Men's Lacrosse edged by Bryant, 10-9, in 2 OT
March 24, 2012
Smithfield, R.I. - Stony Brook junior Sean Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y.) was outstanding in goal, finishing with 10 saves, but Bryant's Matt Larson scored 35 seconds into double overtime to lift the Bulldogs (5-2) past the Seawolves (1-7), 10-9, Saturday at Bulldog Stadium. Redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) tallied his third hat trick of the season to lead all players.
Stony Brook trailed by as many as three goals, 5-2, 6-3 and 7-4. Sophomore Cole Millican(Sunrise, Fla.) gave Stony Brook its first lead since 1-0, 8-7, after scoring his second transition goal of the season. It was the third straight game with a point for the defensive midfielder, who capped the four-goal rally.
Brady, who relieved senior Ryan Keneally(St. James, N.Y.) to start the third quarter, played a sensational third period. He stopped all three shots he faced as Stony Brook dominated Bryant in the third.
After going scoreless for more than 24 minutes, Bryant answered with a goal in transition to tie the game at eight. But Brady was up to the task. A save on a shot by Alex Zomerfeld led to a fast break opportunity for the Seawolves. Brady found junior JJ Laforet (Georgetown, Ontario), and the long stick midfielder scored his first career goal in 31 games.
After a Stony Brook turnover, Colin Dunster scored with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at nine.
Brady stopped Dunster with two seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Brady made two sensational saves in the first overtime, one on Dunster and one on Travis Harrington.
Larson scored the game-winning goal 35 seconds into the second overtime. Mason Poli escaped two Stony Brook defenders off the face-off and found Larson for the score.
"Sean was terrific for us in the second half," coach Jim Nagle. "We struggled with some defensive lapses in the first half, but that's not an excuse. We're eight games into this season. But I still think we're heading into the right direction going into conference play."
Bryant scored five straight to take a 5-2 lead with 9:52 left in the second quarter. Sophomore Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.) ended a 15-minute drought after he scored in transition off a pass from redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.). The Bulldogs answered with a goal 18 seconds later to re-take a three-goal lead.
Rooney and Bellando connected again for a goal as Bellando found Rooney from nine yards out to make it 6-4.
Rooney's goal at 2:23 of the second quarter made it a 7-5 game.
Just 46 seconds into the third quarter, Rooney recorded his third hat trick of the season to cut the Bryant deficit to 7-6. Senior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.) tied the game at seven with his 11th of the season.
Junior Nick Watson (Manchester, England) supplied the Stony Brook offense in the first quarter, scoring both of the Seawolves goals.
Stony Brook opens America East play Saturday, March 31 against Vermont at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Face-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.