Murphy Nets Six as Seawolves Top UNH in AEast Semifinals

Stony Brook, N.Y. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy struck six times to lead the top-seeded No. 20 Stony Brook lacrosse team to a 13-5 win over New Hampshire in the America East semifinals Friday evening at LaValle Stadium. The #Seawolves are headed to their third title game in three years under head coach Joe Spallina.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made six saves as Stony Brook (15-3) held an opponent to five goals or fewer for the 12th time in 18 games. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke scored two goals apiece.

Laura Puccia stopped eight shots for New Hamsphire (7-10).

A Laura McHoul goal at 21:28 of the first half put the Seawolves in a 1-0 hole. Both offenses struggled to find footing thereafter, and Spallina asked for time with 13:45 remaining in the first half. Kristin Yevoli got Stony Brook on the board at the 12:21 mark to start a 3-0 run over the next 2:10.

Laura Puccia broke up the spurt with a goal at 8:17, but Van Dyke and Murphy stashed away unassisted tallies in the final two minutes of the opening stanza for a 5-2 halftime lead.

McHoul brought UNH within two, 5-3, with 24:18 remaining in the game. However, that is as close as the Wildcats would get as Stony Brook closed the game on an 8-2 run that included each of the game's final four goals.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded four points including a game-high three assists, but New Hampshire was defeated 13-5 by Stony Brook in Friday evening's America East semifinal game at LaValle Stadium.

UNH, the tournament's fourth seed by virtue of a 2-3 America East ledger, ends the 2014 season with a 7-10 overall record. SBU, the top seed and tourney host after going 4-1 in conference play, improved to 15-3 and advanced to Sunday's title tilt.

McHoul extended her UNH single-season assist record to 39 and also scored a goal to finish the season with 60 points' the last Wildcat to reach that milestone was Sarah Von Bargen (71p) in 2009. Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) extended her goal streak to 13 games and season total to 41 with two goals. Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) was credited with eight saves. Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H.) finished with a game-high six ground balls as well as one draw control and one caused turnover.

Courtney Murphy (six goals) and Michelle Rubino (two goals, one assist) were two of five Seawolves with multiple points. Frankie Caridi made six saves.

UNH, which employed a spread attack to slow the pace of the game and force the SBU defenders to chase the ball, took a 1-0 lead at 21:28. Brooke McGillis (Berwyn, Pa.), from 20 yards on the top-right side, fed a pass to McHoul cutting down the middle and she fired a high shot into the cage.

McHoul, this time from behind the net, found Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) cutting down the right wing but she was denied from close range by Caridi at 17:10.

Stony Brook called time out at 13:45 and scored three goals in a span of 2:10 to quickly turn a one-goal deficit into a 3-1 lead. Kristin Yevoli leveled the score at 12:21, then Murphy dodged down the middle of the fan and potted a goal at 11:15 on a low shot inside the right post to give the home team a lead it would not relinquish. Alyssa Cardillo, from behind the net, found Emily Mercier alone in the middle of the fan for a 3-1 advantage at 10:11.

Hurwitz made one of her three first-half saves when she denied Murphy at the left doorstep, and that led to a UNH goal at the other end of the field that trimmed the deficit to 3-2 at 8:17. Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.) moved behind the net from left to right and slipped a pass in front to Puccia, who was cutting the opposite direction and rifled a shot into the upper-right corner.

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