STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Laura McHoul (Westwood, Mass.) recorded a season-high five assists and her 100th career point, but the University of New Hampshire women's lacrosse team was defeated 15-5 by 17th-ranked Stony Brook University at LaValle Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
UNH, which entered the game on a two-game win streak, is now 7-8 overall and 2-2 in America East. SBU extended its win streak to 10 games and improved to 13-2 overall as well as 4-0 in America East to clinch the conference regular-season title.
McHoul, who entered the game with 97 career points, recorded her 100th career point with her third assist of the game, which was at 6:26 of the first half. She now has 36 goals and 66 assists for 102 points. McHoul increased her season assist total to 33 to tie last year's mark at No. 2 on the program's single-season list, and her 66 career assists ranks fifth in UNH history.
Laura Puccia (Fairport, N.Y.) and Marissa Gurello (Manorville, N.Y.) scored two goals apiece and Nicole Grote (Ellicott City, Md.) netted UNH's other goal. Taylor Hurwitz (Holland, Pa.) finished with six saves and Cori Rees (East Hampstead, N.H.) tallied a team-high four ground balls.
SBU was led offensively by Alyssa Cardillo (1g, 7a), Dorrien Van Dyke (3g, 4a), Courtney Murphy (6g) and Kristin Yevoli (3g). Frankie Caridi made eight saves in 58:49 of action. Kaitlyn Leahy did not face a shot the final 1:11.
Stony Brook scored three goals in a 38-second span to quickly build a 3-0 lead and spark a 9-0 run. Murphy opened the game scoring at 28:42, then Van Dyke and Yevoli struck 14 seconds apart at 28:18 and 28:04, respectively.
Murphy's second goal of the game made it 4-0 at 25:35 and Yevoli netted her second of the day to extend the advantage to 5-0 at 23:45.
At the other end of the field, Puccia cut across the fan to her right before firing a shot on goal stopped by Caridi at 22:45.
Van Dyke, who set up the Seawolves' fourth goal, helped give the home team a six-goal lead when her pass was converted into a goal by Amber Kupres at 22:32.
UNH called time out, but that did little to slow SBU's attack, which scored goals 14 seconds apart by Michelle Rubino at 20:45 and Van Dyke at 20:31.
Caridi kept the 'Cats scoreless when she denied Kayleigh Hinkle (Glenelg, Md.), who fired a low free-position shot from the top of the fan toward the left post at 19:15. Van Dyke scored her third goal of the game to push the margin to 9-0 at 17:18.
New Hampshire shut out the Seawolves the rest of the first half however, to claw within 9-3. Puccia struck first for the Wildcats at 9:47 when she one-timed McHoul's pass from deep behind the net high into the cage. McHoul, once again set up behind the goal, found Gurello slashing through the left side of the fan and she ripped a shot inside the near post to trim the deficit to 9-2 at 7:24.
McHoul, this time from the left wing, once again centered a pass low in the fan that Puccia one-timed into the net for her second goal of the game and 38th of the season, which lifted the 'Cats within 9-3 at 6:26.
At halftime, Stony Brook held the advantage in shots (16-7) and ground balls (12-8), but UNH had the 8-5 edge in draw controls.
The Wildcats closed within 9-4 at 24:59 of the second half when McHoul, positioned on the left wing, found Grote driving down the middle of the fan.
Hurwitz kept the margin at five goals when she denied Rubino's free-position shot from the top of the fan at 22:48, but SBU extended its lead to 10-4 on Murphy's goal at 21:43.
UNH had the opportunity to narrow the gap, but Rachael Nock (Severna Park, Md.) was stoned by Caridi on a free position at 19:49 and then again from point-blank range at 19:05.
Stony Brook quickly transitioned into the attack zone and Yevoli's goal gave the home team an 11-4 lead at 18:46.
Puccia won the ensuing draw control, and that led to the combination of McHoul to Gurello producing another goal to pull the Wildcats within 11-5 at 17:58.
UNH would get no closer, however, as Caridi once again turned aside Nock's close-range shot at 15:45 and the Seawolves pulled further away on goals by Murphy at 8:54 and Cardillo at 7:52.
With five minutes remaining, Puccia was stopped by Caridi on a free position from the top of the fan and SBU once again quickly advanced the ball for a 14-5 lead on Murphy's goal at 4:48.
Murphy broke the school single-season record for goals by a freshman with her 47th of the season to extend the advantage to double digits and close the scoring, 15-5, at 2:29.
Stony Brook ended with the edge in shots (29-15) and ground balls (22-17), but UNH had the 13-9 advantage in draw controls.
New Hampshire returns to action and concludes the regular season with Senior Day on Saturday, April 26 against 19th-ranked University at Albany. Game time at Memorial Field is 12 p.m.