April 9, 2011

Stony Brook Wins First America East Game

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Stony Brook seniors Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) and Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.) scored the go-ahead and game-winning goals, respectively, in the second half to lift the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a 10-9 thrilling win over Binghamton Saturday at LaValle Stadium.

The Seawolves improved to 4-8 overall and 1-3 in America East while the Bearcats dropped to 3-10 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The win improves Stony Brook's all-time record against Binghamton to 8-1.

Djaha, Stony Brook's America East Player of the Game, scored four times on the day to lead Stony Brook. In addition to Cable, five other Seawolves tallied goals, including Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.), Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.), Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.), Tara Gerstacker (Manorville, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Harrison (West Babylon, N.Y.). Ford also had two assists to finish with three points and tie Diana Caroleo (2005-08) for fourth place all-time in program history in career assists (43).

Binghamton's Beth Ford had four goals to also earn America East Player of the game honors. Teammate Lis Zuern had two goals and an assist.

The match came down to the final 10 minutes as the two teams were tied 8-8 when Cable had the ball near the net and made a spin move to get around her defender and then put her shot past goalkeeper Lauren Scott at 9:49 to put the Seawolves on top 9-8.

At 5:15, the Seawolves went up by two goals as Djaha took a pass from Ford behind the net and bounced it past Scott for a 10-8 lead. Stony Brook then won the next draw control and attempted to run out the clock. Binghamton's defense pestered the Seawolves into a turnover, and with 1:21 remaining, Moore tallied a goal to make it 10-9.

Stony Brook again won the draw control but again committed a turnover, giving the Bearcats one last chance to tie. However, Ali Castiglie's shot at the end went wide of Seawolves goalkeeper Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.).

Cahill finished with seven saves on the day. Her counterpart Scott had six saves.

In the first half, Djaha scored twice to help Stony Brook build a 3-1 lead before the Bearcats went on a 4-0 run to go up 5-3 with 12 minutes remaining. But the Seawolves bounced back with four goals of their own and went into halftime up 7-6.

Stony Brook will go for a second straight win next Saturday April 16 at New Hampshire at 1 p.m.

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