February 15, 2014

Freshman Murphy Shines in Stony Brook Opener

from Stony Brook press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -  Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy turned in a phenomenal debut performance, tallying seven goals and one assist, as the No. 12 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team opened the 2014 season with an 18-1 rout of Bucknell Saturday at LaValle Stadium.

Murphy's seven goals and eight points were the most for a freshman in a debut in Seawolves history. Her goal total put her in a tie with former America East Players of the Year Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio for most goals by a Seawolf in a single game.

Senior goalie and preseason All-American Frankie Caridi made nine saves in net to anchor a Stony Brook defense that bested a school mark for fewest goals allowed in one contest. The team yielded two goals three times in 2013, most recently against Albany March 30.

Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke started her career with a five-goal performance and classmate Kristin Yevoli added one goal and two assists as freshmen recorded 62 percent (16 of 26) of Stony Brook's points to put the Seawolves at 1-0 on the season.  

Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo posted six points on two goals and four assists, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino tallied a hat trick and an assist.

Sophie Kleinert netted the lone goal for Bucknell (0-1).

Coach's Reaction

"Expectations are really high for this program. There's a lot of youth on this team, but I didn't expect this type of production from Courtney and Dorrien. I can't say enough about our defense. All of our offense came from Frankie (Caridi) and the defense."

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

The Turning Point

It took nearly 10 minutes for the Seawolves to score their first two goals of the season, with Murphy netting both. The next six goals would over a 6:38 span, starting with a Van Dyke goal on an assist from classmate Yevoli at 19:46 to put the Seawolves up, 3-0. Murphy fed Cardillo for a score with 18:30 on the clock and followed with an unassisted tally less than 30 ticks later as the lead expanded to 5-0.

Van Dyke, Murphy and Cardillo found the back of the cage to put Stony Brook up, 8-0, at the 13:08 mark

The Seawolves led 11-1 at the break, and freshmen accounted for eight of their goals.

The Numbers Game

  • Yevoli recorded a game-high six draw controls.
  • Sophomore defender Alyssa Fleming scooped up a game-best five ground balls . Stony Brook led Bucknell in ground balls, 16-11.
  • The Seawolves forced 10 of the Bison's 19 turnovers. Fleming and sophomore defender Maegan Meritz caused two turnovers each.
  • The Seawolves were 18-for-22 on clear attempts. Bucknell managed four clears in 12 tries.

News and Notes

  • Michelle Trachtenberg (2003), Melissa Cook (2008) and Rubino (2012) held the record for most goals by a freshman in a debut (3), a tally Murphy and Van Dyke both passed Saturday. Rubino (2012), Cook (2008) and Cardillo (2011) tallied the previous record of five points in their first games.
  • SBU is 3-0 in season openers under Spallina.
  • Stony Brook improved to 2-0 all-time against Bucknell.

Up Next

Stony Brook welcomes Monmouth to LaValle Stadium Wednesday at 1 p.m.

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