Saturday, April 7, 2012

Rooney, Brady lead Men's Lacrosse past Binghamton, 13-5

Vestal, N.Y. - Redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) scored a career-high five goals and three other players scored two goals as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team (3-7, 2-0 America East) topped Binghamton (3-7, 0-2), 13-5, Saturday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Rooney, whose previous career-best was three goals, has totaled 20 points in his last five games. He added an assist for a career-best six points on the evening.
Freshman Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.) and seniors Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.) and Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia) also tallied two goals for Stony Brook, which hasn't lost a regular season conference game since April 29, 2009, a span of 16 games.
Junior Sean Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y.) played his best game in a Stony Brook uniform, stopping a career-best 17 shots.
After scoring in double figures just once in the first six games, Stony Brook has scored 10 or more in four straight.
The win gives Stony Brook eight straight over Binghamton, which last beat the Seawolves, 9-8, on April 30, 2005. Brandon Planck led the Bearcats with two goals.
"Tonight's effort was an unselfish one," coach Jim Nagle said. "A guy like Jeff Tundo (three assists), who sacrificed his point total to take more draws for us, has been instrumental during our two-game winning streak. Sean Brady was outstanding, and that's why he and Jeff received game balls."
Stony Brook jumped out to a 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the game. Senior Adam Dahms (Herndon, Va.) gave the Seawolves a 4-0, dodging his defender and scoring far side for his first goal of the season. SBU scored goals on four of its first five shots.
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Binghamton cut the deficit to 4-2 with just over a minute to play in the first quarter. Senior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.) scored off a feed from senior Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia), capping five first-half goals from five different players.
Campbell added a second goal to make it 6-2. On the ensuing possession for Binghamton, Tyler Perrelle was stripped as senior Jared LeVerne (Syosset, N.Y.) approached the ball. Facing the Stony Brook goal and with his back to the field, LeVerne executed a perfect outlet pass to junior Nick Watson (Manchester, England), who started the transition opportunity. Precision passing led to redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) finding Bellando for his second of the day and a 7-2 Stony Brook lead.
Binghamton got as close as 7-3 after Perrelle's goal at 8:32 of the third quarter. Stony Brook scored six straight after that, including four from Rooney.
Stony Brook scored three man-up goals, upping its season total to 18.
Stony Brook will travel south to face UMBC next Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m.