April 10, 2010

Stony Brook Edges Hartford 15-12

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) scored a career-high six goals and junior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia) tied a career-high with five as the #14/17 (IL/USILA) Stony Brook men’s lacrosse topped Hartford, 15-12, in America East action at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday night.  Compitello also recorded two assists, setting a new career-high in points (8).  Aidan Genik led Hartford (3-7, 0-2) with five goals.

“It’s great to start out conference play 2-0,” head coach Rick Sowell said.  “It’s a credit to our team that we had 15 goals without Jordan McBride scoring.  “We came out in the third quarter and caused some turnovers and held them to just one goal.  It was a good team effort.”

The Seawolves have now won at least seven games for a seventh straight season and two conference games to open the season for the first time since 2006.

Stony Brook (7-3, 2-0) jumped out to a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter.  Its first three goals, scored by Compitello, sophomore Kyle Belton (Langley, British Columbia) and senior Steven Waldeck (Levittown, N.Y.), came just 22 seconds apart.  Hartford scored three straight to trail by one after one quarter.

Crowley scored back-to-back unassisted goals before Hartford scored twice to make it 6-5.  Compitello scored off an assist from Belton as the Seawolves, who scored at least four goals in a quarter for the 17th time this season, led 7-6 at halftime.

Hartford, which got a goal from Carter Bender at 7:52 of the second quarter, was held scoreless for over 17 minutes of game action.  Stony Brook took advantage, outscoring the visitors, 5-1, in the third quarter.  Compitello scored three of his six goals in the third quarter as Stony Brook led 12-7.  Senior Charlie Paar (Huntington, N.Y.) made three saves in the third quarter and finished the game with 10.

Hartford and Stony Brook combined to total eight goals in the fourth quarter, but Stony Brook had an answer for every Hartford goal when it counted.  After Justin Bearse cut the lead to 12-8, Crowley answered back 46 seconds later when he scored on an assist from sophomore Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia).  Genik scored Hartford’s next two goals, but junior Timmy Trenkle (Commack N.Y.) and Compitello each scored to make it 15-10 with 3:57 left in regulation.  Genik, again, scored the Hawks’ next two goals, but it was not enough.  Genik was named Hartford’s America East Player of the Game.

The Seawolves recorded 40 ground balls led by Waldeck’s eight.  Of the 20 players who saw action for Stony Brook, 17 tallied at least one ground ball.  Waldeck added three caused turnovers.  Tim Fallon had a game-high 10 ground balls for the Hawks.

Crowley, who finished the game with seven points, is now tied with McBride for fifth in school history with 148 points.

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