April 6, 2013

Hillier Leads No. 12 Stony Brook to Sixth Straight Win

from press release

CATONSVILLE, Md. - Janine Hillier posted five points on four goals and one assist, as the No. 12/11 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team took down UMBC, 15-9, for its sixth straight win Saturday evening at UMBC Stadium.

Demmianne Cook tallied a hat trick and dished out two helpers, while Amber Kupres recorded three goals for Stony Brook (11-2, 3-0 AE). Frankie Caridi made six stops and helped the Seawolves hold an opponent to single-digits for the 12th time this season.

Shannon Harkey totaled five points on three goals and two assists for UMBC (8-4, 2-1 AE).

Coach's Reaction

"I'm proud of our student-athletes. They dealt with a lot of adversity today. Although we didn't have our best effort, we still found a way to persevere and pulled out a great road win."

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

Stony Brook jumped out to a 2-0 lead 49 ticks into the game and led, 9-3, at the half, but UMBC would not go away.

With the Seawolves up, 14-7, with 12:51 remaining in the second stanza, Caridi made a save on a shot by Sam Nolan that was headed for the top left corner, but Stony Brook turned it over moments later. Harkey found Abby Wilson on the doorstep for a goal to cut the margin to six, 14-8.

Harkey struck with a tally of her own more than four minutes later when she scored on a free position shot to bring the Retrievers within five, 14-9, at the 8:10 mark.

The rally would end there, as Michelle Rubino controlled the ensuing draw and later in the possession blew past a UMBC defense for a goal that put the lead back at six, 15-9 with 5:45 to play.

Harkey had a chance to once again close the gap to five on a free position shot, but Caridi made the stop to help the Seawolves secure their first-ever win against UMBC in Baltimore.

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