Stony Brook vs. Umbc
March 9, 2003
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The UMBC men's lacrosse team raced to an 8-0 lead then held off a fourth-quarter Stony Brook rally to hand the Seawolves a 12-6 non-conference setback at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The game marked the home opener for the Seawolves and also their debut in the stadium, which opened last fall.

UMBC (2-0) scored less than two minutes into the game and built a 5-0 halftime lead, led by Andy Gallagher's two goals. Gallagher added another in the third quarter and the Retrievers extended the advantage to 8-0 on a man-up goal by Josh Gerber at the 5:31 mark. Reed Darby finally got Stony Brook (0-2) on the board with his first collegiate goal with 3:22 remaining in the quarter.

Just one minute into the final quarter, Gallagher fed Phil Grillo on a goal that put the Retrievers up 9-1. However, from there the Seawolves got things going against backup goalie Kevin Cepelak, scoring three straight goals to chip away at the lead. Collin Welsh, Sean Farrell and Brian Alfano each scored in a span of only 2:19 to bring Stony Brook to within 9-4. UMBC's James Hyland took advantage of a man-up opportunity to score at the 9:34 mark before the Seawolves again battled back. Welsh tallied his second goal of the game and George LaFlare added another, and the Seawolves were down only 10-6 with 6:30 to go. But UMBC's Brendan Mundorf scored his second goal of the game less than two minutes later and then assisted on another to help the Retrievers hold on for the 12-6 win.

Gallagher led UMBC with three goals and an assist, while Mundorf finished with two goals and an assist. Franklin Berry and Phil Grillo each added a pair of goals. Goalie Tim Flanagan finished with 12 saves to earn the victory.

For the Seawolves, Welsh led the way with his two goals while LaFlare added a goal and an assist. Jeff Slater made 10 saves in a losing cause.

Stony Brook returns to action on Wednesday when the Seawolves open America East Conference play against Binghamton at LaValle Stadium. Faceoff is 3 p.m.