NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Facing the stingiest defense in the nation Wednesday night at Reese Stadium, the Yale women's lacrosse team managed to keep its string of reaching double digit goals intact -- scoring 10 against No. 7 Stony Brook. That was the most goals the undefeated Seawolves have allowed in nearly a year. But in the end SBU's powerful offense ruled the day, as sisters Kylie and Taryn Ohlmiller combined for 11 goals and the Seawolves came away with a 20-10 win. Senior attacker Tess McEvoy led the Bulldogs with six points (4-2-6). Junior attacker Kiwi Comizio added a career-high four goals, and sophomore attacker Izzy Nixon had two goals and two assists.
Stony Brook (5-0, 0-0 America East) had just lost attacker Courtney Murphy -- whose 246 career goals place her 14th in NCAA history -- to an injury in Sunday's 13-5 win against No. 14 Northwestern. The Seawolves thus gave Taryn Ohlmiller her second start of the season, and she wound up proving to be quite the complement to her All-American sister on attack. Yale tied the game 4-4 at 19:27 on a goal by Nixon, but Stony Brook closed out the half with an 11-1 run -- including four goals by Kylie Ohlmiller and a pair by Taryn Ohlmiller.
After being outshot 23-10 and outscored 15-5 in the first half, Yale (3-3, 0-1 Ivy League) made sure that the second half was a different story. A pair of goals by Comizio got the half off to a good start, and the Bulldogs wound up outshooting the Seawolves 15-13 for that frame. Each team scored five goals. That was obviously not enough for the comeback Yale needed, but even finishing with 10 goals against the Seawolves is no easy feat. Stony Brook entered the week leading the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 5.50 goals per game. The last time SBU allowed 10 or more goals in a game was a 14-10 loss to then-No. 9 USC Mar. 14, 2016.
Senior attacker Hope Hanley had a team-high three assists, and sophomore midfielder Amanda Bosland added one. Led by five draws from junior midfielder Madeleine Gramigna and four from senior defender Marisa Cresham, Yale had a 19-12 advantage on draw controls.
Yale returns to action next Monday with a 2:00 p.m. game at Niagara.