COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A season of firsts came to an end for the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team Sunday afternoon as, two days after winning the first NCAA Tournament game in program history, the Seawolves were eliminated by top-ranked Maryland, 11-3, in the second round.
SBU's trademark backer zone defense kept Maryland scoreless for the first 16 minutes, but the Terps pulled away with a 6-0 run that bridged halftime. Maryland will host Duke in an NCAA quarterfinal Saturday.
Demmianne Cook led SBU (17-3) with two goals and Frankie Caridi made eight saves. Brooke Griffin led the Terrapins (20-0) with four goals. The loss ended SBU's program-record 12-game winning streak, and was the final game for its heralded senior class.
That seven-person group includes Cook, who packed four years worth of stats into two seasons on campus and finished her career as SBU's all-time leading scorer (90 goals), and Claire Petersen, who played her final four games with a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus.
"They set the bar high for our underclassmen," SBU coach Joe Spallina said.
Plenty of talent remains, including Caridi and sophomore Michelle Rubino, who had three draw controls Sunday.
"Michelle's gonna be a superstar," Spallina said. "She reminds me a ton of [Cook] after her sophomore year."
Rubino said she appreciated the chance to play alongside the seniors.
"It was an awesome experience," Rubino said. "I played lacrosse in high school and it was absolutely nothing like this. We connect so well on the field."
All of SBU's losses came against top five teams and two came against Maryland, which is seeking a record 11th NCAA title. When the Terps last won it all, in 2010, Stony Brook finished 3-12 and Spallina, Cook and Petersen were at Adelphi.
"The only people who think we're a one-year wonder are the people who want us to be a one-year wonder," Spallina said. "We're here to stay."
After all, Maryland wasn't built in a day.
Said Spallina: "I told our kids, with a heavy amount of moisture in my eyes, 'Remember how you feel right now. Let that drive you for the summer.' ''