Stony Brook clinches top seed in America East tournament

Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy takes a stick to

Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy takes a stick to the head from New Hampshire's Cara Dowdle in an NCAA women's lacrosse game on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (Credit: George A. Faella)

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The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team beat New Hampshire Saturday, 15-5, to lock up the top seed for the America East Championship and a share of the regular-season title for the second consecutive year.

Freshman Courtney Murphy led the attack with six goals for Stony Brook (13-2, 4-0 America East) to bring her season total to 47 goals, breaking Kaitlin Leggio's single-season freshman record of 46 goals set in 2006.

Attacker Alyssa Cardillo had a goal and seven assists for the Seawolves and freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke had three goals and four assists.

Goalie Frankie Caridi made eight stops as Stony Brook extended its winning streak to 10.

Laura McHoul had three assists for New Hampshire (7-8, 2-2).

"I thought we came out of the gates real well and played efficient transition offense and won a lot of the ground ball battles," Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. "Then, we hit a little bit of a lull and needed to get ourselves back together, which we did."

When Cardillo dished to Van Dyke for a goal at 17:18 of the first half, SBU had a 9-0 cushion, but New Hampshire scored four straight to make it 9-4 with 24:59 remaining in the second half.

Murphy broke up the spurt with a goal on a feed from Cardillo at 21:43 that began a 6-1 Stony Brook run to close the contest.

Freshmen accounted for 12 of the Seawolves' 15 goals.

Stony Brook concludes non-conference action at Delaware on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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