ALBANY — It was an ideal start, but it still wasn’t enough for the UAlbany women’s lacrosse team to break its longstanding hex against America East powerhouse Stony Brook.
Bursting with energy and buoyed by the team’s senior day festivities, UAlbany scored the first three goals of Saturday’s America East contest at John Fallon Field and kept Stony Brook off the board for the first 13 minutes and 24 seconds, but when Taryn Ohlmiller finally broke through for the Seawolves, it set off a run of five goals in 3:33 that allowed Stony Brook to take the lead for good and swung the momentum away from UAlbany as the Great Danes fell 17-10.
It was Stony Brook’s 16th consecutive win in the series over the past eight seasons, which includes seven meetings in the America East championship game.
Another conference final clash remains a possibility for the two teams next month.
“It’s hard to beat a team three times,” UAlbany graduate student defender Jordyn Marr said. “We’re hoping to look at the film the next two weeks and figure out a game plan.”
UAlbany (6-2 America East, 9-6 overall) got early goals from Kyla Zapolski, Katie Pascale and Kendra Harbinger in the game’s first eight minutes, while Great Danes goaltender Georgia Schneidereith stopped the first five shots she faced as the defense in front of her locked up Stony Brook’s primary scorers, Ally Kennedy and Taryn Ohlmiller.
“We came out really feisty and ready to go,” Schneidereith said. “You could see that in the way we played in the first 13, 15 minutes. I think our game plan really threw them off-guard in those 15 minutes.”
“It did work for a little while,” she added, “but they’re a very good team and they think quick on their feet as well.”
The 5-0 run from Stony Brook (6-0, 10-2) featured goals from five different players. Once the lead was forged, Kennedy added three of her game-high five goals in the final 8:34 of the first half as Stony Brook opened up a 10-5 lead after 30 minutes.
UAlbany never got closer than four goals in the second half, with 22 turnovers hindering the team’s comeback attempts.
In addition to Kennedy’s five goals, Ohlmiller and Ellie Masera scored three goals apiece for Stony Brook. Katie Pascale and Julia Imbo had two goals and an assist apiece for UAlbany, Kathryn Sancilio also scored twice and Schneidereith finished with 13 saves.
“Overall, really proud of the effort we put forth today,” UAlbany head coach Katie Rowan Thomson said. “We fought on both ends of the field.”
Halftime score: Stony Brook led 10-5. Stony Brook scoring: Kennedy 5-0, Masera 3-0, Ohlmiller 3-1, Rafferty 2-0, Considine 2-2, Hart 1-0, Pulis 1-1. UAlbany scoring: Sancilio 2-0, Pascale 2-1, Imbo 2-1, Harbinger 1-0, Conway 1-1, Zapolski 1-0, Hogg 1-0, Falk 0-1. Goalies: Stony Brook, Halsall, 3 saves. UAlbany, Schneidereith, 13 saves.