UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Laura Freigang recorded a hat-trick in the first half as No. 10 Penn State registered a 7-0 victory over the Stony Brook women at Jeffrey Field in the first round of the NCAA Division I Tournament Friday night.
With the loss, the Seawolves’ historic 2017 season comes to a close. Stony Brook won 11 games – its most since 2013 – during head coach Brendan Faherty’s second season with the program. Stony Brook won nine of its final 13 contests prior to the tournament, winning the America East championship for the second time.
“When the draw was made, we knew it was going to be a really tough game for us,” head coach Brendan Faherty said. “Back in the preseason, Penn State was one of the teams I picked to be in the Final Four, so we knew it was going to be a tough game. I don’t believe in moral victories, but I do think we had a very good year.”
Faherty added that his players “should feel great about what they accomplished this season. We spoke a lot about raising the bar as a program this year, I think we did just that.”
Freigang gave the Nittany Lions all the scoring they needed at 10:36 for her sixth goal this season. The goal was assisted by Marissa Sheva.
Freigang scored her second goal past freshman goalkeeper Sofia Manner in the 19th minute off a Megan Schafer assist.
Frannie Crouse made it 3-0, headed home a pass from Alina Ortega-Jurado for her third goal of the season at 32:22.
Freigang got her hat-trick at 38:00 as Frankie Tagliaferri set her up.
The Nittany Lions scored their fifth goal at 64:57 as Charlotte Williams scored with an assist to Crouse.
Penn State’s sixth score came with 82:49, as Tagliaferri scored with an assist from Brittany Bassinger.
Tagliaferri closed out the scoring at 83:37.