#Seawolves top Hartford, 14-10, to earn final berth in America East Championship

Sophomore Dylan Curry had a goal and five ground balls to help Stony Brook beat Hartford
 
Sophomore Dylan Curry had a goal and five ground balls to help Stony Brook beat Hartford
 
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April 25, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Faced with a must-win game, the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team defeated Hartford, 14-10, Friday night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. With the win, the Seawolves (6-9, 2-3) earned the fourth and final seed in next week's America East Championship, which will be played at Stony Brook.

Sophomore Chris Hughes (Oceanside, N.Y.) and junior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) each scored three goals for Stony Brook, which received goals from nine different players.

Sophomore Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) added two goals.

Sophomore Dylan Curry (East Meadow, N.Y.) and senior Dominic Cerasi (Centereach, N.Y.), both long-stick midfielders, scored a goal and had an assist, respectively.

Four different players had two goals apiece for Hartford (6-9, 1-4), including a pair from Andrew Cacchio. Kevin O'Shea had a goal and a game-high five assists.

Head Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction
"I thought today's effort, especially on the defensive end, was very good. The last couple of games we've gone ahead early and lost and today we fell behind early and won so I guess I'll take the latter. All of the goals we set are still in front of us."

Turning Point
Hartford took a 2-0 lead with 9:52 left in the first quarter. Stony Brook scored three straight, including Rooney's goal 34 seconds into the second quarter. The goal gave the Seawolves a lead they never relinquished. Freshman Kyle Rowe's (Vienna, Va.) goal off the draw gave Stony Brook its first five-goal lead of the game, 12-7, with 53 seconds left in the third.

Hartford scored twice to make it a three-goal game, but freshman Ryan Bitzer (Riverhead, N.Y.) answered 29 seconds later with a goal coming counter-clockwise from "X".

By The Numbers
• Rowe went 17 of 28 from the 'X' and tallied 13 ground balls
• Hughes tallied a hat trick for a second straight week. He had four goals last week at Binghamton
• Bitzer recorded a career-high three points (1g, 2a). He had three points coming into tonight's game
• Stony Brook scored five goals apiece in the second and third quarters
• Junior Mike Andreassi (Holbrook, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists
• Stony Brook won the ground ball battle, 39-34
• Four goals were scored in a 32-second span in the second quarter.  Each team scored twice during that span

News & Notes
• Sophomore Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) extended his consecutive point streak to 31 games
• Stony Brook will make its 14th straight appearance in the America East Championship. It has reached the conference tournament every year since joining the conference in 2000

Up Next
The Seawolves will play the winner of Binghamton/Albany, which will be played tomorrow night in Albany at 7 p.m, in one semifinal next week.