Stony Brook University Seawolves (15-3) junior attacker Courtney Murphy leapt into multiple record books with the team’s win over the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (6-11) in the America East semifinals on Friday.
Murphy’s six goals against New Hampshire puts her at 91 on the season, surpassing former midfielder Demmianne Cook’s Stony Brook season record of 90.
“It’s rewarding to be able to do all that, but I wouldn’t be able to do that without my teammates, so I have them to thank for it,” Murphy said.
Her six goals and two assists also established her as Stony Brook’s all-time points leader, surpassing Kaitlin Leggio’s 246 career points.
“I think [Murphy’s] phenomenal,” Stony Brook Head Coach Joe Spallina said. “I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s a big-time player and a big-time person.”
Stony Brook crushed New Hampshire 17-4, winning its 13th game in a row. The Seawolves stormed out of the gate as Murphy scored her first goal of the night just 12 seconds in.
Stony Brook sophomore midfielder Samantha DiSalvo also scored a hat trick for Stony Brook. She finished the night with a career-high four goals, adding a valuable secondary scoring element.
“It’s really exciting to have a great game, but it only happens when you have such a great team behind you,” DiSalvo said. “We’re going to come out even harder [in Sunday’s final] because we’re playing for the championship and to move on to the NCAAs.”
Stony Brook sophomore attacker Kylie Ohlmiller added four assists to her America East assist lead, alongside two additional goals.
Stony Brook junior midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke scored a hat trick, and now has 48 goals this season. Junior midfielder Kristin Yevoli and junior attacker Alyssa Guido each scored a goal, while Guido also assisted on three.
Nicole Grote, Krissy Schafer, Carly Wooters and Devon Croke each recorded a goal for New Hampshire, but that was all the offense they were able to muster.
Seawolves freshman goalkeeper Anna Tesoriero made four saves on six shots in 47:25 played while junior goalkeeper Kaitlyn Leahy finished the game and allowed two goals on four shots.
Spallina is looking at the conference championship as a secondary goal, which the team could win against the University of Albany Great Danes.
“We want to have the best possible resume,” Spallina said on dominating the America East tournament. “We want to set ourselves up with the best possible seed in the NCAAs. This team can make a run here, and we need to set ourselves up to make a run. That means securing the highest possible seed.”
Stony Brook will play its rivals Albany for the America East championship on Sunday at noon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
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