Pressure can mount on a team when there are multiple streaks on the line in a game. But, the Seawolves played through 60 minutes of action like it was not completely important to them. They focused on what was more important: winning a game to survive and advance.
The Seawolves played their first tournament home game since the 2nd round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament after they defeated UPenn 18-5. After receiving a national seed once again this season and drawing the Towson Tigers to begin the 2021 tournament, they once again proved why they are one of the toughest defenses to break through in the nation.
The Tigers entered the tournament without their leading scorer Blaire Pearre after she suffered a knee injury in Towson’s CAA semifinal loss to Drexel. Without their star sophomore midfielder, the Tigers had to rely on their other contributors, such as the star draw controller, freshman midfielder Lindsey Marshall, who finished the season with over 100 draw control wins. The Tigers also relied on the sister tandem of Kerri and Nicole Liucci and Kerri and Kaitlyn Thornton.
Marshall allowed the Tigers to strike first after a failed clear by the Seawolves allowed Towson to capitalize quickly. However, the Seawolves were able to respond by scoring 5 of the last 6 goals scored throughout the rest of the first half. After the Tigers cut the deficit to 3-2 with 10:43 left in the first half, the Seawolves went on 6-0 scoring run that lasted until the 21:17 mark of the 2nd half when Lindsey Marshall broke the scoring drought and got her second goal of the game while her team was a player-up.
Despite Lindsey Marshall stepping up along with Carly Merlo’s 12-save performance, it was not enough to limit Stony Brook’s offense after graduate attacker Taryn Ohlmiller, midfielder Ally Kennedy, and Senior midfielder Kaeli Huff hit the hat trick with Ohlmiller leading the way with 4 goals and 3 assists, combining for 7 points on the day and 91 on the season. Faced with 15 shots on goal by the Tigers, Seawolves goalie Kameron Halsall saved 7 shots while allowing 8 goals.
Towson falls to 9-9 with their season at an end and are still without a win all-time against Stony Brook. The Seawolves maintain their three perfect records: all-time vs. Towson moves to 8-0, home record on the season at 9-0, and Round 1 games at 8-0.
With the win, the Seawolves will host the second round of the NCAA Tournament at LaValle Stadium against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who defeated the Drexel Dragons 16-13 after trailing 7-6 at halftime. First face-off begins at noon on ESPN3 and 90.1 FM WUSB. The winner will advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals next Saturday or Sunday to face the winner of #1 North Carolina and James Madison.