Stony Brook vs. Penn State
March 19, 2005
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's lacrosse team scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to rally from a 5-4 deficit and post an impressive 7-5 comeback victory over No. 19 Penn State (2-3) on Saturday afternoon. It was Stony Brook's first win over a nationally-ranked team since 2001 as the Seawolves improved to 3-1. It is Stony Brook's first 3-1 start since 1998.

Trailing 5-4 in the fourth quarter, Stony Brook's man-up team struck for the equalizer. Jason Cappadoro found a cutting Sean Chamberlain who eluded two checks and bounced a shot past PSU goalie Chris Courteau to knot the game at 5. Stony Brook capitalized on the momentum and once again it was the man-up unit that came through in the clutch.

After PSU's Marc Young was flagged for a push with 8:03 remaining, Cappadoro gave Stony Brook its first lead of the afternoon on an unassisted tally at 7:58, rifling a shot over Courteau's shoulder for his third goal of the season. The Seawolves continued their surge just over a minute later when Chris Tracey used a roll dodge to elude his defender at the top of the box and whistled a shot to the top corner of the net for a 7-5 advantage at the 6:51 mark.

Goalie Brendan Callahan and the Stony Brook defense took over from there, slamming the door on Penn State on every scoring opportunity. Callahan racked up 11 saves and teamed with his defensive unit to limit the Nittany Lions to only one goal over the final 29 minutes of the game.

The game was a see-saw battle all afternoon long with Penn State jumping out to a 1-0 lead at 10:10 of the first quarter on a goal from Andrew Mackrides. Adam Marksberry evened the score 18 seconds later but the Nittany Lions went ahead again on a John Eremus unassisted goal with 3:38 remaining in the opening quarter. After Ryan Maehr evened the score at 2 apiece, Eremus notched his second of the game to give PSU a 3-2 lead at the break.

Will Jones increased the Nittany Lion advantage to 4-2 early in the third, but the Seawolves struck for two goals from Bo Tripodi and Bryan Johansmeyer 13 seconds apart to deadlock the teams once again. Gil Pearsall's man-up goal at 7:19 of the third put PSU back in front 5-4.

Seven different Seawolves scored in the win and Adam Marksberry led the way with a goal and two assists. Cappadoro and Chamberlain each finished with a goal and an assist.

Courteau made eight saves in the loss.

Stony Brook's last win over a nationally-ranked opponent came on April 28, 2001 in a win over UMBC. The win was even more special for head coach Lars Tiffany who faced his former team for the first time. Before taking over at Stony Brook last August, Tiffany had spent the previous four years at Penn State.

No. 20 Stony Brook is back in action on Tuesday night when they it hits the road to face No. 14 Rutgers. Face-off is 7 p.m.