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Stony Brook routs New Hampshire in America East opener

Stony Brook attacker Kylie Ohlmiller controls the ball

Stony Brook attacker Kylie Ohlmiller controls the ball behind the net against USC in an NCAA women's lacrosse game at LaValle Stadium on Friday, March 24, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

So much for a letdown.

Less than 48 hours after a thrilling home win against top-10 USC, the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team opened America East play on the road Sunday against winless New Hampshire.

As usual, the seventh-ranked Seawolves put on an impressive performance. Junior attack Kylie Ohlmiller had two goals and a career-high eight assists, as Stony Brook scored the first 10 goals of the game and downed New Hampshire, 14-2, in Durham, N.H.

“I was really happy with our approach today after an emotional game Friday night against USC,” Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. Stony Brook earned a 9-7 home win against No. 9 USC on Friday before 2,516 fans. “We played lights-out defense, holding UNH under 10 shots in the game.”

Goalie Anna Tesoriero faced five shots and made three saves for Stony Brook (8-1), which earned its third straight victory. It was the fifth time this season Tesoriero has allowed five goals or fewer in a game.

On the other side of the ball, Ohlmiller set an America East Conference-game record with eight assists. The total tied for second-most in program history behind Claire Petersen’s 11 in 2013. Ohlmiller has 34 goals and 31 assists this season, 7.22 points per game.

Her younger sister, freshman Taryn, had five goals. Dorrien Van Dyke added three goals, and is now fourth all-time for Stony Brook with 225 career points. Ally Kennedy chipped in a goal and two assists, and Brooke Gubitosi forced a career-high six turnovers and matched a career high with five ground balls for the Seawolves.

“Offensively, we continued to keep it simple and let the ball do the work, assisting on 12 of 14 goals. Our goals-to-assist ratio is absurd and such a reflection of our approach,” Spallina said. “It’s a team-first mentality on both sides of the field.”

The numbers, as expected, were one-sided in the Seawolves’ favor. Stony Brook outshot New Hampshire 24-5, won twice as many draw controls (12-6), was 20-for-22 (91 percent) on clears and caused 10 turnovers by New Hampshire (0-10). Stony Brook held New Hampshire to its lowest goal total since 1999. The Seawolves are 8-0 against the Wildcats during Spallina’s tenure and 10-7 all-time.

“This was a solid weekend for our team,” Spallina said, “and they are already looking forward to next week.”

The Seawolves begin a three-game homestand Friday when they host No. 6 Colorado at 7 p.m.

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