Saturday, May 5, 2012

Stony Brook Men's Lacrosse tops Albany 14-8 for America East Championship

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook used a 7-0 second-half run and received a solid performance in the cage from the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, Sean Brady, en route to a 14-8 win over Albany in the America East Men’s Lacrosse Championship game at LaValle Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, Stony Brook locks up its third America East title and second in the last three years. The Seawolves now await their NCAA Tournament first-round opponent which will be announced Sunday night at 9 p.m. on ESPNU.

The Seawolves stormed out of the locker room after halftime and got goals from six different players during that 7-0 outburst including two by JJ Laforet. In total, Stony Brook outscored Albany 9-3 in the second half.

Brady made 11 saves against Great Danes, including many at point-blank range, to allow his offense to go to work.

Jeff Tundo, an all-tournament team member, scored four goals and added an assist for five points to lead the Seawolves’ offensive attack that featured eight different goal scorers.

Albany’s Lyle Thompson, also named to the all-tournament team, dished out three assists and scored a goal while his cousin Ty tallied a hat trick.

Just as he did in the semifinals versus Hartford, Matt Belando scored Stony Brook’s first two goals and staked his Seawolves out to a 2-0 lead with just over four minutes left in the first quarter. Miles Thompson got Albany on the board with a quick strike from the left side on a feed from Player of the Year Joe Resetarits.

Stony Brook ended the quarter with all the momentum, however, as Cole Millican broke into the offensive zone and blasted a low shot past Albany’s Max Huber with one second left to give the Seawolves a 3-1 lead after one.

Albany outscored Stony Brook 4-2 in the second quarter thanks to three points from Lyle Thompson. The freshman scored a goal and assisted on two more – one to Ty Thompson and the other to Resetarits. Tundo scored both of Stony Brook’s goals and the game went to halftime deadlocked at 5.

After the break, Stony Brook went on a tear outscoring the Danes 6-0 in the third quarter. Laforet won two draws before racing in on goal to finish the scoring chances. 2012 Rookie of the Year Mike Rooney closed out the scoring in the third for Stony Brook, catching a pass from Tundo and shooting in mid-air to make the score 12-5 at the end of three.

The Seawolf attack continued into the fourth quarter when Rooney found Graham Adams, stretching the run to 7-0. Miles and Ty Thompson connected to get Albany on the scoreboard in the second half and Will Fuller added two goals for the Danes but the Stony Brook offense would not be denied. Robbie Campbell answered Ty Thompson’s goal and Tundo capped off his four-goal afternoon with an empty-netter with less than two minutes left.

Stony Brook’s Brady, Laforet, and Tundo are joined on the all-championship team by teammate Kyle Moeller, Albany’s Lyle Thompson, Resetarits and Travis Lyons, UMBC’s Scott Jones and Phile Poe and Hartford’s Tate Kildonas and Ben Knapton.