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I sat down with Stony Brook Seawolves lacrosse star Courtney Murphy and talked to  her about the women’s lacrosse team, her final college season and some fun questions about her personal life. This is your chance to get to know the 100-goal scorer. Q: You suffered a broken left hand in the first game of the season (Feb. 4 at Towson). You seem fine now. How long do you think it will be until you’re 100 percent? A: Not really sure yet. Doctor said a normal person would be around six to eight weeks. I came back in two. It depends on how it heals. It’s a week-to-week thing right now. Q: With you being a senior is there any added pressure on you  winning the NCAA championship this year? A: Yes and no. I don’t think it’s added pressure, but it’s added fuel to the fire knowing this…

Stony Brook University’s women’s lacrosse team is consistently one of the best in the nation. Five years ago, that would have seemed like a pipe dream. Through 2009-2011, the team had posted an 11-35 record. Ever since former Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore hired Joe Spallina to take over the head-coaching job, the women’s lacrosse program has found annual success. The team has gone 80-17 during Spallina’s five-year tenure. “I think the biggest thing when you take over a program that’s not successful is changing the culture and the approach of the athletes, the day-to-day operations and the way things are being run from top to bottom,” Spallina said. “I focused more on what made me successful prior to coming here.” Spallina  led the Adelphi University women’s lacrosse team to three consecutive NCAA Division II national championships prior to joining the Division I level with Stony Brook. “[Spallina’s]…

As Stony Brook freshman midfielder Kasey Mitchell stood to take a free position shot with 2.5 seconds remaining in a 9-9 women’s lacrosse championship game, the crowd’s anxiety was nearly tangible on Sunday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The attempt would determine whether the Stony Brook Seawolves (16-3) would emerge victorious over the Albany Great Danes (11-7) in the America East Championship, or the two teams would head to overtime, bringing a sudden-death element to a crazy back-and-forth game. “I just was praying to God that it was gonna go in,” Mitchell said. Sure enough, Mitchell rifled the ball past Albany senior goalkeeper Courtney Henderson to cap a wild comeback win for the Seawolves at the buzzer. “Being a freshman, I didn’t expect to play a lot,” Mitchell said. “For me, being in a position to score goals like that is just something I’m so grateful for.” The victory…

Junior attacker Courtney Murphy’s third goal of the game turned out to be the game-winner, with 9:27 remaining in the first half. The No. 12-ranked Stony Brook Seawolves (6-3) not only upset the No. 8-ranked Stanford Cardinal (6-2), but crushed them 17-7 on Saturday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. “It was as complete of a performance as we’ve had this whole year against such a great team,” Head Coach Joe Spallina said. “We’re a team that can beat anyone.” Murphy finished the game with a season-high six goals. She now has 36 in nine games this season, which is the highest total in the America East conference. “Pretty much all of [my] goals were in transition,” Murphy said. “It was my teammates hustling to get the ball and I was just able to be there and finish. It was a complete team effort today.” That includes Stony Brook freshman…