have to learn from this game and get better and get ready for our next opponent.”

The first half was a defensive duel that saw only one goal in the first 10 minutes, a goal by Duke’s Taylor Trimble. The Blue Devils extended their lead to 3-1 before Petersen scored at 11:48 and Cook scored a goal with 20 seconds remaining in the half to tie the game at 3-3.

That would have been the halftime score, except Duke won the ensuing draw control, and Emma Hamm scored unassisted as time expired on the clock, sending Duke (6-2) into the break with a 4-3 advantage.

Stony Brook (5-1) responded with three unanswered goals early in the second half as Hillier took the offensive load and notched two goals in a span of two minutes to take a 5-4 lead, and Petersen tricked her defenders into thinking she was passing behind the net and instead came back around in front of the net and scored unassisted at 18:43, giving SBU a 6-4 lead.

Duke responded with Chelsea Landon’s goal at 17:19 to make it 6-5 before Hillier scored again at 16:53 to make it 7-5 in favor of the Seawolves.

Duke scored three consecutive times in a span of six minutes to take an 8-7 lead before Hillier again played heroics by notching her fourth goal at 8:45 to tie the game at 8-8.

Stony Brook appeared poised to take the lead again as Duke picked up two yellow cards and was down two on the field, but Hillier’s free position attempt at 7:50 went wide. Freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) also had a good look at the net, but Duke’s Mollie Mackler made a big save at 6:31.

Duke reclaimed possession, and Hommel put in the go-ahead goal for the Blue Devils at 5:31.

Stony Brook had one last shot with 13 seconds left in the game, but again Hillier’s free position attempt went wide.

An unsung hero for the Seawolves was junior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio (Rochester, N.Y.), who made seven saves in the game against a tough Duke offense.

Stony Brook will be back in action on March 14 at nationally ranked Florida at 3 p.m.



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