The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team’s impressive start to the 2017 season came to a screeching halt Saturday afternoon against No. 3/3 Florida.
The host Gators closed the first half on a 9-0 run to take a 10-goal lead en route to a 22-14 win over the No. 7/7 Seawolves, who are now 5-1.
“Today was disappointing,” said coach Joe Spallina. “Our defense was out of sync all day and that is a tribute to Florida, who did a great job of playing disciplined offense, and made a bunch of great hustle plays off ground balls that led to goals for them.”
Spallina was happy with his team’s offensive output against a strong Gators defense, even if it couldn’t outweigh the negatives on defense.
Kylie Ohlmiller kept up her fast start, tallying four goals and three assists. She entered the game leading all active Division I players with 4.65 points per game. Her sister Taryn added three goals and an assist. Ally Kennedy also scored three goals.
“Offensively, I liked our approach,” Spallina said. “That is a great defense, so for us to put up the numbers we did is a great sign.”
But defense was the downfall.
Entering play, the Seawolves ranked third in the country in scoring defense, allowing 6.4 goals per game. Florida ranked 12th in scoring offense at 14.8 per game.
The Gators’ attack was bolstered by three Long Islanders. Mount Sinai’s Sydney Pirreca had four goals and two assists, and her older sister, Shayna, had four goals and one assist. Manhasset’s Lindsey Ronbeck also had four goals and one assist. Florida was led by Mollie Stevens with seven goals.
Much of Florida’s success offensively came as a result of a 23-14 advantage on draw controls. The Gators also took more shots on goal (29-20).
“We will address our issues and get better from them, but we need to be the scrappy hard-working team in order to be successful,” Spallina said.
The Seawolves next play at Jacksonville University at 7 p.m. Monday.