Stony Brook vs. Lehigh
March 4, 2009
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook and Lehigh had to wait an extra day play due to this week's snow storm, but the wait was worth it for the Seawolves who scored eight times in the first quarter and never looked back in a 16-6 men's lacrosse victory in LaValle Stadium. Sophomore Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, B.C.) had a career-high four goals, three in the first quarter, to lead Stony Brook to its first win of the season.

"It was a good win, I can tell you that," said Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell. "We were hoping that the things we learned in our first two games would start to pay off for us, so it was nice to see some of those things come together for us. It was good to see our offense take control of the game early. Overall it was a good win for us."

It was Lehigh (0-4) that scored first, however, getting a goal from Max Dahlem after a Stony Brook turnover in its offensive end three minutes into the game. But it was all Seawolves after that, as Stony Brook (1-2) struck for what turned out to be 10 straight goals. Crowley scored after a Stony Brook face-off win on the team's first shot of the game just 54 seconds after Lehigh had taken the lead. Sophomore Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) won the ensuing face-off, picked up the ground ball and took it all the way in for his first goal of the season to put Stony Brook in the lead.

Stony Brook's goalie, junior Charlie Paar (Huntington, N.Y.), then saved the next two Lehigh attempts before Crowley scored again at the 8:17 mark to give the Seawolves three goals on its first three shots of the contest. That started the SBU offense on a roll; as Stony Brook went on to score five more goals over a three and a half minute span to essentially put the game away. Five different players scored the goals for the Seawolves, including Crowley notching his third, as SBU raced out to an 8-1 advantage after one quarter.

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Sophomore Jordan McBride (New Westminster, B.C.) kept the offense cranking for the Seawolves in the second quarter, scoring twice off assists from freshman Kyle Belton (Langley, B.C.) and freshman Jack Hewitt (Eden Prairie, Minn.) in the first four minutes to complete the 8-0 SBU run. Lehigh finally got back on the board on a man-up goal from Dahlem, but Hewitt answered that one as the Seawolves went on to take a 12-4 lead into the locker room on Crowley's fourth score with 1:26 left in the half.

This slowed down a bit in the third quarter as Lehigh limited Stony Brook to just a goal by sophomore Timmy Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.). The Mountain Hawks got off 13 shots in the quarter, but Paar made six saves in goal and held Lehigh to just a pair of scores in the quarter.

That was all that Stony Brook would need, as its defense shut out the Mountain Hawks in the fourth and got goals from McBride, Belton and sophomore Vonzel LeGall (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to ice the victory. Crowley assisted on the first two goals of the quarter, finishing the game with four goals and three assists to lead Stony Brook with seven points, matching his career best.

McBride also finished with four goals for Stony Brook, which had its biggest offensive output since scoring 19 at Delaware last season. Belton added a career-high five points on two goals and three assists, while Hewitt added a goal and an assist. Junior Steven Waldeck (Freeport, N.Y.) had a career-high 12 ground balls on defense for the Seawolves, while Paar finished with 13 saves in goal. Dahlem and Chris Lubin each had a pair of goals to lead Lehigh.