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Stony Brook’s Courtney Murphy sets more records in semifinal rout

Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy (18) with a behind

Stony Brook's Courtney Murphy (18) with a behind the back shot and score during the America East Conference semifinal women's lacrosse game between Stony Brook and New Hampshire held on the campus of Stony Brook University on 06 May 2016 Credit: Alan J Schaefer

The records just keep falling for Courtney Murphy.

The junior from Shirley, who set the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse career goals record this season, continued her memorable campaign in Friday’s 17-4 win over visiting New Hampshire in the America East semifinals.

Murphy assisted Dorrien Van Dyke with 18:05 remaining in the second half, breaking the America East’s single-season points record with her 104th.

That assist also broke the program record for career points. Kaitlin Leggio had 246 points from 2006 to 2009. Murphy has 249 with over a season to play.

Her record-filled night was capped when she notched her 91st goal with 13:10 remaining, breaking the single-season program record previously held by Demmianne Cook, who had 90 tallies in 2013.

“It’s rewarding to be able to do all that,” Murphy said. “Today we were kind of pushing for it. Sunday we’ll just be able to play loose, have fun with it and go out there and win.”

Strong play allowed Stony Brook (15-3, 6-0) to open a 9-1 advantage, which gave the Seawolves the luxury of putting the ball in Murphy’s hands without worrying about the flow of the game.

Islip’s Kylie Ohlmiller turned in a typical performance with two goals and four assists. Lynbrook’s Samantha DiSalvo was a beneficiary of Ohlmiller’s facilitating, scoring a career-high four goals. She said watching Murphy has been a learning experience.

“I look up to her as a player,” DiSalvo said. “You learn from [Murphy] so easily from the way she plays and the way she holds herself.”

Murphy is just the eighth player in Division I history to score 90 goals in a season, and her success has been staggering. Even aggressive defenders haven’t been able to slow her, as she leads the nation in points, points per game, goals and goals per game.

The Tewaaraton Award for the nation’s best player will be announced on May 12 and Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina thinks Murphy is a lock to be one of the five finalists.

“If she’s not on there, there are going to be some problems,” Spallina said. “I always tell my kids, ‘Leave no doubt.’ She has left no doubt.”

With one goal Sunday against the winner of Albany and UMBC in the America East championship game, Murphy will break the America East record for goals in a single season, leaving the selection committee with no excuses to leave her off.

Said Spallina: “When you look at what she’s done, there’s no reason.”

Adelphi men lose. Salvatore Tuttle scored four goals for Adelphi, including one that forced the first overtime, but the Panthers fell to Merrimack in the third overtime, 14-13, in a semifinals of the Northeast-10 tournament. Adelphi finished 12-5.

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