February 19, 2014

Stony Brook Blanks Monmouth

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. –Fueled by an immaculate defensive effort and four goals and three assists from Michelle Rubino, the No. 12/14 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team topped Monmouth, ­13-0, on a rainy Wednesday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.

Lockdown starting defenders Jessica Romano, Alyssa Fleming, Maegan Meritz and Jenna Agostino kept senior goalie Frankie Caridi from seeing all but one shot, which she saved.

Freshman Kristin Yevoli chipped in a hat trick and a game-high four draw controls as rookies accounted for seven of Stony Brook's (2-0) 13 goals.

Katie Donohoe made eight saves for Monmouth (0-2), which qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Coach's Reaction

"I was really pleased with the way we played as a defensive unit, limiting shots and taking away their strengths. I think we played a better second half offensively, attacking with a purpose and playing to our strength."

-Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

Stony Brook battled weather conditions but used stifling defense and a balanced offensive effort that saw five different Seawolves net a goal to take a 5-0 lead into halftime. Monmouth did not get a shot on goal in the first half, and Caridi caused two turnovers and scooped up two ground balls.

Yevoli stashed away a free position shot at the 27:30 mark of the second half to stretch the lead to 6-0. Rubino followed about four minutes later with a shot from just outside the crease and found Amber Kupres for a score at 19:46 as Stony Brook went in front, 8-0. Rubino's third goal and sixth point of the afternoon came on a free position shot that gave the Seawolves a 9-0 lead with 16:37 left. Running time commenced 3:31 later when Alyssa Guido scored to make it 10-0.

The Numbers Game

Kupres and freshmen Dorrien Van Dyke and Guido each recorded two goals. Senior Alyssa Cardillo dished out one assist. Monmouth turned the ball over 25 times, with the Seawolves causing nine of those turnovers. Caridi, Kupres and Yevoli caused two turnovers apiece. Kupres, Yevoli and Fleming tied for a game-high in ground balls with three each. The Seawolves outshot Monmouth, 32-4.

News and Notes

The Seawolves improved to 4-0 against Monmouth. This is the second time in three years that Stony Brook has won its first two games under Spallina. The program started 5-0 in his first year in 2012. Guido tallied her first career goals in her first NCAA game. Stony Brook previously set a single-game program record of one goal allowed in its opener against Bucknell.

Up Next

Stony Brook will clash with 15th-ranked Notre Dame Saturday at 8 p.m. in a highly anticipated early-season matchup in South Bend, Ind.

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