May 4, 2011

Stony Brook Races Past Binghamton

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - For a third season in a row, the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team will play in the America East Championship final after defeating Binghamton, 12-8, at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Wednesday night. Senior Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) scored a game-high six goals to lead the 13th-ranked Seawolves.

Wednesday's win was the 13th straight America East victory for the Seawolves, whose last loss came in the conference championship game against UMBC on May 2, 2009.

"Our goal all season long has been to win back-to-back championships, and we're excited to have that opportunity this weekend," coach Rick Sowell said.

Stony Brook, the top seed in the America East Championship, will host #2 Hartford on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.

McBride, who has a team-best 37 goals this season, scored four in an 8-0 run as Stony Brook (10-3, 5-0) led by as many as nine, 12-3. The senior attackman has 171 goals during his career, which puts him 14th all-time in Division I history.

The six goals also were one shy of tying an America East Championship record for a game.

Senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) added two goals and an assist and senior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia), Division I's active leader in points with 229, tallied a goal and four assists. Crowley and senior Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) each had six ground balls.

Crowley's third assist of the game was the 100th of his illustrious career. He's one of just 40 players in Division I history to record 100 or more goals and assists.

Matt Springer, David Raleigh and Michael Antinozzi each had two goals for Binghamton (7-8, 3-2).

Stony Brook opened the game with a 4-0 lead before Binghamton answered with three straight to end the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter, junior Graham Adams' (Royal Oak, Mich.) man-up goal sparked the 8-0 spurt. McBride scored four of the next seven goals, with junior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.), Compitello and senior Timmy Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.) also finding the back of the net. Trenkle's goal gave Stony Brook a 12-3 lead with 14:09 left in the fourth quarter.

The Bearcats scored five straight goals to end the game.

Saturday's game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network. Matt McConnell and Evan Washburn will be on the call from LaValle Stadium.


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