Stony Brook vs. Lafayette
March 18, 2008
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Led for the second game in a row by the goal scoring ability of freshman Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia), the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team picked up its third win in a row today with a 12-8 victory over visiting Lafayette. McBride came through with six goals and an assist to lead the 20th-ranked Seawolves to the victory.

"It was good to finally play with a lead," said Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell. "We let down a little bit in the second quarter, but we came back in the third and regained the momentum and put the game away. We could play better, but overall I was pleased. We scored 12 goals on a team that had not given up more than nine goals all year against some pretty good teams."

After a bit of a slow start to the game McBride got things going for Stony Brook (3-2) with a pair of goals. With 8:46 left in the first he took a pass from freshman Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia) and beat the Lafayette (2-4) goalie to break the scoreless deadlock. Less then a minute later McBride connected again, this time off an assist from senior Bobby Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.), to make it 2-0. Crowley and McBride made it 3-0 four minutes later, this time reversing roles to give Crowley his 10th goal of the season.

After Lafayette got on the board on a goal from Brett Djaha, McBride scored two straight, one at the end of the first quarter and another 13 seconds into the second, to put the Seawolves up 5-1. Lafayette clawed its way back into the game after that, getting a pair of goals from Steve Serling as part of a 3-0 run that brought the Leopards back within one at 5-4 with 5:16 left before the half. Stony Brook put an end to the Lafayette surge when it took advantage of a man-up opportunity, getting a score from senior Ryan Hughes (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.). Thirteen seconds later the Seawolves had a two-goal lead when McBride and Crowley teamed up again.

Stony Brook's defense came up big in the third quarter. Led by eight saves in goal by sophomore Alex Kajencki (Medfield, Mass.), the Seawolves blanked the Leopards while putting four goals up on the scoreboard. Senior Rhys Duch (Victoria, British Columbia) scored two of them as SBU took an 11-4 lead into the fourth quarter.

Sophomore Mike Palmer (Westbury, N.Y.) notched the final goal of the game for Stony Brook at the 11:59 mark of the fourth before Lafayette put in four goals over the last eight minutes, three by Tom Perini, to make the final 12-8.

McBride, who raised his goal total to 23 for the year, scored his six goals on 10 shots, finishing with seven points for Stony Brook. Crowley added four points on a goal and three assists, with Duch and Trenkle each getting three points. Freshman Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) had a solid game, winning 13-of-20 face-off attempts and picking up seven ground balls. Kajencki finished with 18 saves in goal for the Seawolves. For Lafayette, Perini led the Leopards with four goals, with Serling adding two more.

Stony Brook will continue its three-game home stand on Saturday, March 22 when it hosts Denver at 4:00 p.m. in LaValle Stadium.