LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 4/4/12
From Press Release
The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team broke open its game against UMBC with three goals in the first 4:44 of the second half as the Seawolves tallied 12 goals in the second half and cruised to a 16-6 win over the Retrievers Wednesday night at LaValle Stadium.
Stony Brook has now won four straight games to improve to 9-3 overall and 2-0 in America East. UMBC falls to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) led all players with a season-high six goals, all coming in the second half when the Seawolves outscored UMBC 12-3. Hillier added one assist for a seven-point night. Junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) had three goals and two assists. Freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored two goals and had an assist and had six draw controls to become Stony Brook’s all-time single-season leader (68), surpassing the previous record of 63.
Other Seawolves who scored goals included freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.), junior Kaitlyn Harrison (West Babylon, N.Y.) and freshman Kelly Kuerner (Lake Grove, N.Y.). Junior goalkeeper Frankie Caridi (East Northport, N.Y.) made nine saves in net to lead Stony Brook.
UMBC’s Lindsay Cox led the Retrievers with two goals and an assist. Taeler Errington also scored two goals for UMBC.
“The story tonight was all about our defense and goalie play,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “The girls played well on both ends. Michelle Rubino was outstanding on the draw, which allowed us to get our offense flowing in the second half. The way Janine played in the second half was important for us as a program. We have to get back to work tomorrow to play a tough Vermont team on Saturday.”
The first half proved to be a defensive battle with neither team wrangling control of the game. The game was tied at 2-2 when Petersen scored on a free position shot at 8:36. At 5:47, Kupres took a pass from Petersen and tallied a goal to give SBU a 4-2 lead. But UMBC fought back and scored at 4:40 and went into halftime down 4-3. UMBC’s Kendall Mason made five saves on Stony Brook in the first half.
The Seawolves quickly adjusted and started striking on offense. Petersen took the ball and scored twice unassisted at 28:02 and 25:56. Forty seconds after her goal, Hillier faked a handoff and past defenders towards the net and scored easily to make 7-3 with just 4:44 off the clock in the second half.
Hillier scored again at 19:33 and 13:39 to make it 10-5 Seawolves. Ten seconds after Hillier’s goal, Rubino won the draw control and dished to Cook for an easy goal to make it 11-5.
After Cox scored for UMBC at 7:23 to make it 11-6, it was all Seawolves as Hillier took the ball and pounded the Retrievers defense. She scored two goals 22 seconds apart and then assisted on Harrison’s goal at 1:24 before scoring her sixth and final goal on a dish from Petersen with 20 seconds remaining in the game.
For the game, Stony Brook outshot UMBC 26-20 and won the draw control battle 17-7.
The Seawolves will next face Vermont Saturday at LaValle Stadium at 1 p.m.
Adelphi 23, American International 7
Earlier tonight, the No. 2 Adelphi hosted the Yellow Jackets of American International College in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup. Adelphi’s offense was on fire as 18 of its 23 goals were unanswered while the defensive end of the field held strong as well. With the win, the Panthers advance to 8-1, 5-1 NE-10 while AIC drops to 1-7, 1-6 NE-10.
Erica Devito finished as the game’s high point getter with seven goals split between three goals and four assists. Her second goal of the game at 20:01 sparked a nine-goal run to give the Panthers a more than comfortable 11-2 lead. During that span, she also earned her third goal while assisting on three more scores.
A productive night was had by sophomore Devan Crimi (4G, 2A) and freshman Alexa Froccaro (4G, 1A) as the two underclassmen combined for 11 points. Crimi put in the contest’s first goal and accounted for three of the Panther’s 16 first half goals while also kicking off the second half with a score just 44 seconds in. Froccaro had two goals in each half and nearly notched a fifth at the end of the game, but her attempt went just wide. Her fourth and final shot that found the back of the cage gave Adelphi their largest lead of the game at 22-3.
For senior Marissa Mills, two of her five shots beat AIC goalie, Nicole Sawula. She was also credited with an assist, two ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers. Teammate Danielle Jaycox got in on the action by adding three goals on the night.
A two-goal effort by Sara Sangiorgio boosted her total to 27 on the season, good enough for third highest on the team. Jacqueline Williams, Joanie Buczowski and Michelle Ceraso each took one shot on the evening and made it count, earning their first, second and third goals of the season respectively.
Meg Brown, Angela Oliveto and Tara Gangarossa rounded out the point getters on the night with Brown earning a goal and Oliveto and Gangarossa each being credited with an assist.