No. 15 Stony Brook Scores 9 Unanswered to Down Drexel

PHILADELPHIA - Drexel suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to No. 15 Stony Brook, 16-6. The Dragons hung with the Seawolves for most of the afternoon at Vidas Field, but a 12-minute span to end the first half saw Stony Brook explode for nine unanswered goals, changing the face of what had been a 1-1 defensive struggle for most of the opening period.

The Dragons (2-1) came up short in their attempt to sweep a season-opening three-game homestand. Amanda Norcini and Caroline Thiele each scored twice, adding assists for three points apiece. Alissa Watts and Joelle Hartke added goals for the Dragons. Dorrien Van Dyke scored six times for the Seawolves, while Michelle Rubino added four.

Stony Brook got the scoring started when Rubino weaved inside and scored unassisted just over a minute into the game. Drexel had an immediate response, with Norcini scoring off a feed from Thiele at the 27:39 to even the score.

The teams then settled into a defensive back-and-forth, with neither team scoring for nearly 16 minutes. The Dragons had several opportunities, but could not convert against a Seahawks defense which had already put together a shutout and a one-goal showing on the year.

The Seawolves broke though at the 11:57 mark when Van Dyke took an Alyssa Cardillo feed and took a 2-1 lead. That opened the floodgates, as Stony Brook would go on to score eight more goals before the end of the half, keeping Drexel from getting anything going on the offensive end.

Drexel showed some spark out of the intermission, scoring three of the second half's first four goals. The third of those goals, scored by Watts with 21:22 to play, pulled the Dragons within seven at 11-4.

Any hopes of a Dragon comeback were thwarted when Stony Brook bounced back with five straight goals over a nine-minute span midway through the period. Van Dyke and Rubino each added a pair during the stretch. The Dragons got the game's final two scores, as Hartke and Thiele converted for Drexel to provide the final 16-6 margin.

Drexel will get back to work on Saturday when the Dragons travel to Colgate for their first road trip of 2014. That game will begin at noon.

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Philadelphia, Pa. Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke tallied seven points on six goals and one assist as the No. 15 Stony Brook lacrosse team got back on track with a 16-6 win over Drexel Wednesday afternoon. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino added four goals, and senior goalie Frankie Caridi made seven saves.

Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo dished out four helpers for Stony Brook (3-1). Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy and senior midfielder Emily Mercier each finished with three points.

Carlee Ries recorded six saves in the first loss of the season for Drexel (2-1).

With the score even at 1-1, Cardillo found Van Dyke for a goal at the 11:57 mark of the first half. After an unassisted tally for Rubino about 2:30 later, the duo connected again to put Stony Brook in front, 4-1, with 6:45 remaining in the stanza.

Van Dyke would strike twice more, and Kelly Kuerner and Murphy would score two goals apiece before halftime to cap the 9-0 run that gave the Seawolves a commanding 10-1 advantage at the break.

2014-02-26



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