Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse senior attacker Kylie Ohlmiller had one lacrosse player in particular she looked up to when she was growing up — Maryland alumna Jen Adams. Adams was widely regarded as one of best female lacrosse players in the country during her tenure from 1998-2001, recording an NCAA Division I record 445 points over her four-year career.
After Saturday afternoon, Adams’ record stood no more, and Ohlmiller etched herself into the history books.
“I got to meet her after the Maryland game and that was just an honor to be in her presence,” Ohlmiller said about Adams. “She was one of those players that I looked up to while she was playing. She paved the way for women’s lacrosse, so to hear her say such nice things about me means the absolute world.”
Along with breaking the career points record, Ohlmiller broke the NCAA Division I record for career assists as well, beating Northwestern alumna Hannah Nielson’s record of 224 with her fifth assist of the day. Her achievements highlighted a lopsided 22-7 victory over UMBC.
Ohlmiller broke the points record with one of her typical highlight reel plays. Sophomore midfielder Ally Kennedy passed to Ohlmiller, who was making a cut toward the net. She received the pass and did what she does best, scoring with a behind-the-back shot while falling to the ground.
“It’s a great day,” Ohlmiller said. “It’s a memorable day. I had most of my family up in the stands and that just means the world to me. Having the entire team get really excited and running onto that field, that’s a moment I’ll never forget. It’s a special day and I’m looking forward to making more special days on this field.”
Adams, who now coaches at Loyola University in Maryland, tweeted out her congrats to Ohlmiller. Adams told Newsday that, “For all the little girls to be watching the way that she plays the game, I think the game is in such good hands moving forward.”
— Jen Adams (@JenAdams_7) April 21, 2018
Head coach Joe Spallina called a timeout to let himself, Ohlmiller’s teammates and the fans congratulate her. Ohlmiller stood on the field, arms out, embracing the standing ovation the fans gave her at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
“I think she’s it,” Spallina said. “She’s the face of women’s lacrosse. She’s a special player, she’s different. I’ve been saying it for a while, and I think it’s evident with everything she’s able to do and how dynamic she is.”
Ohlmiller wasn’t the only one to have a career day on the field. Redshirt-senior attacker Courtney Murphy scored eight goals and recorded three assists en route to a career-high 11-point performance.
“After we took their first punch, we were just having fun out there,” Murphy said. “We came out really tight in the beginning. It was a close game and then we came together as a team and figured it out. We made the plays.”
The game had an uncharacteristic start for the Seawolves, as they were tied with the Retrievers 4-4 with 11 minutes to go in the second half. The team did not look like themselves, turning the ball over and missing shots for the first 19 minutes of play. Spallina called a timeout and had what he called an intervention.
“He was just saying that we knew what was gonna happen,” Murphy said. “We’re the No. 1 team and we’re gonna get everyone’s best possible game. They needed to beat us to get into the America East playoffs, so they had a lot of steam. We didn’t come out as good as we wanted to, but I think that timeout was essential for us.”
The intervention resulted in a 13-0 scoring run that spilled over into the second half, giving Stony Brook a 17-4 lead they would not surrender. The 22-goal performance adds to the streak that the team has silently been on, as they have scored at least 20 goals against all but one America East opponent this season.
Saturday’s game came with a bit of social media hype as well. UMBC Athletics has posted a 2-0 record against No. 1-ranked teams in the 2017-18 academic year. The men’s basketball team took down No. 1-seeded Virginia in the first round of the NCAA tournament back in March, and the men’s lacrosse team beat No. 1-seeded Albany back on April 6.
Hey, would you look at that, we play No.1 Stony Brook on Saturday. Sup, Seawolves?
— UMBC Athletics (@UMBCAthletics) April 17, 2018
The UMBC Twitter account poked fun at Stony Brook, which resulted in friendly banter back and forth, as seen in the responses. The team, however, didn’t let UMBC’s string of luck affect it in the slightest.
“It adds a little extra fire under our butts, we like having that target on our back,” Ohlmiller said. “So when someone brings that up, as a team, it motivates us to work a little bit harder and pay more attention to them. We came out a little flat, but recognized what we needed to do.”
Now that Murphy and Ohlmiller have gotten their respective records out of the way, they and the team can focus on what’s been driving them for the entire season: an NCAA championship. Stony Brook faces its final ranked opponent of the season in No. 15 Penn State on Tuesday, April 24 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 4 p.m.