Women’s Lacrosse Falls in America East Opener to No. 17/16 Stony Brook
BALTIMORE – UMBC women's lacrosse dropped its first contest in its last four games, falling, 12-1, to No. 17/16 Stony Brook in its America East opener on Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.
SBU improves to 8-2 on the year, while the Retrievers fall to an even 5-5.
The Retrievers surrendered the slight, 6-3, advantage in draw controls in the opening half, but turned the ball over 10 times to help the Seawolves take 12 shots to UMBC's three. Stony Brook scored a pair of goals in the opening six minutes of play, coming from Courtney Murphy and Kristin Yevoli.
Stony Brook coupled three goals together in a 3:42 span to take a 5-0 advantage with 10:50 to go in the opening half. The Seawolves added four scores in the final 10 minutes of the period to take a 9-0 advantage at the break.
The reigning America East Rookie of the Week, Dorrien Van Dyke, scored the first two goals of the second half for Stony Brook. Van Dyke was one of three Stony Brook players to score a hat trick on the afternoon, joined by Amber Kupres and Yevoli.
UMBC freshman Amber Kovalick (Davidsonville, Md./South River) scored her fifth goal of the season on a pass from sophomore Rachel Benzing (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), to get the Retrievers on the board with 9:20 left in the contest to bring the contest to 11-1.
Stony Brook got one more score with 7:24 left to go, this one coming from Alyssa Cardillo.
UMBC freshman goalkeeper Kelly Gielner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) earned her second start of the season, making four saves and picking up four ground balls. SBU finished with 18 shots against the freshman and connected on one-of-two free position shots. Stony Brook goalkeeper Frankie Caridi made three stops on six UMBC shots.
Senior Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron) and junior Lexi Bristow (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) each finished the afternoon with three ground balls, with Bilney forcing a pair of SBU turnovers.
UMBC returns home for AEC action on Saturday, April 5 when it hosts New Hampshire for a noon contest at the UMBC Stadium.