Laforet's OT goal lifts Men's lacrosse over Hartford

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April 20, 2013

Final Stats

West Hartford, Conn. -

Senior JJ Laforet (Georgetown, Ontario) won the overtime draw and went right down the middle for the goal as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team escaped with a 10-9 win over Hartford on Saturday night at Al-Marzook Field.

"I took it down the gut and just shot it," said Laforet, who took only one face-off tonight.  "All you can do is shoot and hope it goes in.  It's not about aim.  Coach believed in me and I wanted this for our team."

Senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored three goals and freshmen Matt Schultz (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) each tallied two goals for Stony Brook (7-7, 2-2 America East).

Freshman Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) tallied a goal and two assists and sophomore Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) added a goal and an assist.

It was the fourth overtime game, fourth straight one-goal contest and sixth overall this season.

Kevin O'Shea and Andrew Cacchio each had three goals for Hartford (7-5, 2-2).

Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction

  • "A game we absolutely needed to have.  Frank Lucatuorto was outstanding for us, but I wanted to change up the tempo at the 'X'.  Their guy (Adam Yee) had been having a lot of success and was in rhythm.  I told JJ that he was going to push forward, which is what he did.  JJ blocked him, pushed the ball and scored."

Turning Point

  • Hartford led 8-6 after three quarters, but a goal from Tundo and two from Schultz helped the Seawolves regain the lead with 3:50 to play in regulation.  O'Shea answered with a goal with just two minutes left in regulation.  Laforet's goal was scored just six seconds into overtime.



By the Numbers

  • Rooney's first-quarter goal was his team-leading seventh EMO goal and 16th of his career.
  • Freshman Frank Lucatuorto (Stony Brook, N.Y.) made his return to the lineup, winning 12 of 22 face-offs with a game-high six ground balls.
  • Rogers' first-quarter goal extended his season-long point streak to 14 games.
  • Stony Brook was 3 of 5 on the man-up.
  • Eastwood's two goals marked the 10th multi-goal game of his career.
  • For Tundo, it was his 13th career hat trick, 28th multi-goal game and 43rd multi-point game.
  • Freshman Dan Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass.) made 10 saves.

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook leads the all-time series over Hartford, 20-7.
  • The Stony Brook-Hartford rivalry dates back to 1990.  The 27 games played against the Hawks is the most against any other program.

Up Next

  • Stony Brook will return home for the final game of the 2013 regular season against Albany on Saturday, April 27.  Prior to the game, the Seawolves will honor their three seniors - Tundo, Laforet and Savaughn Greene