Balanced Effort Lifts No. 17 Stony Brook to Victory over UNH

Stony Brook, N.Y. The No. 17 Stony Brook lacrosse team beat New Hampshire, 15-5, to lock up the top seed for the America East Championship and a share of the regular-season title for the second consecutive year. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo posted a game-high eight points on one goal and a personal-best seven assists.

Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke tallied seven points on three goals and four helpers for Stony Brook (13-2, 4-0 America East). Freshman Courtney Murphy struck six times to bring her 2014 total to 47 goals, breaking Kaitlin Leggio's single-season freshman record of 46 goals set in 2006.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made eight stops between the pipes as the Seawolves extended their winning streak to 10 consecutive games.

Laura McHoul dished out three assists for New Hampshire (7-8, 2-2 America East).

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded a season-high five assists and her 100th career point, but New Hampshire was defeated 15-5 by 17th-ranked Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

UNH, which entered the game on a two-game win streak, is now 7-8 overall and 2-2 in America East. SBU extended its win streak to 10 games and improved to 13-2 overall as well as 4-0 in America East to clinch the conference regular-season title.

McHoul, who entered the game with 97 career points, recorded her 100th career point with her third assist of the game, which was at 6:26 of the first half. She now has 36 goals and 66 assists for 102 points. McHoul increased her season assist total to 33 to tie last year's mark at No. 2 on the program's single-season list, and her 66 career assists ranks fifth in UNH history.

Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) netted UNH's other goal. Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) finished with six saves and Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) tallied a team-high four ground balls.

SBU was led offensively by Alyssa Cardillo (1g, 7a), Dorrien Van Dyke (3g, 4a), Courtney Murphy (6g) and Kristin Yevoli (3g). Frankie Caridi made eight saves in 58:49 of action. Kaitlyn Leahy did not face a shot the final 1:11.

Stony Brook scored three goals in a 38-second span to quickly build a 3-0 lead and spark a 9-0 run. Murphy opened the game scoring at 28:42, then Van Dyke and Yevoli struck 14 seconds apart at 28:18 and 28:04, respectively.

Murphy's second goal of the game made it 4-0 at 25:35 and Yevoli netted her second of the day to extend the advantage to 5-0 at 23:45.

At the other end of the field, Puccia cut across the fan to her right before firing a shot on goal stopped by Caridi at 22:45.

Van Dyke, who set up the Seawolves' fourth goal, helped give the home team a six-goal lead when her pass was converted into a goal by Amber Kupres at 22:32.

UNH called time out, but that did little to slow SBU's attack, which scored goals 14 seconds apart by Michelle Rubino at 20:45 and Van Dyke at 20:31.

Caridi kept the 'Cats scoreless when she denied Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.), who fired a low free-position shot from the top of the fan toward the left post at 19:15. Van Dyke scored her third goal of the game to push the margin to 9-0 at 17:18.

New Hampshire shut out the Seawolves the rest of the first half however, to claw within 9-3. Puccia struck first for the Wildcats at 9:47 when she one-timed McHoul's pass from deep behind the net high into the cage. McHoul, once again set up behind the goal, found Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) slashing through the left side of the fan and she ripped a shot inside the near post to trim the deficit to 9-2 at 7:24.

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