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Goals from 12 different players helps No. 15/16 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse cruise past William & Mary

Attacker Kailyn Hart takes a shot against Rutgers on Tuesday, April 9. Hart led the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team with five goals in its win against William & Mary on Thursday. BRITTNEY DIETZ/THE STATESMAN

The No. 15/16 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to seven games after another blowout victory over a Coastal Athletic Association (CAA) opponent.

On Thursday night, the Seawolves (12-2, 6-0 CAA) were in Virginia to take on the William & Mary Tribe (4-10, 0-5 CAA) with hopes of keeping their conference dominance intact. Led by attacker Kailyn Hart, Stony Brook smoothly powered through the Tribe in a landslide 21-8 win.

The two sides traded blows to start the game, as the score was tied up at 2-2 within the first four minutes. However, following William & Mary attacker Ainsley Huizenga’s goal that evened things up, the Seawolves went on a 5-0 run to end the first period.

With 8:49 remaining in the first period, attacker Alex Finn drove the net, spun around a defender and scored after switching hands. Just over four minutes later, Hart worked her way to the net and beat William & Mary goalkeeper Marin Wilhelm with a shot while being cross-checked in the process.

With a shade over two minutes to go, midfielder Charlotte Verhulst earned a free-position attempt. Rather than taking a shot, she fed Hart in front of the net, who found the back of the net while a man-up for her second goal of the quarter.

Midfielder Alexandra Fusco capped off a nice passing play with 1:10 remaining and midfielder Jaden Hampel netted a free-position goal within the final minute to give her team a 7-2 lead.

The Tribe were unable to change the course of play in the second frame, as midfielder Ellie Masera scored just 21 seconds in and under three minutes later, Finn found the back of the net to make it 9-2.

At the five-minute mark of the second period, Wilhelm was pulled from the game in favor of goalkeeper Josie Sinwell in a last-ditch effort to stop Stony Brook’s explosive offensive attack. However, she did not fare well either, as the Seawolves went on to score another five goals in the half to make it 12 unanswered overall.

William & Mary was completely stymied in the second quarter, as it attempted just two shots.

After both teams were held scoreless during the first three and a half minutes of the second half, midfielder Paige Gilbert finally broke Stony Brook’s 12-0 run by scoring the Tribe’s first goal since the 4:40 mark of the first quarter.

Within the next six minutes, midfielder Kate Draddy made it two unanswered goals for her team, but William & Mary’s efforts were quickly erased. During the final four minutes of the third period, Hart netted her fourth and fifth goals of the game and attackers Jolie Creo and Courtney Maclay also buried goals to make it 18-4.

The Tribe’s climb up the comeback mountain was far too steep heading into the fourth quarter. Though it outscored the Seawolves 4-3 in the frame, the game was over long before it became a 21-8 final.

Everyone got in on the scoring for Stony Brook on Thursday, as 12 different players were able to connect with the back of the net.

Following the win, head coach Joe Spallina highlighted this accomplishment and the wonders it does for his team.

“Nice road win for our team,” Spallina said in a postgame interview with Stony Brook Athletics. “We played a complete game. Having 12 different goalscorers and the chance to play our roster is priceless this time of the year. Our team is fired up to head to Philadelphia to play Drexel on Sunday.”

It was yet another dominant performance for Hart, who led the team in goalscoring by racking up five goals. Masera and Finn each notched a hat trick. Masera also dished out three assists, while Finn gave out a pair. Verhulst led the team with four assists.

Hampel scored twice and recorded an assist, while fellow midfielder Isabella Caporuscio netted a goal and tallied a helper.

Maclay, Creo, Fusco, attackers Morgan Mitchell and Casey Colbert and midfielders Kira Accettella and Cassidy Millen all scored one goal apiece. Attackers Haydin Eisfeld and Francesca Tortora each registered an assist.

Gilbert and midfielder Charlotte Troy led William & Mary with two goals apiece.

Along with her offensive output, Caporuscio picked up a team-leading three ground balls in the game. Defender Avery Hines led the squad with two caused turnovers.

In net, goalkeeper Emily Manning played the first half of the game, allowing two goals and making two saves. Goalkeeper Francesca Viteritti allowed two goals on three shots, while goalkeeper Natalia Altebrando allowed four goals on five shots.

Though Wilhelm was initially pulled, she returned to the crease after Sinwell struggled just as much. Overall, Wilhelm allowed 13 goals and turned away nine shots. Sinwell surrendered eight goals and made five saves.

The Seawolves played well at both ends, as they turned the ball over just eight times compared to the William & Mary’s 19. Stony Brook scooped up 22 ground balls compared to the Tribe’s nine and it won the draw control battle 18-12.

The Seawolves outshot William & Mary 45-13 and 35-12 on goal.

Stony Brook will now travel to Philadelphia to set its sights on the Drexel Dragons for another conference game. The Dragons are 9-3 overall this season and 4-0 in CAA play, which places them just behind the Seawolves for first place in the standings. Drexel will play Towson on Friday before facing Stony Brook on Sunday. Opening draw is set for noon.

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