Stony Brook Wins 2nd-Straight WLAX Title, 7-1, Over Albany
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Stony Brook University Seawolves used a historic defensive performance to win their second-straight America East women’s lacrosse title, 7-1, over Albany on Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
The Seawolves held the Great Danes to one goal, the fewest goals allowed in an America East tournament game. Stony Brook also broke its own tournament record set a year ago by allowing just six total goals between the semifinals and the title game. Senior goalkeeper Frankie Caridi anchored the defensive effort and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, setting a tournament record with a 3.00 goals against average and made six saves in the title game.
Joining Caridi on the All-Tournament team from Stony Brook were Amber Kupres, Jessica Romano and Michelle Rubino. Albany had three players selected to the All-Tournament Team in Erin Monna, Ariana Parker and Allie Phelan.
It is the second title for Stony Brook in program history, defeating Albany for the second-straight year in the third-straight title-game meeting between the two squads.
In the lowest scoring game in tournament history, it was freshmen Dorrien Van Dyke and Courtney Murphy that produced the offense for Stony Brook with two goals apiece. Murphy finished with eight total goals in the tournament after scoring six in the semifinal vs. UNH.
The Great Danes got on the board first when freshman and All-Rookie selection Sarah Martin scored on a free position shot at the 22:24 mark of the first half. The tally was Martin’s first of the tournament.
Caridi kept the deficit at 1-0 with a stick-to-stick save on a quick shot by Dakotah Savitcheff with 19:11 left in the half.
Van Dyke evened the contest with 16:25 left, picking up a loose ball at midfield and taking it the distance on a breakaway, making it 1-1. Van Dyke totaled four goals in the tournament.
Caridi made two more outstanding saves later in the half, including one on a Rachel Bowles free position attempt with 4:50 left. The game would remain tied at one apiece as the teams broke for halftime.
Kupres gave Stony Brook the lead early in the second half, scoring a pass from Alyssa Cardillo just 44 seconds into the frame making it 2-1 in favor of the Seawolves.
Stony Brook earned some breathing room with 24:38 left as Emily Mercier scored on a free position attempt and increased the lead to 3-1. The goal came in the midst of seven-straight scored by the Seawolves.
Albany’s Christine Johnson and Katherine Sweeney each had quality scoring chances midway through the half. Johnson had a shot whistle just wide and Sweeney had a free position shot saved by Caridi.
Rubino, who broke the Stony Brook career record for draw controls during the game, scored an unassisted goal with 9:48 left, increasing the lead to 4-1.
Mercier scored her second of the game while Van Dyke and Murphy each added their second goals of the game to close out the scoring.
Stony Brook earns the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will find out its fate during the selection show on Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.
Cara Dowdle, New Hampshire
Molly Gaffey, New Hampshire
Jessica Roach, Vermont
Marcie Marino, Vermont
Arianna Parker, Albany
Allie Phelan, Albany
Erin Monna, Albany
Michelle Rubino, Stony Brook
Jessica Romano, Stony Brook
Amber Kupres, Stony Brook
Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook – Most Outstanding Player