Kylie Ohlmiller drew postgame comparisons to Michael Jordan. That’s the type of player she’s become for the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team.
Her consistency has guided the program to new heights, and this season, she broke an NCAA record that stood since 2001.
When Ohlmiller assisted Sam DiSalvo’s goal with 9:29 left in the first half, she notched her 149th point this spring, breaking the mark previously held by Jen Adams at Maryland.
Ohlmiller’s three goals and three assists, as well as Dorrien Van Dyke’s career-high seven goals, propelled the Seawolves to a 21-6 win over Bryant in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in front of 1,211 at LaValle Stadium.
Her exploits stand out more when considering that prolific scorer Courtney Murphy went down with a season-ending ACL injury against Northwestern on March 5.
“What she’s done this year, in true Michael Jordan fashion, is make the players around her better,” coach Joe Spallina said of Ohlmiller, who now has 151 points (73 goals, 78 assists). “She lost a 100-goal scorer, which was her safety net . . . and somehow, we went to another level.”
The host Seawolves play Northwestern at noon Sunday in the second round. Northwestern beat Albany 15-7.
Bryant (13-5), which lost to Stony Brook 20-5 on Feb. 18, came out aggressive. Mount Sinai’s Jess DeMeo had four goals, including two in a 3-1 run that cut the first-half deficit to 5-4.
But the Seawolves blew the game open in a hurry.
Kristin Yevoli, Taryn Ohlmiller and Van Dyke each netted three goals during a 10-0 run spanning 19:43. Yevoli had three goals, one assist, three ground balls and three draw controls.
Draw dominance was key, led by Keri McCarthy’s single-game program record 13 draw controls. Her final draw represented a single-season program record with 97.
“To make sure I can do that for my teammates is something I take pride in,” McCarthy said.
After the team came out with what Spallina called “white knuckles,” Van Dyke said the beginning of the run served as a calming influence for Stony Brook (19-1).
“We told each other to take a deep breath, and we were like, ‘We got this. It’s our game in our house,’ ” she said.
Kylie Ohlmiller helped quell the nerves, either running the offense or attracting enough attention from Bryant’s defenders to leave her teammates free on cuts to the cage.
A focused competitor, Ohlmiller didn’t harp on getting the record. The score was just 8-4 at the time, so there was more work to do.
“The game was still close at that point, so it was nice to hear it on the loudspeaker,” she said, “but at the same time, we were focusing on the rest of the game.”
In true Michael Jordan fashion.