No. 1 Virginia holds off Men's Lacrosse, 12-5

Jared LeVerne had three ground balls against Virginia

Feb. 25, 2012

Final Stats

Charlottesville, Va. - Stony Brook's men's lacrosse team lost at No. 1 Virginia, 12-5, before 2,221 at Klöckner Stadium on Saturday. Senior Kyle Belton (Langley, British Columbia) led the Seawolves (0-2) with two goals. Colin Briggs led Virginia (3-0) with three goals and four assists.

Stony Brook will face Marist in the 2012 home opener at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday, March 3.

"We got off to a good start, but just couldn't sustain it," coach Jim Nagle said. "I saw some really good things that we can build on going forward."

Stony Brook took a 2-0 lead on the strength of a man-up goal from sophomore Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.) and an unassisted score from senior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.). Virginia answered with three straight goals, and took its first lead of the game, 3-2, at 1:43 of the first quarter.

The Cavaliers stretched their lead to four, 6-2, in the first half. After an offsides call on Stony Brook, Virginia got the ball in transition, and Briggs found Chris Bocklet for the goal.

A holding call on Matt Lovejoy gave the Seawolves a man-up opportunity late in the second quarter. As the penalty expired, junior Jeff Tundo's (Orchard Park, N.Y.) shot was plucked out of the air by Belton, who beat Virginia goalie Rob Fortunato short side for the score.

Owen Van Arsdale made it 7-3 with 1:05 left as Virginia held the four-goal halftime lead.

Tundo created Stony Brook's fourth goal after he found Belton on the left side of the crease. But Stanwick's 100th career goal just two minutes later gave the Cavaliers the four-goal advantage.



Virginia took a five-goal lead, 9-4, after Stanwick scored in transition off an assist from Bocklet.

Rooney's team-leading fourth goal of the season cut the Stony Brook deficit to 9-5 with just under two minutes to play in the third quarter.

With 4.1 seconds left in the third quarter, freshman Bryan Judge (Melville, N.Y.) nearly scored from the other side of the field. His clear attempt deflected off junior Nick Watson (Manchester, England) as Fortunato made the save.

The Seawolves were held scoreless in the third quarter, and Virginia added three more to win by seven.

Junior Sean Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y.), who made four of his five saves in the first quarter, had a team-high five ground balls.

Saturday's game against the Red Foxes is at 1:00 p.m.