March 5, 2011

Compitello's Return Bolsters Stony Brook

from press release

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Behind four goals from senior Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) and three goals from senior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia), seventh-ranked Stony Brook beat Marist, 13-7, in men's lacrosse action at Tenney Stadium on Saturday.

McBride, who did not score in last week's loss to Virginia, added an assist as he upped his career goal total to 138. Crowley now has 184 points, inching closer to the school record of 201, set by Jason Cappadoro in 2006.

Senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.), who did not play against the Cavaliers last week, bolstered the Seawolves' offense with a game-high three assists. Senior Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) continued his face-off prowess, winning 18-of-21 draws. Rand, who was named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list along with McBride, Crowley and Compitello, has won 35 of 47 (.745) faceoffs this season.

"I think Tom Compitello's presence in the lineup was a big factor," head coach Rick Sowell said. "I know he's going to help Jordan going forward. Today we tried to get Jordan some looks in transition and he was able to score a few. It took Adam Rand a while to get adjusted to the new faceoff rules, but he's made that adjustment and continued to be the player of old."

McBride scored Stony Brook's first two goals, as the game was tied at two after one quarter. Senior Timmy Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.) tied the game at three with an unassisted goal at 9:25 of the second quarter.

Marist's Jim Marks and Corey Zindel each scored off assists from Bob van Hoffmann, as the Red Foxes led 5-3. McBride's third of the game with 2:46 left in the first half made it a 5-4 game.

A man-up goal from McBride to Crowley, the 15th time they've connected for a goal, cut the Marist lead to 6-5. Morgan Faller's goal at 4:36 of the third quarter made it 7-5 before the Seawolves effectively shut the door on the Red Foxes.

Stony Brook controlled possession for the rest of the quarter, as juniors Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia) and Graham Adams (Royal Oak, Mich.) and Crowley scored, giving Stony Brook an 8-7 lead. Campbell's goal was the first of eight straight goals to end the game.

Senior Brett Drost (Wading River, N.Y.) scored his fourth of the season, off an assist from junior Jared LeVerne (Jericho, N.Y.), to make it a 9-7 game. Following the goal, Drost drew a penalty giving the Seawolves possession. Nine seconds later, Compitello found Trenkle for the goal.

Freshman Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.) scored his first collegiate goal with 3:51 left in the game. McBride and Crowley also scored in the fourth quarter, as Stony Brook held Marist scoreless for the final 19:36 of the game.

Junior Kyle Moeller (South Setauket, N.Y.) led Stony Brook's defense with two ground balls and three caused turnovers. The Seawolves won the ground ball total, 29-12, and were 3-of-5 on extra-man opportunities.

The Seawolves return to Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium for their next game, as they take on Delaware at 1:00 p.m.


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