Rooney, Campbell, Bellando lead Men's Lacrosse past Vermont, 13-5
March 31, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Behind three goals apiece from senior Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia), sophomore Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.) and redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.), the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team topped Vermont, 13-5, in the America East Conference opener for both teams.
Campbell and Rooney also recorded assists for the Seawolves (2-7, 1-0), who never trailed. Stony Brook scored a season-high and allowed a season-low in goals.
Campbell, who missed the last three games with an injury, tallied his sixth career hat trick and 33rd multi-point game. Rooney, a two-time America East Rookie of the Week, totaled four points for a second straight game. Bellando's three goals are a new career-high.
"We've been trying to just keep at it," Campbell said. "It's a new season and we're playing for what matters."
Stony Brook has not lost an America East regular season game since falling to UMBC on March 29, 2009.
Drew Philie led Vermont (1-8, 0-1) with three goals.
"Getting the first conference win under our belt is always a good thing," coach Jim Nagle said. "I see this as a baby step heading into Binghamton next week."
Stony Brook led 2-0 after the first quarter and 5-1 after Campbell's goal at 10:40 of the second quarter. Vermont cut the deficit to 5-3, but the Seawolves stretched the lead to six, 9-3, after junior Nick Watson's (Manchester, England) second goal of the day.
Geoff Worley's goal at 5:36 of the third quarter was one of two second-half goals for Vermont.
Senior Jared LeVerne (Syosset, N.Y.) and junior Tim Hawkins (Rocky Point, N.Y.) tallied their first goals of the season. Hawkins' goal made it 13-4, Stony Brook's biggest lead in any game this season.
Senior Ryan Keneally (St. James, N.Y.) won his first collegiate game, making a season-high nine saves.
Stony Brook also won the face-off battle for the first time this season, winning 10 draws to Vermont's nine.
The conference season continues next Saturday, April 7 at Binghamton at 7 p.m.