The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team hoped to show Florida how Long Islanders handle the winter when it hosted the nation's seventh-ranked team. But Florida, with the help of some LI talent of its own, stopped the Seawolves' offense cold Saturday in a 14-1 victory.
"We definitely wanted to come out here and make a statement against Florida because we did play them twice in their house," Seawolves senior attack Alyssa Cardillo said of losses to the Gators the previous two seasons. "Being a Long Island school and having girls on Florida be from Long Island, we wanted to show Long Island that we had pride, but today we just weren't clicking, and that's something we have to talk about."
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Coach Joe Spallina will try to address that, saying, "We'll get better from this. I wouldn't want to play us next. I also wouldn't want to be at practice this week, either."
Stony Brook (3-2) was averaging 13.5 goals a game and had lost to No. 10 Notre Dame by a goal last week in South Bend. "They're not whatever the score was better than us," Spallina said of Florida (5-1). "It's 1-1 with six minutes to go ; then bang, bang, bang, it's 4-1. Florida's a great team I felt like they were more opportunistic than us. I think early in that game we had a ton of chances. They didn't fall."
After Devon Schneider took a pass from Northport's Shannon Gilroy and scored to give Florida a 1-0 lead with 23:02 left in the first half, Michelle Rubino tied it for Stony Brook on a free position shot with 19:49 remaining. Florida freshman defender Caroline Fitzgerald of Mount Sinai caused the first of four turnovers and teammate Sammi Burgess converted on the other end for a 2-1 lead. Mollie Stevens scored the next two goals, and when Gilroy fired in her first of three, Florida had a 5-1 lead at the half.
The Gators continued peppering the goal in the second half, and Schneider and Stevens joined Gilroy in scoring a hat trick.
Florida was anticipating a tough game from Stony Brook. "They are always a good game when they play us, we've always played them at home, It's always been a competitive game," Gilroy said. "So, coming back to Long Island and playing them on their home turf and in the cold weather that we're not use to, we were expecting them to come out and play us really hard. I think the weather bothered everyone a little bit but once we got the momentum going we were unstoppable."
Fitzgerald added, "We were expecting a really close game, a tough game. We had to play it out with no letdowns the whole game."