March 19, 2011

Cable's Five Goals Lead Stony Brook Past Iona

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team scored nine unanswered goals in the first half en route to an 18-7 victory over Iona Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Senior Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) led all scorers with a career-high five goals.

In addition to Cable's five points, junior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) also produced five points on a goal and four assists, which matched a career high. Senior Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) had two goals and two assists for four points. The Seawolves improved to 3-4 on the season while Iona dropped to 2-5.

The score was 1-1 early in the match when the Seawolves took over with three goals in less than five minutes as part of nine unanswered goals over the Gaels. Cable got it started with a tally on a free position shot, and freshman Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.) followed with a free position goal of her own, her second score of the game. Cable then took a pass from Ford behind the goal and put it past Iona goalie Maria Ortiz to make it 4-1 before 10 minutes had passed in the game.

Four different Seawolves then scored, including Tara Gerstacker (Manorville, N.Y.), Jackie Gentile (Old Bethpage, N.Y.), Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.) and Courtney Bertolone (Farmingville, N.Y.), as Stony Brook dominated possession of the ball. Kaitlyn Harrison (West Babylon, N.Y.) finished off the run with a pair of goals late in the half to make it 10-1 in favor of Stony Brook. Iona's Casey Scully scored a pair of goals late to send the teams into halftime with a score of 10-3.

Iona scored four times in the first eight minutes of the second half to cut its deficit to six, 13-7, but Stony Brook buckled down on defense and got five more goals, including a pair more from Cable, who also had four draw controls and a caused turnover.

In net, Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.) faced 16 shots and made five saves to pick up her third victory for Stony Brook.

Stony Brook outshot Iona 25-16 and had three fewer turnovers (17-14). The Seawolves were 14-for-18 on clear attempts, and the Gaels were 9-for-13.

The Seawolves will face a stiff task next Tuesday as they will host defending national champion and No. 1 ranked Maryland at LaValle Stadium at 4 p.m. The game is part of a Stony Brook lacrosse doubleheader with the men's team hosting Cornell at 7 p.m.

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