Stony Brook slams New Hampshire for seventh consecutive victory
VDURHAM, N.H. -- Fueled by 10 combined points by seniors Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier, the No. 10 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team blew past New Hampshire 16-6 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field to match a school record for consecutive victories with seven consecutive wins.
Cook's points came on five goals, while Hillier netted one and dished out four assists. Sophomore Michelle Rubino tallied four goals, and Frankie Caridi stopped eight shots for Stony Brook (12-2, 4-0 AE).
Kathleen O'Keefe made eight saves for UNH (4-9, 1-3 AE).
"It was complete team effort. We played with urgency on both ends of the field. We're starting to get closer to where we want to be at the most important time of the year," head coach Joe Spallina.
Following six minutes of scoreless play, Cook was awarded a free position shot after being fouled by Casey Doyle. She found the back of the cage to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead.
Stony Brook struck again about a minute and a half later, when Hillier found Alyssa Cardillo in front of the net. Cardillo spun past the Wildcats' defense and scored as SBU grabbed a 2-0 advantage.
The Wildcats won the ensuing draw, but an errant pass went into their empty cage for an own goal and a 3-0 lead for Stony Brook.
The Seawolves continued to dominate, as Amber Kupres and Rubino put in goals to give SBU a five-goal cushion at the 20:14 mark of the first half. At 18:07, Hillier found Cook on the doorstep for a tally to push the score to 6-0. Just 45 ticks later, Rubino plowed through traffic and netted a top-shelf goal for a 7-0 SBU lead.
After being fouled by Cori Rees, Cook leaped and placed the ball into the top left corner of the cage on a free-position shot to put Stony Brook ahead by eight with 15:05 until the break.
The onslaught continued, with Emily Mercier tallying back-to-back goals, as SBU took a commanding 10-0 lead at the 12:55 mark of the first half.
The Seawolves were in front 12-2 at the break and stifled the Wildcats on both ends of the field in the second frame for their seventh consecutive win.