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    Women’s Lacrosse Misses America East Playoffs

    On April 16, the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team played Marist at home in what turned out to be an explosive offensive performance for the Seawolves. The Seawolves tied the school record for most goals in a game in their 22-11 victory.

    Stony Brook started off quickly by jumping out to a 6-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. Elizabeth Montreuil led the attack, scoring two goals during this span. Marist would eventually get on the board with 18:39 left in the first half with a goal from Lindsay Rinefierd. This game was decided early, as 7-2 at 16:58 in the first half was the closest Marist would come. The Seawolves closed out a dominant first half with a convincing 16-5 lead.

    The first ten minutes of the second half all but sealed Marist’s fate as three unanswered goals from Stony Brook would extend the lead to 19-5. The lead would eventually reach fifteen when Abby Juliani scored her first goal of the season for the Seawolves with fourteen minutes remaining. Marist would score seven of the last nine goals during garbage time to make this game appear much closer than it really was.

    The Seawolves received offensive support from many different players, as ten different players recorded a point. Montreuil, Samantha Djaha, and Melissa Cook each scored four goals. Senior Diana Caroleo added three goals and four assists while Mickey Cahill got the victory in net making 10 saves.

    On April 19, the Seawolves traveled upstate to take on their conference rivals the Albany Great Danes. They showed their versatility as they defeated Albany 9-7 in a defensive struggle. The Great Danes opened the scoring by taking an early 2-0 lead with goals from Jodi Battaglia and Kayla Best. The Seawolves countered with a goal from Diana Caroleo, but Albany answered less than a minute and a half later to bring their lead back to two. Stony Brook would again respond, but this time much more definitively by scoring five unanswered goals, including a goal Kaitlin Leggio with just seven seconds remaining in the half to take a 6-3 lead.

    At the start of the second half Best would score again for the Great Danes cutting the lead to 6-4 and Stony Brook would go on another run, scoring three unanswered goals to extend the score to 9-4 with twelve minutes remaining. Best would once again try and bring Albany back, scoring her fourth goal of the game and sparking an offensive burst from the Great Danes. Rory Redmond’s goal on a free position shot then brought Albany to within two with 4:39 remaining, but the Seawolves were able to stop the bleeding and hold on for a 9-7 victory.

    Melissa Cook led the Seawolves with three goals and an assist while Amy Hallion added two goals of her own. Mickey Cahill played the entire game in net as the Seawolves went away from their recent goalie rotation. Cahill made six second half saves and eleven overall to pick get the win for the Seawolves.

    On April 22, the Seawolves took on Hofstra in their season finale at LaValle Stadium. On what was dubbed Senior Day in Stony Brook, the Seawolves said goodbye to seniors Diana Caroleo, Kristen Dupuis, Katelin Billups, Brooke Souder, Elizabeth Montreuil, and Lauren Drepanis. The seniors were sent out in style, as the Seawolves picked up its first ever victory against Hofstra, defeating the Pride 14-10.

    To start the game, Stony Brook and Hofstra alternated scoring goals as the game reached an early 2-2 stalemate. However, the Seawolves would take over by building a 5-2 lead with two goals from Samantha Djaha and one from Montreuil. While Hofstra would answer with two goals of their own, Stony Brook scored three of the last four goals of the half to take an 8-5 lead into the locker room.

    At 1:16 into the second half, Djaha scored her fourth goal of the game to extend the Seawolves lead to 9-5. The Pride would respond with four unanswered goals to tie the game at nine with 22:44 remaining. Stony Brook would not be rattled, with senior Diana Caroleo scoring two goals as the Seawolves took the lead for good. Hofstra only get as close as 12-10 before Montreuil and Melissa Cook iced it with a goal each to close it out at 14-10.

    In her final game, Caroleo added two assists to her two clutch goals for the Seawolves, while fellow senior Montreuil had two goals and an assist. Caroleo finished off her impressive senior campaign with thirty nine goals for the Seawolves. Djaha scored four goals, finishing her freshman season with twenty six goals. Kaitlin Leggio had four points, adding a goal and three assists to end the season with thirty one goals. Mickey Cahill once again got the win, making six saves.

    Despite a four game winning streak to end the regular season, the Seawolves will be sitting at home while the America East Tournament takes place this coming weekend. The Seawolves had simply dug themselves a hole too deep by losing four out of five between March 22nd and April 9th. While the seniors will be missed, this season’s contributions from younger players show a bright future for Stony Brook’s women’s lacrosse team.

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