Freshman Hayden Johnstone (Toronto, Ontario) made a career-high 19 saves and junior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) led seven different goal scorers with three goals in Stony Brook's 10-7 victory over Vermont Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Johnstone stopped 12 shots in the second half as the seven Vermont goals were the fewest by a Stony Brook opponent this season.
Rooney's hat trick was the 10th of his career for Stony Brook (5-7, 1-1 America East). Sophomore Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) added two goals and his first assist of the season.
Sophomore Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) recorded a goal and two assists. Senior George Benitez (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Mark Ellis (Garden City, N.Y.) each scored their first career goals.
Ian MacKay and Graham Horvath had two goals apiece for Vermont (5-5, 0-2).
Head Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction Certainly, our performance on defense was one of the best since I've been here. That's a credit to Hayden and the guys in front of him. We did a great job closing to their shooters. I know our offense is capable of putting up good numbers and today's defensive performance showed me a ton."
Turning Point Stony Brook led 2-1 after one quarter. Rogers face-dodged his man and scored just outside the crease to make it 3-1. His goal was the first of three in a 1:49 span. MacKay's unassisted goal with 11:17 left in the second cut the lead to 5-2. Rooney's second of the day with 9:24 left made it 6-2. Eastwood capped the first-half scoring, raking in a loose ball for a 7-2 Stony Brook lead.
By The Numbers • Stony Brook scored 10 goals on 21 shots • Vermont outshot Stony Brook, 42-21 • Stony Brook recorded 34 ground balls to Vermont's 32 • The three goals allowed through three quarters were the fewest allowed by Stony Brook this season
News & Notes • Freshman Kyle Rowe (Vienna, Va.) recorded his sixth career game and third in a row with double-digit face-off wins and ground balls • Stony Brook leads the all-time series over Vermont, 14-0. The Catamounts have scored 10 or more goals twice in the series. • The Seawolves are 12-1 under Jim Nagle when holding their opponents under 10 goals • Eastwood extended his consecutive goal streak to 24 games and Rogers upped his consecutive points streak to 28 games • Stony Brook snapped its three-game losing streak • The last Stony Brook player to record 19 saves was sophomore Dan Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass.) against Virginia in 2013
Up Next Stony Brook will head upstate to face SUNY rival and No. 16 Albany on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.