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Unbeaten Stony Brook women roll past UM-Lowell

Stony Brook attacker Courtney Murphy controls the ball

Stony Brook attacker Courtney Murphy controls the ball against Northwestern in the first half of an NCAA women's lacrosse game at LaValle Stadium on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Another game, another decisive win for the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team.

Led by Courtney Murphy’s six goals, all of which came in a 16-goal outburst in the first half, the No. 1-ranked Seawolves defeated host UMass Lowell, 20-7, in the America East opener for both teams.

Murphy added an assist, while Kylie Ohlmiller paced Stony Brook (8-0) with four goals and five assists. Her sister, Taryn, had four goals and two assists.

Stony Brook put on a clinic early, scoring seven times on eight shots against goalkeeper Courtney Barrett, who was lifted for Renee Gonzalez. Gonzalez didn’t fare any better, and Barrett eventually re-entered.

A 17-12 draw advantage and 15-9 advantage on ground balls gave the Seawolves ample possession, which they used to build the lead. Keri McCarthy had 11 draw controls and two ground balls.

Stony Brook outshot UMass (2-6) 38-15. The Seawolves have been ranked No. 1 nationally by each of the three major polls for the last four weeks.

Stony Brook led 5-3 before shifting to a higher gear, scoring the next eight goals for a 13-3 lead that resulted in a running clock with 7:39 left in the first half. After Taylor Sokol scored for UMass, the Seawolves scored six unanswered for a 19-4 lead with 13:24 to play.

Freshman Marlee Moon Gaddy capped the scoring with her first career goal after coach Joe Spallina gave his younger players extended playing time late in the game.

The Seawolves next play Vermont at 7 p.m. Friday in an America East contest at LaValle Stadium.

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