No. 15 Stony Brook's Defense Shuts Down Jacksonville

Stony Brook, N.Y. The No. 15 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team held the nation's eighth-ranked scoring offense to without a goal until the 2:23 mark of the second half in a 13-2 triumph over Jacksonville Friday night at LaValle Stadium. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi recorded seven saves, and freshman attacker Alyssa Guido tallied game highs of six points and five assists.

Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy led all goal scorers with four goals, and senior midfielder Michelle Rubino recorded a hat trick and two helpers for Stony Brook (9-2).

Asia Moore made 12 saves as Jacksonville, a 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier, dropped to 7-5 on the season. The Dolphins contest the game averaging 15.09 goals per game.

Guido got things started when she drilled a shot into the back of the net on a feed from Rubino at 27:46 of the first half. Guido dished to Murphy in front for the next two goals as Stony Brook grabbed a 3-0 lead at 20:08. Back-to-back strikes from Rubino stretched the advantage to 5-0 with 17:09 until halftime. Guido found Murphy once more, and Rubino recorded an unassisted tally for a 7-0 halftime lead.

Stony Brook scored the first six goals of the second half before Jacksonville broke through in the closing minutes against the nation's top scoring defense.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - On Friday evening, LaValle Stadium watched two great women's lacrosse programs as they met for the first time and wondered who would be victorious - Stony Brook's stellar defense or Jacksonville's stellar offense? In the end, the No. 15 Seawolves came out on top.

A pair of three-goal attacks from Courtney Murphy and Michelle Rubino provided SBU with a 7-0 cushion at the break and the team continued to pad its lead in the latter 30 minutes to end the affair with a final score of 13-2.

Goalie Asia Moore (Apex, N.C.) recorded 12 saves on the evening while the Dolphin's up-and-coming freshmen Ali Brennan (Columbia, Md.) and Rachel Aus (Annapolis, Md.) sent in the two JU goals.

JU netted each of their goals in the closing minutes of the contest. Capitalizing on a Seawolf foul, Aus stamped in a free-position goal, her fourth score of the season, with 2:23 remaining. Brennan then followed suit with her seventh goal on an assist from Brittney Orashen (Lebanon, N. J.).

Despite the loss, the Dolphins had plenty to be proud of and Head Coach Mindy McCord boasted on how well the Dolphins controlled the draw and most clears. JU edged Stony Brook 11-6 in the draw and was nearly perfect in clear attempts with a success rate of 15 of 16.

A vital component to the Dolphin's transition defense, Chelsea Watts (West Long Branch, N. J.) also had a career-game with five draws, four ground balls and a caused turnover.

Jacksonville will have a day to regroup before they dip back into conference action on Sunday, April 6 for a noon draw at Detroit.

2014-04-04



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