Last Second Goal Lifts Stony Brook Past Vermont

Stony Brook, N.Y. (April 3, 2010) Junior Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored on a free-position attempt with two seconds remaining in regulation to send the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to an 11-10 win over America East rival Vermont on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.

The Seawolves' 11-10 advantage was only their second lead of the day. Junior Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.) also tallied three goals and added an assist for Stony Brook (3-8, 1-1). Megan Macdonald and Samantha Stern each scored three goals for Vermont (2-7, 0-2) as they were named America East Co-Players of the Game.

After junior Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made a point-blank save on a shot from Stern, the Seawolves cleared the ball successfully. With less than 15 seconds left, Cook called for a clear-out and was fouled inside the box, trying to drive past her defender. The goal was Cook's team-leading 24th of the season as she was named America East Player of the Game. All three of her goals were on free-position shots.

Trailing throughout most of the first half, sophomore Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.), who finished the game with two assists, scored with 21 seconds left to get Stony Brook within one, 6-5. Stony Brook's five goals came on just nine shots. Djaha's goal 1:28 into the second half tied the game for the first time since 3-3.

Vermont answered with a pair of goals just 28 seconds to re-gain a two-goal lead. It went on to score just two goals in the final 23:46 of game action. Goals from Djaha and Bertolone tied the game at eight. Stern, who added a team-best four ground balls, made it 9-8 with 5:34 remaining.

Stony Brook didn't take its first lead of the day until Djaha's goal at 3:26 of the second half made it 10-9. Vermont's Natalie Jones tied the game at 10.

Cahill saved two free-position shots and finished the game with 12 saves.

The Seawolves return to action on Wednesday, April 7 when they travel to face New York rival Albany at 4:00 pm.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Melissa Cook scored on an 8m shot with two seconds left to lift the Stony Brook Seawolves past visiting Vermont, 11-10, in an America East women's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon. Stony Brook picks up its first league win to move to 1-1 in America East action and 3-8 overall. Vermont falls to 2-7 on the year and 0-2 in league play.

Vermont held a 6-4 lead with 1:48 remaining in the first half and took a one-goal advantage into halftime. The Catamounts pushed their lead back to two, 8-6, with 23:46 left in the game, behind back-to-back goals from Natalie Jones (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) and Megan MacDonald (Wayland, Mass.).

The Seawolves rallied scoring four of the next five goals to take a 10-9 advantage with 3:26 remaining. Jones scored her second goal of the game with 2:28 left to pull UVM even at 10-10, but Cook was awarded a free position shot with two seconds left and was able to convert to lift Stony Brook to the victory.

MacDonald and Samantha Stern (Cherry Hill, N.J.) led Vermont in scoring with three goals each. Laura Barber (Middlebury, Vt.) was credited with six saves for Vermont. Cook and Samantha Djaha each recorded a hat trick for the Seawolves and Mickey Cahill made 12 stops in net.

The Catamounts out shot Stony Brook 29-24, but Stony Brook went 5 for 10 in 8m shots, while the Catamounts were 0 for 3.

Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (April 7) when it travels to UMBC for a 1:00 p.m. America East Conference game.


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