Six-goal run propels Stony Brook to back-to-back CAA Women’s Lacrosse titles

Six-goal run propels Stony Brook to back-to-back CAA Women’s Lacrosse titles

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STONY BROOK, NY (May 4, 2024) – Stony Brook used a six-goal run in the second half to rally past a stellar effort by Drexel and win its second straight CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship, 9-6, on Saturday afternoon on Long Island.

Stony Brook (17-2) trailed 5-3 midway through the third quarter before scoring the next six goals to seize control of the match and secure a spot in the 11e consecutive NCAA Tournaments. The Seawolves have won the last 10 conference title games they were eligible for: eight in America East (2013-21) and two in the CAA (2023, 2024).

Ellie Masera scored three goals in the game for Stony Brook and earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the championship with 11 points over the two games. Kaylin Hart And Morgan Mitchell also had multi-point afternoons for the Seawolves. Avery Hines recorded five turnovers caused and four ground balls, while Charlotte Verhulst‘s seven draw controls helped Stony Brook take a 12-5 lead.

Drexel (13-5) scored three of the first four goals of the game – with Kate Marano taking all three into account – and led 3-2 at half-time behind 10 saves Jenika Cuocco, which ended the day with 17 stops. Marano would end the day with two goals and two assists Allison Drake also scored twice.

Drexel pushed the lead to 5-3 after one Bridget Finley goal with 9:41 left in the third quarter before a 6-0 Stony Brook run over the next 15 minutes – with the six goals coming from the sticks of five different players – put the hosts ahead for good. Masera started scoring in the final phase before goals from Hart, Verhulst, Masera, Erin MacQuarrieand Mitchell made it 9-5 Stony Brook with 11:58 to play.

Stony Brook played in its second straight CAA title game since joining the league; Drexel appeared in the conference finals for the third time in four years. The win was Stony Brook’s fourth over a team ranked in the RPI top 25 (Syracuse, Drexel, Stanford, Drexel); the Dragons have two of their own (Penn State, Navy). The Seawolves and Dragons both enter Selection Sunday with top-15 scoring defenses.

The 15 combined goals in the title game are the fewest since Towson beat Hofstra 9-4 to win the 2013 championship, and the fewest in a CAA final in the shot-clock era.

Both teams await their NCAA Tournament matchups and destinations during the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Selection Show on Sunday at 9 PM on ESPN2.

2024 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship

Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium – Stony Brook, NY

Thursday May 2 – Semi-finals
No. 1 Stony Brook 17, No. 4 Elon 4
No. 2 Drexel 18, No. 3 Hofstra 9

Saturday May 4 – Final
No. 1 Stony Brook 9, No. 2 Drexel 6

Team for all tournaments
Ellie Masera, Stony Brook (Most Outstanding Player)
Kailyn Hart, Stony Brook
Clare Levy, Stony Brook
Charlotte Verhulst, Stony Brook
Corinne Bednarik, Drexel
Jenika Cuocco, Drexel
Camryn Ryan, Drexel
Kailee Follette, Elon
MJ Santa Barbara, Elon
Kristen Redding, Hofstra
Kerry Walser, Hofstra

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