On Friday evening, junior attacker Courtney Murphy set the career Stony Brook record with 249 points. She set the America East single-season record for points, with 105. When the America East Player of the Year netted her sixth goal of the game — her 91st of the season — she set a Stony Brook single-season goals record and tied the conference record.
If such records were kept, Murphy may have set the women’s lacrosse record for most records.
All attention was on the junior as Stony Brook cruised over New Hampshire at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, winning 17-4, to advance to the America East Championship Game on Sunday at noon.
“I look up to [Murphy] as a player,” sophomore midfielder Samantha DiSalvo, who scored a career-high four goals herself, said. “You learn from her so easily, from the way she plays and the way she holds herself.”
Murphy’s 91st goal of the season came on a free-position pass from freshman midfielder Kasey Mitchell with 12:56 remaining in the second half, making the score 17-2.
“I think she’s phenomenal,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “We left her in there and she scored the 17th goal [to reach the record] — whatever, it’s not the most unsportsmanlike thing I’ve done in my life and won’t be the last one — I wanted to get that out of the way so that on Sunday there were no distractions.”
On the scoreboard, Stony Brook took charge of things early on. The Seawolves jumped out to a 9-1 lead with 3:31 left in the first half and never looked back. Junior midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke scored three goals, while sophomore attacker Kylie Ohlmiller had two goals and four assists.
Stony Brook was dominant on draw controls, enabling the team to dictate the game’s pace. Freshman midfielder Keri McCarthy controlled eight draws, as the Seawolves led the Wildcats 15-8 in the category overall.
“Keri played awesome today,” Murphy said. “When she’s able to dominate the draw circle it’s so much easier on our entire team. They can’t stall and we end up having fast breaks.”
One scoring chance was buried by DiSalvo with 13:07 to go in the first half, as the sophomore took a pass from junior attacker Alyssa Guido and scored behind-the-back. DiSalvo worked on the interior of the offense more than usual, trading cuts to the net with Murphy to find open opportunities on passes from Guido and Ohlmiller, stationed behind the net.
“It’s nice when they try to do a faceguard, it’s easy for Sammy to get open,” Murphy said. “Two [defenders] end up coming to me and she’s left open. It’s awesome for her… She was a huge part today.”
Murphy could have had even more goals had she converted on early opportunities. The attacker hit the post on two occasions, while having three shots saved by New Hampshire sophomore goalkeeper Kate Clancy.
“Eleven, Murph? Eleven?” Spallina asked, teasing his star over the number of shot attempts she had in the game. “You could have had the NCAA record today if you hit on your shots!”
While not technically true, Murphy is nearing even closer to that mark. She now sits just seven goals shy of Delaware’s Karen Emas, who scored 98 goals in 1984.
Breaking the record on Sunday remains a possibility, as Murphy has scored at least eight goals in a game four times this season.
In that game, Stony Brook will play against the semifinal winner of second-seeded Albany and third-seeded UMBC, which played after the Stony Brook and New Hampshire game on Friday night.