Stony Brook vs. Harvard
March 3, 2007
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Ryan Hughes netted three goals and added a pair of assists to lead the Stony Brook University men's lacrosse team past Harvard, 13-8, at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The win, the Seawolves first of the year, marks the first win for head coach Rick Sowell at the helm of the Stony Brook men's lacrosse program.

"I knew this game would be a key game for us, "said head coach Rick Sowell. "It's great to see our offense get 13 goals against a good Harvard team."

After Greg Cohen tallied an unassisted goal just one minute into the game, Larry Cerasi knotted the contest at a goal apiece after a terrific individual effort just 56 seconds later. Cerasi connected with Hughes at the 11:36 mark to give the Seawolves their first lead of the game before Liam Griff's unassisted goal tied the game at two. Brooks Scholl put the Crimson on top 3-2, their last lead of the game, with 4:05 remaining in the first period. The Seawolves responded with five unanswered goals, starting with Tom Izzo's first goal of the season. Bryan Johansmeyer just beat the horn at the end of the first period as he buried a shot past Harvard netminder Joe Pike to give SB a 4-3 after the first stanza. Stony Brook opened up the second period with goals from Bo Tripodi, Rhys Duch, and Michal Trojanowski to grab a 7-3 advantage with 2:20 left in first half. During a 27 minute span throughout the first and third quarters, the Seawolves outscored Harvard 8-1 to take control of the game.

The Crimson would get as close as 10-6 after a goal by Jason Duboe with 2:58, but the Seawolves offense proved too much to as they netted key goals down the stretch, including a terrific goal as Hughes found Tripodi who fired a shot into the upper right corner of the goal with 5:06 left in the game.

Brendan Callahan was tested all game as he registered a career-high 23 saves while Harvard fired 50 shots in the contest.

Hughes' five points led the way for the Seawolves while Sean Chamberlain added a pair of goals and an assist on the afternoon. Tripodi finished with two goals as well.

Stony Brook heads west for a matchup against the Denver Pioneers next Saturday in Colorado. Face-off is slated for 1:30 p.m.