Anna Tesoriero’s preparedness paid off.

Facing a nationally-ranked team notorious for its aggressive shots on cage, the sophomore Stony Brook goalkeeper defended fast shots in practice from coach Joe Spallina and others to acclimate her to Northwestern’s offense.

What followed in Sunday’s game was a performance in which Tesoriero seemed to anticipate where and when the shots were coming. She made 12 saves, leading No. 8/7 Stony Brook to a 13-5 win over visiting No. 12/11 Northwestern.

“They like to step and rip,” Spallina said. “So we were shooting smoke at her all week. We felt really good about somebody stepping and shooting at her.”

Tesoriero, who credited a defense that forced 24 turnovers, said the practice helped.

“We had anyone with a strong shot take shots from the outside like [Christina] Esposito does, or [Selena] Lasota, who happened to not be playing today,” Tesoriero, of Huntington, said. “But it definitely helped to see the ball better for today.”

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Esposito scored on a free position, but the tally came with 25 seconds left and the game out of reach after goals from Mount Sinai’s Kasey Mitchell and West Sayville’s Mackenzie Burns 46 seconds apart gave the Seawolves a 12-2 lead with 11:45 to play.

Despite getting outdrawn by Northwestern 15-5 (Babylon’s Shelby Fredericks had 11 draw controls for the Wildcats), the Seawolves were able to transition sound defense into aggressive offense.

East Northport’s Brooke Gubitosi, who caused one turnover, led the defense by limiting looks at the cage. Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport), Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa) and Jessica Volpe (Hauppauge) each caused two turnovers.

“Our defense is a unit, and I think everyone did their job and did even more than their job today,” said Islip’s Kylie Ohlmiller, who had three goals and three assists. “I think that’s what made the difference in how many caused turnovers we had.”

Kylie’s freshman sister, Taryn, scored twice, including once on an assist from Kylie with 17:35 left in the game. It was the first time the two combined for a goal this season.

Although Spallina called the eight-goal win over a ranked opponent a statement, Stony Brook was also hit with what could be a potentially impactful loss.

Senior Courtney Murphy left the game with 18.8 seconds left in the first half after getting her foot stuck in the turf and getting twisted up while riding a Northwestern player attempting to clear. The injury is officially a “lower body injury” and more details were not made available.

Murphy, from Shirley, scored 100 goals last season and is 44 away from the all-time Division I record after scoring twice Sunday.

Spallina said Stony Brook is equipped to sustain the loss for however long Murphy’s out, with Taryn Ohlmiller and North Babylon’s Ally Kennedy representing the most likely to receive increased responsibility.

In the second half without Murphy, the Seawolves effectively closed out the Wildcats and sealed the statement win.

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“This is just a game that we knew we had to play big,” Tesoriero said. “If all our big dogs showed up, we could win. It was a team effort.”