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Bulldogs fall to eighth-seeded Stony Brook, 21-6, in NCAA First Round Friday

Photo by Gretchen McMahon Photography
Photo by Gretchen McMahon Photography
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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Sophomore leading scorer Jess DeMeo (Mount Sinai, N.Y.) scored four goals while junior netminder Samantha Santeramo (Wantagh, N.Y.) faced 36 shots as the Bryant University women's lacrosse team dropped a 21-6 decision to fourth-ranked and eighth-seeded Stony Brook University in the NCAA First Round Friday afternoon.

The Bulldogs (13-5) kept the game close through the opening 15 minutes, matching Stony Book (19-1) nearly goal-for-goal en route to just a 5-4 disadvantage. But the Seawolves would rip off 10-straight scores spanning the two halves to break the game open and advance to Sunday's second round.

Junior attack Catlin Brown (San Diego, Calif.) and sophomore midfielder Lauren Britton (Monmouth Beach, N.J.) were the only other Bryant scorers after DeMeo's quartet, as Stony Brook held prolific rookie scorer Caitlin Breglia (Long Beach, N.Y.) off the scoreboard. Santeramo made six saves in the outing.

Dorrien Van Dyke found the back of the net seven times for the Seawolves, with Taryn Ohlmiller (4), Kylie Ohlmiller (3) and Kristin Yevoli (3) all recording hat tricks. Anna Tesoriero made two saves to record the win.

After a quick 2-0 start for Stony Brook, the Bulldogs would regroup in the opening minutes, with DeMeo taking a pass from senior midfielder Shannon Sullivan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and finding net just four minutes into the game to cut the hosts' lead in half, 2-1.

After two more tallies from Ally Kennedy and Taryn Ohlmiller, Bryant would pull a surging Seawolves side back again. After a pass to DeMeo from senior Ali Cardinal (Schenectady, N.Y.) from behind the net got knocked down, the NEC Offensive Player of the Year scooped up the loose ball out in front and deposited it past Tesoriero to cut the margin to 4-2 with 22:19 left in the first.

Brown would give the Bulldogs a lift minutes later when her shot deflected off a defender and into the net to trim Stony Brook's lead to just one, 4-3, with just over 10 minutes gone in the first.

Kylie Ohlmiller answered the goal with her second score of the day, but senior attack Emily Columbus (East Northport, N.Y.) and DeMeo would connect 90 seconds later, with the sophomore taking the feed and fighting through traffic in the lane to rip off a high shot that snuck over Tesoriero's shoulder to move the score to 5-4 at the midway point of the half.

But the Seawolves would take over from there, scoring seven-straight goals and winning draws to limit the Bulldogs' offensive possessions and blow the game wide open, taking a 12-4 advantage into the intermission.

The Stony Brook offense would open the second with three more goals before DeMeo put an end to the host's 10-goal run with 24:05 remaining in regulation, netting her first free position attempt of the contest to cut the margin to 15-5.

Britton would take a pass from Brown five yards in front of the goal and deposit a low shot into the net to cut the margin to nine, 15-6, with 19 to play, but three-straight free position goals from the Seawolves would re-up that lead with 14 minutes remaining.

The Seawolves would finish the game with six unanswered scores en route to the 21-6 final, five of them coming from Van Dyke (3) and Emma Schait (2).

The Seawolves would outshoot the Bulldogs, 36-11, on the day and dominated the draw, 22-7. Bryant picked up eight ground balls, led by three from Santeramo, and was a perfect 12-for-12 on the clear.

The Bulldogs finish the season with a 13-5 overall record and were a perfect 7-0 in Northeast Conference play. Bryant posted a nine-game win streak from April 7-May 7 en route to its third NEC Tournament title and NCAA tournament berth in the last four years. The 2017 senior class leaves the program having posted a 55-19 four-year record.