If you ask Courtney Murphy, scoring goals is in her job description.
The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse attacker scored five goals in an 8-7 win over visiting Delaware Saturday, breaking the program’s career goals record on her fourth score of the afternoon.
Demmianne Cook, who played from 2012-13, held the previous record at 158. Murphy finished the afternoon with 160.
“Everyone has a job on the field, and my job is to score,” said Murphy, a junior from Floyd High School. “I am very lucky I can break a record while doing my job. Some people go unnoticed. Mine definitely gets more noticed.”
Murphy beat Blue Hens goalie Taylor Carpentier of Garden City twice in the first half. The record-setting score came just under 10 minutes into the second half as part of a five-goal outburst that extended the lead to 8-3.
The Blue Hens fought back in the second half by scoring the game’s final four tallies and threatened to tie with under a minute remaining, but Stony Brook (ranked No. 11 in the national coaches poll and 10th in the Inside Lacrosse poll) outlasted the surge.
While Murphy has always displayed a penchant for scoring, coach Joe Spallina praised her growth over the past two-plus seasons.
“She used to be purely an off-ball player, but now she has developed some dodging ability,” he said. “Her IQ is off the charts.”
Murphy has scored at a blistering pace this season, averaging four goals per game and ranking among the top scorers in the nation with 28 goals.
Even the country’s top teams have struggled to contain her. She netted four goals against No. 11/13 Northwestern on March 12 and five goals against No. 12/9 USC on March 14.
At this rate, Cook’s single-season program record of 90 (2013) may not be out of reach. Stony Brook (4-3) has 10 more regular season games before the America East playoffs begin on May 6.
And while breaking the goals record Saturday was just another day at the office, Murphy still wants to go above and beyond.
“It’s definitely awesome that it happened when I still have about a year-and-a-half left,” Murphy said, “so hopefully I can push it and make it pretty impossible for someone to beat.”