Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Men's lacrosse tops Siena to win third straight

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Freshman Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) scored a career-high five goals to lead the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to an 11-9 win over Siena at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Tuesday.  The Seawolves (4-2) have won three straight games and will take on No. 1 Maryland Sunday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Eastwood, who has three hat tricks this season, tallied three of his five goals in the first half, including two on man-up situations.
Sophomore Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) and senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) each posted two goals and an assist.  Freshman Challen Rogers(Coquitlam, British Columbia) tallied three assists for a second straight game.
Richie Hurley had three goals and Nate Barry added two goals and two assists for Siena (1-4).
Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction
"All in all, I thought this was a well-played March game.  Siena is an offensively-potent squad, so to be able to hold them to nine goals is good to see.  I'm excited to be 4-2, considering the stretch of games we've played, but we still need to improve a number of things.  We're going to get ready and have some fun playing Maryland on Sunday."
Turning Point
  • Siena cut a three-goal Stony Brook lead to 6-6 after Hurley's second of the day.  Three minutes later, freshman Dan Shaughnessy(Sudbury, Mass.) save on Kieran Donohue's shot led the Seawolves in transition as Rooney's sixth goal of the season gave SBU a lead it didn't relinquish.  Eastwood and Rooney each scored fourth-quarter goals to give Stony Brook a pair of three-goal leads.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook hit the post five times against Siena, including three from Tundo, who is two goals shy of tying last year's total of 17.
  • Stony Brook tied a season-low with 11 turnovers.
  • The Seawolves enjoyed their best performance of the season clearing the ball, recording 20 of 22 successful clears.
  • Stony Brook won the ground ball battle (35-28) for a second straight game.  Freshman Tom Monzo (Flourtown, Pa.) (5) and junior George Benitez (Darien, Conn.) (3) each recorded career-highs in ground balls.
  • Stony Brook's starting attack accounted for eight goals and an assist.  The trio had only one goal at Rutgers.
News & Notes
  • Stony Brook is 8-1 all-time against Siena, including a 5-0 mark at home.
Up Next
  • Sunday's game at Maryland will be televised live on ESPN3 at 12 p.m.