Monday, March 5, 2012
Hillier scores four but Stony Brook falls to #5 Duke, 9-8
Having already shocked the women's lacrosse world Saturday with a win over then-No. 20 Johns Hopkins, Stony Brook was looking to prove it wasn't just a one-game wonder.
Enter the No. 5 Duke Blue Devils, fresh off an NCAA Final Four appearance.
The Seawolves nearly pulled off their second stunner in three days, but Duke overcame a two-goal deficit in the second half for a 9-8 win Monday at LaValle Stadium.
Makenzie Hommel scored the winner for the Blue Devils (6-2) off a feed from St. Anthony's graduate Kerrin Maurer with 5:31 left.
"I'm proud of my kids. They played their hearts out. But it's not acceptable that we lost," Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. "I'm not in the business and they're not in the business of being close to the best teams; we want to beat the best teams."
Janine Hillier led Stony Brook (5-1) with four goals, including an unassisted score that tied the game at 8 with 8:45 to go. Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook added two goals each for Stony Brook.
Emma Hamm and Taylor Trimble each scored twice for Duke.
"Losing by one to the No. 5 team in the country proves [we are for real]," Hillier said. "We stuck with them. We deserved to win that game. We don't like to lose."
With Stony Brook trailing 4-3 at the half, Hillier scored three of her goals and Petersen notched her second goal in the first 11:17 of the second to give Stony Brook a 7-5 lead with 18:43 left.
Duke scored the next three goals to take an 8-7 advantage at the 10:02 mark.
Duke coach Kerstin Kimel was impressed with the Seawolves.
"Even though they have a lot of young players, they play with poise and experience," she said. "You can't help but be impressed with the way they play."