Stony Brook Wins 5th-Straight #AEWLAX Title
STONY BROOK , N.Y. – For the fifth-straight season, Stony Brook is the America East women's lacrosse champion. Tewaraaton Award candidate and America East Offensive Player of the Year, Kylie Ohlmiller, tallied seven points on six goals and one assist to lead the top-seeded Seawolves to a 14-12 win over second-seeded Albany on Sunday at Stony Brook's Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
The Seawolves, who advance to the NCAA tournament for fifth-straight year, will learn their NCAA draw during the selection show on Sunday night at 9 p.m. on NCAA.com. Stony Brook has won three NCAA games in the last four years.
Ohlmiller earned the Most Outstanding Player honors after totaling 15 points on seven goals and eight assists, an America East Championship record, in the two games.
Stony Brook came out strong out of the gate and jumped ahead of the Great Danes, scoring the first six goals of the contest including three from Ohlmiller.
Albany climbed back into the contest by scoring four of the final five goals of the half to make it, 7-4. First-team all-conference selection Dakotah Savitcheff had three of the tallies for the Great Danes.
The Great Danes also scored the first goal coming out of halftime when Kenzie Neal converted a free position shot to get Albany within 7-5.
Stony Brook proceeded to score the next five goals to extend the lead to 12-5, their biggest of the game, with 20:15 remaining. The five goals came from five different goal scorers.
After the two teams traded tallies, Albany clawed their way back into the contest by scoring six of the next seven, including four-straight. Neal and Sarah Martin had a pair of goals each during the run that brought Albany within 14-12 with 1:36 left.
Albany won the ensuing draw and had the ball down just two. But Carolyn Carrera, who was named to the All-Championship Team, caused a turnover and goalkeeper Anna Tesoriero picked up the ground ball with 56 seconds left to seal the game.
Carrera and Ohlmiller were joined on the All-Championship team by teammates Dorrien Van Dyke and Ashley Gomes, Albany's Martin, Sierra McIver and Savitcheff, New Hampshire's Hope Kissick and Marissa Gurello and UMBC's Ashley Peacock and Carolyn Jamison.
Stony Brook's Samantha DiSalvo earned the conference's Elite 17 Award for women's lacrosse by having the highest GPA among participating student-athletes in the championship game. The senior carries a 3.99 GPA in biology.