Midfielder Ellie Massera running with the ball in the UNH game on April 9. The Seawolves dominated the game against UNH with a score of 20-6. KAT PROCACCI/THE STATESMAN

The last time the No. 5 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team recorded a 20-goal game was on Feb. 27 against Dartmouth. Attacker Kailyn Hart and midfielder Ellie Masera both led the way with five and three goals, respectively. The Seawolves scored 12 times in the first half alone.

Saturday’s home game followed a similar trend.

In the final seconds of a conference matchup on Saturday, April 9, the Seawolves secured a dominant 20-6 victory over New Hampshire at LaValle Stadium. Backup attacker Kelsi Lonigro rifled a shot into the net with one second remaining in the fourth quarter. It was her second career goal and the team’s 20th of the game.

“Our team came out and we took care of business,” head coach Joe Spallina said in an interview with The Statesman. “We get what we’re supposed to do in a game like this. We got to running time fairly quickly and that was great.” 

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The last-second shot also happened to cap off Stony Brook’s (9-2, 2-0 AE) seventh straight win.

“A lot of players were able to contribute and score goals and get quality playing time,” Spallina continued. “That gave our starters some extra rest. It got them out of the game a little bit earlier. All these things pay dividends as the season goes on.”

Similarly to the Dartmouth game, Hart led the Seawolves with five goals. She tied her season high for goals and recorded her seventh hat trick of 2022.

“Kailyn Hart has a big day everyday,” Spallina said. “She’s a superstar — an All-American in my book. I think she’s really turning a corner as a complete player.”

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Stony Brook’s ball movement in the first quarter was too strong for New Hampshire’s defense to handle. Seven Seawolves recorded a goal in the first quarter, immediately breaking the game wide open. Hart was responsible for two of Stony Brook’s nine goals through the first fifteen minutes of play.

The Seawolves triggered the running clock with a 10-goal lead before the midway point of the second quarter.

In that frame, Hart reached a milestone. After assisting midfielder Morgan Mitchell to extend Stony Brook’s lead to 13-2, Hart recorded her 100th career point, which makes her the only active Stony Brook player with triple digit career points.

“It’s awesome to me, but I obviously couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Hart said. “They help me all the time. Whether it’s making the right cut, or just making the right decisions on and off the field. They helped me get better each and every day and helped me get there.”

Hart’s five goals put her at 33 on the season, trailing only Masera’s 40 for the team lead.

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Mitchell, who was on the receiving end of Hart’s 100th point, reached an important career accolade of her own. She opened the second quarter with her third goal of the game, securing her first career hat trick.

“It [felt] good,” Mitchell said about her career game. “We practice everyday to keep a strong tempo, so it feels good.”

By the end of Stony Brook’s 20-goal onslaught, Mitchell went from having scored five goals throughout her entire career to scoring four in one game.

By the final horn, 10 Seawolves had recorded a goal against New Hampshire.

Masera showed no signs of stopping a historic 2022 season. She added her ninth hat trick of the season and gathered six draw controls.

Goalkeepers Kameron Halsall and Charlie Campbell each made an appearance for the Seawolves on Saturday. It was the fifth time this year that the two goalies split their time in the cage. They both finished play with a .500 save percentage. Halsall was credited with the win.

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“They love playing games together,” Spallina said. “The energy of our bench and locker room is unparalleled, and I think you see a lot of that on the sideline. Whether it be the scoring or the energy on the bench, they are just a fun group to be around and I’m lucky to be a part of it.”

The Seawolves will have a week to rest before heading to Massachusetts to face UMass Lowell on Saturday, April 16.

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