Tundo Propels Stony Brook to America East Title
Despite sub-.500 record, Seawolves headed to NCAA tournament
from press releases
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Jeff Tundo scored four goals and added an assist to lead Stony Brook to a 14-8 win over Albany in the America East Conference men's lacrosse championship game Saturday at LaValle Stadium. Goalie Sean Brady, named the championship's most outstanding player, made 11 saves in a complete-game performance. Stony Brook (7-9) earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, becoming just the third team in history to reach the tournament with a record under .500. (Hobart did it in 2002 and Providence in 2007.)
"In a transition year with the graduation of the best senior class in school history and a change in coaching staff, it's hard to predict what's going to happen," Seawolves head coach Jim Nagle said. "Considering all the one-goal games and the slow start to the season, it's nice that we played our best game of the season when it mattered most."
Albany's America East Player of the Year Joe Resetarits was held to one goal and one assist by the Seawolves, but ends his career scoring a goal in 49 consecutive games.
Stony Brook scored first, as Matt Bellando picked up a ground ball in front of the Albany net and found the back of the net at 6:10. Bellando doubled the score for the Seawolves, taking an assist from Robbie Campbell with 3:29 left to play in the first.
Miles Thompson got Albany on the board with 1:30 left to play in the first, taking an assist from Joe Resetarits. However, Cole Millican picked up the ball after a Albany turnover and found the back of the net to give Stony Brook a 3-1 lead after one.
Tundo gave the Seawolves a 4-1 advantage with an unassisted goal at 12:21 of the second quarter. Albany cut the lead to 4-2 at 10:24, getting a Thompson-from-Thompson goal - Lyle finding the back of the net off an assist from brother Miles. Lyle added his second of the game with just over eight minutes left to play, getting an unassisted shot past Stony Brook goalkeeper Sean Brady to cut the deficit to 4-3. Resetarits scored his first goal of the game, tying the score at 4-4 with 3:30 left to play in the second.
However, Stony Brook responded with an unassisted shot from Tundo, with just under two minutes on the clock. Ty and Lyle Thompson connected with eight seconds left to play in the half to tie the game at 5-5 at the break.
Russ Bonanno broke the tie to start the second half, with an unassisted goal at 13:01 of the third quarter, before Tundo put the Seawolves on top by two, 7-5, at 8:39.
JJ Laforet came up with the faceoff win after the Tundo goal, and drove down to score, giving Stony Brook a three-goal advantage with 8:23 to play in the third. The Seawolves tacked on back-to-back goals, pushing the lead to 10-5 with 3:11 left. As the clock wound down under a minute, Tundo passed the ball to a jumping Mike Rooney, who converted a shot behind Albany goalkeeper Max Huber.
The Seawolves continued to roll into the fourth quarter, getting a goal from Graham Adams at 12:05 to put Stony Brook up, 12-5. Albany finally ended its scoring drought, getting another goal from Ty Thompson, with an assist to Miles, pulling within 12-6 at 11:47. Robbie Campbell tacked on another goal with 8:27 left to play to push the Stony Brook lead to 13-6.
Albany's Will Fuller took an assist from Lyle Thompson off the faceoff win to pull back within six with just over eight minutes to play. Fuller scored his second of the game with an assist from Miles Thompson to cut the lead to 13-8 with 6:12 remaining.
But Tundo netted his fourth with 1:45 on the clock, and the Seawolves held on for the 14-8 victory.
The stats were fairly even across the board, with Stony Brook only outshooting Albany by one, 35-34, and winning one more faceoff, going 13-of-25. The Seawolves did hold the advantage in ground balls, 36-26.