Stony Brook Dominates in Handing Rutgers First Loss
Led by a career day from senior Matt Schultz, Stony Brook won in dominating fashion over previously unbeaten and 19th-ranked Rutgers Friday night, downing the Scarlet Knights 15-6 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
The loss leaves just six remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA DI men's lacrosse. Two of them - No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Denver - play each other on Sunday. The other three - Towson, Brown and Yale - all play on Saturday.
Schultz scored four goals and assisted another three on the day to lead the offensive charge, while the Seawolves' defense held Rutgers to half of their previous low scoring total on the season. After going down 3-0 in the first quarter, Stony Brook (4-1) scored the next five goals to lead by a pair at the break. Rutgers (5-1) got one back early in the third quarter, but a 7-1 run the rest of the period all but iced the victory for Stony Brook.
"You definitely feel the momentum swing our way when we scored goals in bunches," Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle said. "I thought our team played really well and showed a lot of hustle and fight. I know the score ended 15-6, but that was a tough game to play."
Alex Corpolongo joined Schultz in scoring four times for the Seawolves, with Brody Eastwood chipping in a hat trick of his own. In total, nine players scored or had an assist for Stony Brook.
During the decisive third quarter, which saw a one-goal Stony Brook lead baloon all the way to 12-5, the Seawolves held a 12-2 advantage in the ground ball battle, and out-shot Rutgers 12-6. Zach Oliveri and Brandon Maciejewski split time in cage to earn the win, with each stopping five shots in 30 minutes of action.
Christian Trasolini had two goals and two assists for Rutgers in the loss, while Adam Charalambides had two goals and an assist.
The Scarlet Knights will look to get back on track with a trip to Princeton on Monday at 7 p.m. Stony Brook will play Long Island neighbor Hofstra on Tuesday - the first meeting between the schools since 2009.
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