Women's Lacrosse Unable to Overcome First Half Struggles Against No. 12/11 Stony Brook
BALTIMORE- The 12th-ranked Stony Brook Seawolves burst out to an 8-1 lead and held off a UMBC second-half rally to prevail over the Retrievers, 15-9, in an America East Conference match-up at UMBC Stadium.
Both teams came into the contest at 2-0 in America East. Stony Brook extended its winning streak to six straight and remained perfect at 3-0 in the league and 11-2 overall, while UMBC slipped to 8-4, 2-1.
UMBC was paced by junior attacker Shannon Harkey (Purcellville, Va./Loudon Valley/Florida), who tied her career high with three goals and a pair of assists. Sophomore attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) was the other Retriever to score multiple times as she added a pair of goals.
Stony Brook was led by senior attacker Janine Hillier, who scored four goals and added an assist, while senior midfielder Demmianne Cook recorded three goals and a pair of helpers.
Cook won the opening draw of the game, drove the lane and fed Hillier for an SBU goal just nine seconds into the contest. The Seawolves scored their second goal 49 seconds in before Retriever junior defender Devan Hibbs (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) scored her first collegiate goal on a free position 3:31 into the contest.
But then Stony Brook went on a 6-0 run over a span of 16 minutes to lead 8-1 on Cook’s 60th goal of the season with 10:09 to play in the first half.
UMBC cut the deficit to 9-3 at the break, but Hillier scored twice as the visitors moved out in front, 12-4 with 20:14 remaining.
Twenty-two seconds later, UMBC sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones (Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State) started the Retriever rally, converting a feed from junior middie Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron). Harkey and Wilson tallied twice in a 5-2 UMBC run which trimmed the deficit back to 14-9 with plenty of time (8:10) remaining.
But the Retrievers lost the ensuing draw and SBU closed the scoring on a goal with 5:45 remaining.
Stony Brook had a slight edge in shots, 23-22 and draw controls were even at 13 apiece.
UMBC senior goalkeeper Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor) had six saves for the hosts, while SBU junior netminder Frankie Caridi tallied six for the visitors.
Entering the game, Stony Brook led the nation in team defense, allowing only 4.8 goals per game.
The Retrievers travel to Albany for another league contest on Sat., April 13.