No. 2 Syracuse Handles Stony Brook in NCAA Second Round

Syracuse, N.Y. The No. 20 Stony Brook lacrosse team saw another outstanding season come to a close in a 13-6 loss at No. 2 Syracuse on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy struck a game-high four times to bring her astounding, freshman-record goal total to 61, the third-highest in single-season school history.

Starting three freshmen all year having lost 59.7 percent of its goal scoring from 2013 to graduation, Stony Brook (17-4) won an America East championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAAs for the second consecutive season. The Seawolves' 17 wins tied last year's school record.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made a game-high four saves in her finale. Arguably the top goalie in the country, Caridi graduates as hands-down the greatest netminder in program history. She leaves with Stony Brook records for career goals-against average (5.91), save percentage (.514) and wins (41). The nation's leader in goals-against average (GAA) and save percentage for the second straight year, Caridi's 2014 GAA of 5.17 ranks fifth in NCAA single-season history.

The Stony Brook defense, which will return three of four starters in 2015, is poised to top its own single-season Division I mark for lowest scoring defense. SBU surrendered 5.31 goals per game this season compared to 5.65 in 2013.

Syracuse improved to 19-2 on the season. Senior Alyssa Murray tied Murphy for the game high in goals with four, each of which came in the first 10 minutes of play.

Seawolves' head coach Joe Spallina said, "Syracuse is an outstanding team. They were extremely skilled and athletic. I was disappointed with the way we came out and played early in the game. We showed our youth, but I love the way we showed fight. We didn't quit. We battled until the end. This is such a young team, and this kind of playoff experience will be invaluable. I'm very proud of our young group and our emerging program. Our seniors are a huge part of our success and putting this program on the map. They'll forever be missed but always be a part of our success."

Turning Point
Alyssa Murray gave Syracuse a 4-0 lead by converting a shot from the 8-meter for her fourth goal of the day at 21:24 of the first half.

Amber Kupres got SBU within 4-1 when she drilled a shot on a feed from Alyssa Cardillo with 18:44 on the clock.

Caridi denied a Katie Webster free position at 15:14, but Bridget Daley came away with the ground ball and scored three ticks later to spark a 5-0 SU run over the next 9:26 that put the Orange up, 9-1.

Despite trailing 10-2 at half, the Seawolves never gave up. They outscored Syracuse, 4-3, in the second stanza with all four goals coming courtesy of Murphy, and the defense held second-seeded 'Cuse scoreless over the final 18:13.

The Numbers Game
Cardillo dished out three assists.

Freshman Kristin Yevoli scored one goal as rookies accounted for five of the Seawolves' six tallies.

Syracuse outshot Stony Brook, 22-9.

Murphy's four goals came on five shots.

The Orange held a 14-5 advantage in draw controls, but Stony Brook owned a 4-3 edge in the second half. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino controlled a team-high two draws.

News and Notes
Seniors Cardillo, Jessica Romano and Emily Mercier will graduate with Caridi.

Cardillo and Romano leave as the program's all-time leaders in games played with 73 apiece. A three-year captain, Romano has been a pivotal part of Stony Brook's record-setting, stifling defensive unit.

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2014-05-11



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