No. 10 Stony Brook Edges Towson Behind Stellar Defense

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Stony Brook used a 4-1 run at the start of the second half to take a lead it would not relinquish en route to an 8-6 win over Towson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I led a great team this season and I'm proud that they fought hard and never gave up,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “Our defense did a stellar job tonight and Kelsea Donnelly made some great saves for us. We just didn't finish some opportunities on offense.”

Stony Brook (17-2) jumped out to an early lead with a pair of goals in the game's first four minutes. Demmianne Cook and Amber Kupres gave the Seawolves a 2-0 lead with 26:05 to play in the half.

The Tigers held the ball for long stretches on the offensive end of the field before breaking onto the scoreboard at 16:47. Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored her 26th goal of the season off a pass from senior midfielder Ashley Waldron.

Towson (10-9) tied the game with 13:40 to play in the half on graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica's goal. Redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had the assist on LaMonica's goal, which gave her 31 assists for the season and was the 100th point of her career.

Donnelly and Stony Brook goalkeeper Frankie Caridi made some big stops in the final 13 minutes of the half and the two teams headed into the intermission tied at 2-2.

Both teams took 10 shots in the first half while the Tigers controlled four of five draw controls.

Stony Brook opened the second half with the hot hand on offense. The Seawolves scored four of the first five goals in the half and took a 6-3 lead with 15:38 to play. Cook and Kupres each scored their second goal of the game during that stretch.

Sophomore attacker Sarah Maloof pulled the Tigers to within two, 6-4 with a goal at 13:56. However, Stony Brook answered with a pair of goals and took an 8-4 lead with 8:13 remaining in the game.

The Tigers scored the final two goals of the game as Waldron had a free position goal at 4:53 and an unassisted tally at 1:14. Waldron's second goal gave her 100 points for her career.

Stony Brook won the draw following Waldron's second goal and ran out the clock to claim the victory.

Caridi made seven saves to earn the win in goal for Stony Brook. Donnelly made eight saves, including five in the second half for the Tigers.

Stony Brook outshot the Tigers 11-8 in the second half and finished the game with a 21-18 advantage in shots. The Seawolves won six of 11 draw controls in the second half. The Tigers finished the game with a 9-7 edge in total draw controls.

The Tigers, who captured their second straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title, lose Kelly Custer, Alexa Demski, Katie DeFilippo, Waldron, Laura Zinkand, Olivia Turner, Sarah Hogan and LaMonica to graduation. However, the Tigers will return their top two scorers next season, including Rohrback who was the CAA Co-Player of the Year.

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