March 18, 2014

Stony Brook Defense Tightens Up to Beat Manhattan

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Junior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y) and sophomore Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) each scored four goals as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team pulled away late in a 12-8 win over Manhattan.

Freshman Hayden Johnstone (Toronto, Ontario) made eight of his 11 saves in the second half as the Seawolves (4-4) held the Jaspers (1-7) scoreless for a stretch of more than 35 minutes of game action.

After losing the first two face-offs of the game, freshman Kyle Rowe (Vienna, Va.), who finished a game-high 12 ground balls, dominated, winning 16 of the final 19 draws.

Freshman Matt Schultz (Smithtown, N.Y.) added three assists for Stony Brook, which is 4-2 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Patrick Hodapp had four goals to lead Manhattan.

Head Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction
"Our defense was much better in the second half. We struggled defensively in the first half and a lot that was due to Manhattan's offense."

Turning Point
Manhattan gave Stony Brook all it could handle throughout the first half and cut the Seawolves' lead to 8-7 with 8:14 left in the second. Neither team scored for the next 13 minutes of action until Rooney's third of the game off an assist from junior Mike Andreassi (Holbrook, N.Y.).

Stony Brook clamped down on defense, holding Manhattan scoreless for a stretch of 35:20 before Brett Madarasz scored with 2:50 left in the game.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook nearly doubled-up Manhattan on ground balls, owning a 47-27 advantage
• The Seawolves were 0-for-5 on EMO. They had scored at least one man-up goal in 10 of the last 11 games
• Sophomore Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) extended his consecutive point streak to 24 games with a goal and two assists
• Junior Alex Harris (Centereach, N.Y.) had a career-high six ground balls
• Freshman Alex Corpolongo (Purdys, N.Y.) made his first collegiate start and added a goal

News & Notes
• Tonight's game was the first in which a Stony Brook goalie posted at least a .500 save percentage
• Stony Brook is 4-1 all-time against Manhattan. Tonight's game was the first between the two teams since the 2002 season.
• Eastwood tallied his 15th hat trick in 24 games

Up Next
Stony Brook wraps up its two-game homestand against St. John's on Saturday. Game-time is 1 p.m.

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