Freshmen shine, but No. 12/14 #Seawolves' rally falls short at No. 15/15 Notre Dame

Van Dyke led the Seawolves with three goals at Notre Dame
 
Van Dyke led the Seawolves with three goals at Notre Dame
 
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Feb. 22, 2014

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South Bend, Ind. – The No. 12/14 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team rallied from a 7-2 second-half deficit to pull to within one but came up short, 8-7, Saturday night at Lotfus Sports Center. Freshmen accounted for five of the #Seawolves’ goals, with midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke netting a hat trick and attacker Courtney Murphy scoring twice.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi stopped a career-high 11 shots for Stony Brook (2-1).  

Allie Murray made five saves for Notre Dame (2-1).

Coach’s Reaction

“I am proud of our effort and energy. We played incredible defense, but in the end turned the ball over too many times in between the 30s to beat such a good team.”

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

The Irish staked a 7-2 lead 45 ticks into the second half when Cortney Fortunato found Rachel Sexton for a goal, but back-to-back tallies by Van Dyke cut the deficit to three, 7-4, with 24:53 on the clock.

Fortunato struck at 20:55 to put Notre Dame’s lead at four, 8-4. However, Murphy answered with a free position goal a little over two minutes later, and Van Dyke made it a two-score game, 8-6, with a tally at the 17:39 mark. 

The two sides then engaged in a defensive battle, with neither scoring for the nearly 16 minutes until Alyssa Cardillo beat Murray low on a free position shot with 1:41 remaining to pull Stony Brook to within one, 8-7.

Fortunato controlled the ensuing draw, and the Irish began to stall to secure the win.  

The Numbers Game

  • Junior midfielder Amber Kupres scored for the Seawolves, and Cardillo finished with one goal and one assist.
  • The Irish held an 11-6 advantage in the circle, but freshman Kristin Yevoli led Stony Brook for the third consecutive game with three draw controls.
  • Notre Dame outshot Stony Brook, 25-17.
  • UND committed 38 fouls and 15 turnovers, while Stony Brook finished with 33 fouls and 18 turnovers.

 News and Notes

  • Freshmen have scored 25 of Stony Brook’s 38 goals this season.
  • This was the first meeting between the two teams.
  • The game was originally scheduled for noon at Ariotta Field but got pushed back and moved indoors due to field conditions.
  • First-year assistant coach Jill Byers was arguably the best women's lacrosse player to suit up for the Fighting Irish. The 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist was a four-time All-American and graduated as the all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154). She spent last year on the sidelines for her alma mater as an assistant coach.

Up Next

Stony Brook will be on the road once again on Wednesday when it visits Drexel. First draw is slated for 3 p.m. The Seawolves host No. 7/5 Florida Saturday, March 1st at 1 p.m.