Stony Brook vs. Virginia
February 24, 2007
The Game Story:
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Virginia Cavaliers tallied nine unanswered goals spanning the second and fourth quarters en route to topping the Stony Brook University men's lacrosse team, 15-7, in front of 2,262 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Seawolves fall to 0-1 on the season while Virginia improves to 1-1.

"What a great opportunity it was to open the season against Virginia, the defending national champions," said head coach Rick Sowell. " I thought we did some good things this afternoon, but we certainly have some things to work on heading into Harvard next week."

After a Bobby Trenkle goal in transition off a feed from Bo Tripodi cut the Cavaliers lead to 6-5 with 9:47 left in the first half, the Cavaliers defense thwarted the Seawolves offense, holding the home squad without a goal for the next 39:56. In that stretch, UVA netted nine unanswered goals, which proved to be the difference in the contest.

SB jumped on the board first when Rhys Duch barreled his way through the Cavalier defense to put the Seawolves up 1-0 at the 12:44 mark of the first period. UVA responded with the next two tallies and Danny Gladding and Brian Carroll each netted unassisted goals. Tripodi evened the contest at two apiece after Trenkle found the junior attack man in front of the cage with 8:42 left in the first stanza. Virginia would then rattle off the next three goals, two from Jack Riley, to give the visitors a 5-2 advantage after one quarter of play.

The two teams traded goals at the start of the second as Tripodi and Steve Giannone each found the back of the cage for their teams before Duch found Ryan Hughes for a man-up goals with 10:13 left in the half. Trenkle's transition goal just 26 seconds later would be the Seawolves last goal for the next 39-plus minutes.

Virginia outscored Stony Brook the rest of the way, 9-2, and out shot the Seawolves 24-11 in the second half. The Seawolves were daunted by turnovers in the third period, making eight miscues and taking just a pair of shots.

Brendan Callahan was outstanding in goal throughout the game for SB as he made 19 saves. Tripodi finished the game with three goals and an assist while Trenkle added a goal and three assists.

Gladding led the way for UVA with four goals and two assists while Riley also added four goals. Kip Turner turned away eight shots for the Cavaliers in net.

The Seawolves return to action when they host Harvard on Saturday, March 3. Face-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.