Freshmen Shine as #18 Stony Brook Routs Central Connecticut

Stony Brook, N.Y. Freshmen accounted for 16 of No. 18 Stony Brook's 20 goals in a dominating 20-5 win over Central Connecticut Thursday night at LaValle Stadium. Courtney Murphy netted eight goals, the second-most in Seawolves single-game history.

Freshman attacker Alyssa Guido tallied six points on three goals and three helpers, and midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke (4 goals, 1 assist) and Kristin Yevoli (1 goal, 4 assists) finished with five points apiece for Stony Brook (5-2). Van Dyke led the way in the circle with four draw controls.

Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino tallied one goal, four assists and four ground balls.

Morgan Tullar stopped 10 shots for Central Connecticut (2-3).

Coach's Reaction
"We're growing up offensively and spreading the ball around well. We had a lot of assisted goals tonight from several different people. The biggest thing for us is playing quality defense and turning defense into offense, which is something we've done a good job of doing throughout my time here." -- head coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point
Guido opened the scoring at 26:17 of the first half with an unassisted tally and dished to Kupres about two minutes later to give Stony Brook an early 2-0 lead. Emily Mercier wove through traffic and stashed one away with 23:54 on the clock, and Murphy netted back-to-back goals for a 5-0 advantage at the 21:11 mark.

Rubino fed Guido and Murphy for scores as the lead ballooned to 7-0 before CCSU got on the board on a Meagan McCurry free position shot with 16:59 until intermission. The Seawolves closed the half on a 7-1 run, taking a 14-2 lead 17 seconds before halftime when Yevoli found Murphy cutting towards the cage.

The Numbers Game
Eight different Seawolves found the back of the net.

12 of Stony Brook's 20 goals were assisted.

Murphy did her damage on eight shots for an 80 percent shooting percentage.

Sophomore defenders Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz scooped up game highs of five ground balls each.

Junior defender Jenna Agostino, Yevoli and Rubino led the team with two caused turnovers apiece.

Stony Brook held a 14-13 lead in draw controls.

News and Notes
Murphy's eight goals topped former America East Players of the Year Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio, who each had multiple seven-goal games, for second on Stony Brook's single-game ledger. Murphy tallied seven goals in her dazzling debut Feb. 15 vs. Bucknell. Cook holds the mark of nine goals set against Monmouth Feb. 26, 2012.

Rubino moved into 10th in Stony Brook history in career points with 112, bettering Samntha Djaha, who tallied 110 from 2008-11. She also tied Jill Gridley (2003-06) and Jenna Celano (2007-09) for 10th all-time in goals (80).

Rubino passed Cook for third in school history in career draws. Cook controlled 157 draws during her stellar two-year tenure from 2012-13. Rubino now has 159 career draws.

The Seawolves moved to 5-0 all-time against CCSU.

Freshman goalie Kaitlyn Leahy made her first career save.

The win was the 99th in program history for Stony Brook. 36 of those wins have come with Spallina at the helm.

Up Next
Stony Brook goes for its 100th win in program history at Iona Thursday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m.

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