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Stony Brook women’s lacrosse pounded by #1 Maryland

In the final non-conference game before the start of America East play, Stony Brook’s women’s lacrosse team suffered a 19-5 drubbing at the hands of the #1 ranked Maryland Terrapins on Tuesday afternoon.

“End-line to end-line, they have really strong players,” said head coach Allison Comito. “We played them for a learning experience, it’s a very valuable experience.”

After Stony Brook controlled possession in the opening minutes, Maryland’s offense quickly stuck, with Karri Ellen Johnson (3), Sarah Mollison (2), Brandi Jones and Sam Barber scoring seven unanswered goals in a span of 4:48. Stony Brook failed to advance into the offensive end during this period.

After the Seawolves finally re-established offensive control, Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.) broke the drought and scored her 12th goal of the season to put Stony Brook on the board.

Less than three minutes later, however, Maryland went on another run, scoring another four goals to make the score 11-1. Stony Brook’s Kaitlyn Harrison (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored her fourth of the season to end this run.

After Harrison’s goal, the game’s scoring stopped for five minutes. Maryland then scored two goals in the span of a minute to make it 13-2.

Stony Brook’s Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.) scored Stony Brook’s third goal off of a free shot with 3:45 left in the half. With 2:14 left, Maryland’s Jones scored again to make the score 14-3.

The second half saw the game’s pace quicken, with the referees only calling six total fouls during the half along with Maryland calming down their attack.

Maryland continued to control possession, holding the Seawolves off the scoreboard for the majority of the half while adding five more goals to its total.

Stony Brook’s scoring in the second half was rounded out by Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) and Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.), who scored with 10 seconds left in the game.

Comito, who was a star player for Maryland during her playing days, finishing fourth in goals scored in the school’s history, spoke after the game about playing against her alma mater.

“I think this is the only time I’ll ever cheer against the Terps, to tell you the truth,” joked Comito. “I was excited that we had the opportunity to play them.”

Stony Brook will begin conference play on Sunday, traveling to Burlington to take on Vermont.

“We take it game by game, and chip away to earn our spot into the conference,” Comito said. “I think that anyone who makes it into the tournament has a chance to win the title.”

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