COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The purple reign is over.
Stony Brook rallied from three goals down early in the second half before getting a goal from senior attacker Nicole Barretta with 4:41 left in overtime to give the Seawolves a 10-9 victory and knock defending national champion James Madison out of the NCAA Tournament.
The first-round victory means Stony Brook will face top-seeded Maryland on Sunday while JMU, which advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA appearance, finished the season 16-4.
“To be the defending national champions, we had a target on our back all year long,” JMU coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe said. “I’m really proud of my team for standing up to that. We give credit to Stony Brook, they did what it took to win at the end of the game, but I’m proud of my team.”
For while it looked like the Dukes had the momentum needed to advance and get another shot at the Terps, who knocked off JMU in March. Madison scored four straight goals in a run that stretched from late in the first half into the second, and it looked as though the Dukes had just made it a four-goal lead with 26:37 left in the game as Hanna Haven took the ball near midfield and barrelled her way through defenders to the front of the crease where she fired one into the back of the net.
The celebration ended soon, as Haven was dealt a yellow card for a dangerous shot and sent to the sideline for two minutes. After another JMU yellow card, Stony Brook’s All-American candidate Ally Kennedy scored with a player advantage to keep the Seawolves within striking distance.
“It was an unfortunate call,” Klaes-Bawcombe said. “That’s the reality of our game. I thought Hanna had a heads up play right there. She put the team on her shoulders and there was a little bit of contact, but it was not a yellow card foul that they called. But that’s the game. We have to be able to manage that. Great teams use that to their advantage and I think Stony Brook did.”
Both defenses were in lockdown mode from the start. Haven came up with a goal, followed by an assist to Logan Brennan in the span of 40 seconds about 12 minutes into the game to put JMU ahead 2-1.
But looks at the cage were otherwise limited for the Dukes in the first period and after the Seawolves got a goal from Kennedy to tie it, they took the lead with nine minutes left in the half when a pass from midfielder Sabrina Tabasso missed its target, but instead went past an obstructed Molly Dougherty and into the goal.
Dougherty, though, was mostly phenomenal in the cage. The redshirt sophomore made 11 saves, including some at close range.
“How great was their goalie,” Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. “When you’re playing against a zone like that and they’re goalie is making those kind of saves the tendency is to white-knuckle your stick, and when you white-knuckle your stick it becomes even tougher. She was incredible today.”
The Dukes offense picked it up late in the first as Maddie McDaniel scored twice in the final two minutes, once when a rebound bounced off her stick and slowly rolled in, and another on a shot fired past Stony Brook’s Anna Tesoriero with 12 seconds left to put JMU ahead 5-3 at halftime.
The second half saw the Dukes quickly open up a three-goal lead, but they couldn’t put Stony Brook away as the standouts who led their teams all year long continued to come up big with the season on the line.
Haven finished her JMU career with a pair of goals and two assists while McDaniel’s incredible late-season play continued with four goals and nine draw control wins, enough to give her the Colonial Athletic Association single-season record with 127.
But Kennedy’s four goals and final draw control to open overtime put the Seawolves in position for Barretta to win it.