No. 10/9 WLAX edges Towson, 8-6, behind stellar defense
May 10, 2013
College Park, Md. -- In its first NCAA Tournament game, the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team played sparkling defense and put Towson away late for an 8-6 win Friday night at the Maryland Lacrosse and Field Hockey Complex.
Frankie Caridi made seven stops, while Amber Kupres netted a hat trick and Janine Hillier tallied two goals and one assist as Stony Brook won its 12th straight game and improved to 17-2 on the season.
Kelsea Donnelly stopped eight shots for Towson (10-9).
"I'm tremendously happy for our program. It's a big deal to win a game in the NCAAs, it's a big deal to be in the NCAAs. I'm proud of our kids and the way they played in the second half. Towson is a great team and very well coached. To get a win in the NCAA Tournament is a big deal, and we are excited about the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country."
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
The two squads engaged in a defensive battle in the first half, yielding just two goals apiece.
In the second stanza, Cook netted an unassisted goal less than four minutes into the frame to give Stony Brook the lead, 3-2. Kupres followed with a goal on a feed from Hillier as the Seawolves went up 4-2 with 23:29 to play.
Jackie LaMonica closed the gap to one with a tally from Ashleigh Rohrback, but Hillier and Michelle Rubino scored the next two, both unassisted, to put Stony Brook up three, 6-3, at 15:38.
Towson hung around as Sarah Maloof got a shot by Caridi with 13:56 remaining. Two minutes later, Hillier pushed the lead back to three on a free position shot.
Petersen found Kupres on the doorstep at 8:13, and the sophomore midfielder scored to give the Seawolves a four-goal advantage, 8-4.
Ashley Waldron scored the final two goals of the game for Towson, but the Seawolves defense remained solid to ice the team's first-ever NCAA win.
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Stony Brook will face top-seeded, No. 1/1 Maryland Sunday at noon in College Park, Md. The Seawolves fell to Maryland in a close, 8-3 decision March 17th. They have not lost since.