Stony Brook vs. Umbc
April 23, 2005
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Bo Tripodi scored three goals and Stony Brook held off a late UMBC rally to post an impressive 10-9 win in a pivotal America East matchup Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. The victory improved the Seawolves to 9-3, 4-1 in conference play while UMBC slipped to 6-7, 4-1.

Leading 5-3 at the half, Ryan Maehr and Tripodi scored the first two goals of the third quarter to give the hosts a four-goal cushion. Andy Gallagher's tally at 6:21 sliced the lead to 7-4 but the Seawolves responded with back-to-back goals from Sean Chamberlain and Mike Kirschner to give them what seemed like a comfortable 9-4 lead heading into the final quarter of action.

UMBC would not go away as Drew Westervelt and Brendan Mundorf scored two minutes apart early in the fourth to bring the Retrievers within 9-6. Stony Brook countered at 8:58 when Adam Marksberry hit a cutting Tripodi in front of the UMBC cage for a man-up goal to increase the lead to 10-6. But then UMBC mounted a charge behind Westervelt's unassisted goal at 6:42 which ignited a three-goal spurt for the visitors. Mundorf capped the run with his third goal of the game with 2:12 remaining and the partisan crowd of 1,052 grew uneasy.

Stony Brook won the ensuing faceoff but turnovers led to UMBC having one last chance to tie. Larry Cerasi denied the Retrievers in the waning moments as he intercepted a pass in the midfield with 32 seconds to go and dashed into the UMBC end. Stony Brook then held the ball the rest of the way to earn its ninth win of the season.

UMBC held a 3-2 after one quarter but Stony Brook scored three unanswered goals from Chris Tracey, Owen Adams and Chamberlain to take a 5-3 lead into the break.

Tripodi finished with three goals and two assists. Maehr and Chamberlain each totaled two goals and rookie goalie Matt Ural made 12 saves to earn his third straight win.

The Seawolves are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Hofstra. Face-off is 7:30 p.m.