Despite a defensive effort for the ages and a one-goal lead during the third quarter, the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team fell 8-5 to the top-seeded University of North Carolina (UNC) Tar Heels in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday.
By walloping the Albany Great Danes 16-4 in the 2022 regular season finale as expected, Stony Brook clinched its ninth consecutive America East regular season title and its 60th straight win over an America East opponent.
Siobhan Rafferty recorded a hat trick the last time the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team played a nationally-ranked team at home. She had to wait through a global pandemic to top that performance, but once her chance came, she did not disappoint.
Playing its second consecutive road game against a nationally ranked opponent, the No. 6 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team had a chance to earn back-to-back statement wins in its pursuit of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
For the first time in seven years, the Seawolves are winners in Gainesville. The No. 5 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team beat No. 11 Florida 14-13 on March 5, breaking a four-game losing streak against the Gators.
In a valiant effort, the Seawolves gave their all to the end of the line to close one of the most memorable seasons in program history, but were unable to secure the program’s first Final Four berth despite being minutes away.