To see how well things are going for Stony Brook women’s lacrosse, look no further than the flip of the stick.
When Dorrien Van Dyke ran up and scored from the left side, she threw her stick in the air in celebration. Then later, she netted another goal and went through the mandatory equipment drop with a little more emphasis as she embraced her teammates.
Host Stony Brook defeated America East rival Albany, 18-11, on Sunday after jumping out to a 5-1 lead during a four-minute span early in the first half. The run was punctuated by Van Dyke’s goal with 23:04 left that made it 4-1 and showed that the Seawolves were off to the races.
“I’m always excited to score goals, especially against Albany,” Van Dyke said. “That makes it a little bit more exciting when you score against your rival.”
Van Dyke scored three goals in the first half and then capped Stony Brook’s scoring with a free position shot with 36.7 seconds left. She had one assist. Keri McCarthy got the scoring going 33 seconds into the game, and added two more for the No. 5 Seawolves (10-1, 2-0).
“We came out, we were ready to play,” McCarthy said. “I was glad I could do it.”
Kylie Ohlmiller hit the 40-goal mark on the season after netting three goals, showcasing her athleticism with a behind-the-back shot in the first half. She also had two assists. Taryn Ohlmiller padded the cushion in the second half, reeling off three consecutive goals on her way to a team-leading four-goal, four-assist day.
“If you clinch this game, you clinch America East,” Taryn Ohlmiller said. “That’s basically what coach has been saying, so we want to have home playoff games in the future. This was a big game for that.”
The game against the Great Danes (5-4, 1-1) capped a weekend that started with the highest-ranked win in program history against No. 4 Colorado. Coach Joe Spallina said he designed the schedule to simulate the quick turnaround environment in the NCAA Tournament with matchups on Friday and Sunday. It’s been working.
“There are a lot of different moving parts,” Spallina said. “I want to know what I need to know now so that May, we’re ironing things out.”
Ally Kennedy had three goals, and Anna Tesoriero had eight saves as Stony Brook’s defense responded to increasing pressure and Albany runs. The Seawolves have won nine games in a row against the Great Danes.
Van Dyke wasn’t afraid to show how important that was to her — either with her goals or her excitement afterward.
Said Van Dyke, “I think that’s a big deal to make a good first impression against them every year.”