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Seawolves drop tough opener 13-12 against Marist

Challen Rogers had a goal and four assists in the loss. Photo by Basil John / The Statesman
Challen Rogers had a goal and four assists in the loss. (BASIL JOHN / THE STATESMAN)

In front of a snow-filled Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium, Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse dropped their first game of the season against the Marist Red Foxes 13-12.

The fourth quarter was a quiet one for both the Seawolves and Red Foxes for 12 minutes.

After a frantic third in which goal after goal was scored, both teams buckled down as the game neared its end.

With 3:06 remaining, Matt Schultz scored his second goal of the contest to bring the Seawolves to within two, keeping alive hope of a winning start.

The slow pace turned around quickly as the clock continued to tick away, leading to another Stony brook goal.

With just over a minute remaining, sophomore Brody Eastwood narrowed the deficit to one as he took a pass from Rogers to put his fourth goal of the evening in the back of the net.

Momentum on their side, Coach Jim Nagle’s team pressured Marist until the closing horn.

After a big faceoff win, the Seawolves searched for an equalizer, nearly scoring with 7 seconds left, as the ball eventually trickled out of bounds.

Nagle called a timeout to draw up a play at the end, setting up a screen and pass for a quick shot as time expired, but Marist’s goalie sealed the win with a huge save.

Take nothing away from the offensive execution for the Seawolves, as the opportunities they produced gave them a chance to score, but the goalkeeping of Marist was too rock solid.

Nagle said, “We wound up getting a good opportunity, but just couldn’t capitalize on it,” adding that, “the kid made a couple of big saves.”

After a long first possession to start the game, Eastwood rifled a shot wide of the net.

That would be a rarity the rest of the way, as the sniper led the Seawolves with four goals, continuing  where he left off during his stellar freshman season when he scored 44 goals.

Adding to Stony Brook’s effort was another young player, freshman midfielder Kyle Rowe, who dominated the faceoff circle all evening long.

Nagle complimented the young Rowe by saying that, “Kyle did a tremendous job…that’s a good sign moving forward.”

The Seawolves look to get into the winning column on Tuesday night at Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium with a matchup against Lafayette at 6:00 p.m.

They follow the Lafayette game with an away match against Duke next Sunday.

Duke is ranked No. 1 in the nation.

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