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Eastwood’s five goals not enough, as Men’s Lax falls in OT

(BASIL JOHN / THE STATESMAN)
The Men’s Lacrosse team dropped an overtime game to UMBC in spite of five goals by Brody Eastwood. (BASIL JOHN / THE STATESMAN)

The Seawolves’ road woes continued on Friday night in Maryland, as they dropped an overtime heartbreaker to UMBC. With just ten seconds left in the extra quarter, Retrievers sophomore midfielder Pat Young scored the game-winner to give his team a 12-11 victory.

The goal came just a little more than two minutes after Young nearly cost his team the game. Both he and Zach Esser took penalties that gave Stony Brook a 30-second two-man advantage, with just 2:14 remaining in overtime.

But, the Seawolves were unable to capitalize on the golden opportunity.  A high shot from the slot by junior attackman Mike Rooney nearly gave SBU the win, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon came up with the game-saving stop.

The loss came despite the fact that the team got a game-high five goals from sophomore Brody Eastwood. Eastwood continued his consecutive goals streak to 22 games.

Stony Brook also got two goals apiece from sophomores Chris Hughes and Challen Rogers. Both players helped the Seawolves jump out an early lead in the contest.

SBU had four goals on their first seven shots of the game, and held a 4-0 lead after one quarter. But, UMBC responded by outscoring Stony Brook 4-1 in the second.

The second half continued to be a game of runs. First the Retrievers began the half with a 3-0 run, to take a 7-5 lead.

Then, with 3:51 left in the third, Hughes found the back of the net and sparked a 3-1 run by the Seawolves. But, UMBC’s Matt Gregoire answered late in the quarter, scoring with just two seconds left to give his team a 9-8 lead.

With Stony Brook trailing 11-9 late in the fourth, it was Eastwood who brought his team back with two goals in the final five minutes to force overtime. His final goal of the day came with just 1:10 left in regulation.

But, his effort was not enough, as the Seawolves have now lost three out of their last four games. Their overall record stands at 4-6, and they are now 0-1 in America East conference play.

SBU is also now 0-3 on the road. This was the program’s first regular-season conference road loss since April 26, 2008 when they lost 10-7 to Albany.

This week Stony Brook will play two games at LaValle Stadium. On Tuesday night they will host Quinnipiac, before conference opponent Vermont visits on Saturday afternoon.

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