Men's Lacrosse falls to Hartford in overtime, 11-10
April 21, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite two goals apiece from junior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.), senior Robbie Campbell (Delta, British Columbia) and sophomore Matt Bellando (Miami, Fla.), the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team fell to Hartford in overtime, 11-10.
Rory Nunamacher tallied a game-high four goals and Carter Bender had two, including the game winner 56 seconds into overtime.
The loss broke a streak of 18 straight regular season conference wins, dating back to March 28, 2009, for Stony Brook, which is 1-6 this season in one-goal games.
"I hope it makes us stronger," said coach Jim Nagle, who was referring to the Seawolves' one-goal record. "If this team can shows some resiliency and the ability to bounce back, we'll be fine."
Despite the loss, Stony Brook still controls its own destiny heading into the regular-season finale at Albany next week. The Seawolves (4-9, 3-1) are tied for first place with Albany and UMBC. By virtue of the 10-8 win over UMBC last week, a Stony Brook win guarantees home-field advantage throughout the conference tournament.
Stony Brook led by as many as three goals, 5-2, after sophomore Cole Millican's (Sunrise, Fla.) second goal of the season.
Conner Yatauro gave Hartford (5-8, 2-2) its first lead of the game, 7-6, after his goal with 8:29 left in the third quarter.
Campbell and Bellando scored 52 seconds apart and redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) tallied his 28th of the season to give Stony Brook a 9-7 advantage with 7:08 to play.
Jared Franze and Kevin O'Shea scored to tie the game at nine with just under three minutes to play.
Campbell's goal with 17 seconds left in the fourth made it 10-9.
Hartford won the ensuing face-off and called timeout with nine seconds left. Franze found Nunamacher for a goal with just one second left in regulation.
The Hawks won the face-off in overtime. Bender got the ground ball after a deflection and scored his team-leading 29th goal of the season.
Campbell and Tundo each tallied an assist. Senior Kyle Belton (Langley, British Columbia) totaled a goal and two assists.
Junior JJ Laforet (Georgetown, Ontario) went 10 of 18 at the 'X'. In addition to a team-high four ground balls, he scored his second goal of the season.
Rooney also scored a goal, tying him with Colgate's Ryan Walsh for the lead among all freshmen nationally.
Next week's game at Albany is slated for 7 p.m.