Saturday, May 12, 2012

Men's Lacrosse set to face Johns Hopkins Sunday in NCAA Tournament


2012 Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship - first round
Game #17: Stony Brook Seawolves (7-9) vs. #7 Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (11-3)
Sun., May 13 • Homewood Field • Baltimore, Md. • 3 p.m.
Play by Play: Mike Corey
Color Commentary: Mark Dixon
Radio: WUSB 90.1 FM
Play by Play: Matt Mankiewich
Color Commentary: Frank Barile
Stony Brook Seawolves (7-9)
Head Coach: Jim Nagle, first season
Overall Record: 158-112
Record at SBU: 7-9
Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (11-3)
Head Coach: Dave Pietramala, 11th year
Overall Record: 160-61
Record at JHU: 137-44
About The Game: Having defeated New York State rival Albany in the America East Championship title game, the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team travels to face No. 7 Johns Hopkins in the first round of the Men's Lacrosse Championship. The Blue Jays, seeded second in the tournament, are making their 41st apperance in the tournament.

Scouting Hopkins: Johns Hopkins is led by junior Zach Palmer's 23 goals and 23 assists. Palmer, a high school teammate of junior JJ Laforet, could be the second Blue Jay since Paul Rabil in 2007 with 25 goals and 25 assists. Junior Pierce Bassett has started 37 straight games in goal, registering a 7.08 goals against average and a .542 save percentage. The Blue Jay defense has allowed only 10 or more goals twice this season - 10 to Virginia and 13 to North Carolina.

Last Time Out: Junior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored four goals and Sean Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y.) made 11 saves to lead the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to its third America East Championship with a 14-8 win over Albany. The Seawolves receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Stony Brook in the NCAA Tournament: The Seawolves are making their third appearance in the Men's Lacrosse Championship and second in the last three years. Stony Brook faced Cornell in 2002, losing to the Big Red, 12-3. In 2010, the Seawolves, seeded eighth, topped Denver, 9-7. Playing before a partisan crowd at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook lost to top-seeded Virginia, 10-9, in the quarterfinals.
Stony Brook-Johns Hopkins Series: Sunday's game will be the first all-time meeting between the two schools. Head Coach Dave Pietramala, who came to Hopkins from Cornell, led the Big Red to a 12-5 win over Stony Brook in 1999.