May 1, 2010

Stony Brook Clinches First AE Season Title

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Junior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia) tied a career-high with five goals and senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) tallied a goal and five assists, a career-high, to lead the #8/8 (Nike/Inside Lacrosse/USILA Coaches) Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to a 16-10 victory over Vermont on Saturday evening at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Junior Timmy Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.), sophomore Kyle Belton (Langley, British Columbia) and sophomore Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia) each recorded two goals.

The Seawolves (10-3, 5-0 America East) claim their first ever America East regular-season title and win 10 games for the first time in five seasons. Derek Lichtfuss led Vermont (3-12, 2-3) with three goals and an assist.

"We're playing the best lacrosse at the time of year we want to," head coach Rick Sowell said. "Now the real season starts."

Nine different players scored for Stony Brook in the game, including five in the first quarter, as the Seawolves built a 6-0 lead. Trenkle scored both of his goals in the first 15 minutes and senior Paul Randazzo (Smithtown, N.Y.) also tallied a goal, his first as a Seawolf.

Crowley's second of the night gave SBU a 7-0 advantage off an assist from Compitello, who had three first-half assists. The goal from Crowley made it 22 unanswered goals by Stony Brook.
A.J. Masson scored for Vermont at 11:21 of the second quarter. The goal was the first scored by an opponent against Stony Brook in 71:21 of game action.

Vermont trimmed the lead to 7-3, and trailed 8-4 at halftime.

Stony Brook answered, though, with seven straight goals for the second time tonight, as it took a 10-goal lead, 15-5, its biggest of the night. Six different Seawolves scored during the streak, including junior Brett Drost's (Wading River, N.Y.) first collegiate goal. Crowley capped the spurt, as he did in the first half, this time coming from Trenkle, who finished with two assists.

The Catamounts scored four straight goals to cut the lead to six, 15-9, but Crowley scored the third of Stony Brook's three man-up goals to seal the deal. Crowley's final tally of the night gave him 40 for the season, a new career-high, and scored five goals for the third time this season.

Senior Charlie Paar (Huntington, N.Y.) made 10 saves. Senior Chris Gignilliat (Cicero, N.Y.) recorded a career-high five ground balls.

Stony Brook, seeded first in the America East Men's Lacrosse Championship, will host #4 Vermont on Wednesday at a time to be determined.

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