Men's Lacrosse downs Albany to win America East Championship
May 5, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) scored four goals and Sean Brady (Huntington Bay, N.Y.) made 11 saves to lead the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to its third America East Championship with a 14-8 win over Albany. The Seawolves receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tundo's four goals and five points were season-highs for Stony Brook, which tallied a season-best in goals.
Brady, the tournament Most Outstanding Player, finished with 19 saves in two games.
Junior JJ Laforet (Georgetown, Ontario) played his best game as a Seawolf. In addition to winning 11 of 23 draws and recording five ground balls, Laforet tallied two goals, a career-high, off the face-off.
"In a transition year with the graduation of the best senior class in school history and a change in coaching staff, it's hard to predict what's going to happen," coach Jim Nagle said. "Considering all the one-goal games and the slow start to the season, it's nice that we played our best game of the season when it mattered most."
Stony Brook (7-9) is only the third team in the history of the Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship to enter the tournament with a losing record (Hobart, 2002 and Providence, 2007).
Stony Brook led 3-1 after sophomore Cole Millican's (Sunrise, Fla.) goal with one second left in the first quarter. Albany outscored Stony Brook, 4-2, in the second quarter, tying the game at five after 30 minutes.
The third quarter belonged exclusively to the Seawolves. Senior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.) and Tundo scored unassisted goals to push the lead to 8-6. After Tundo's third of the game, Millican kicked the ball to Bellando, who found Laforet in the slot to make it a 9-6 game. Campbell got into the action five minutes later, scoring his 22nd of the season.
On the ensuing draw, Laforet won it clearly, dodged the right alley and ran towards the net, scoring short side for the 10-5 lead. With just under a minute left, Tundo found redshirt freshman Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) creeping from behind the net for a sixth unanswered goal.
All told, the Seawolves scored six goals on 10 shots, taking a tied game to 11-5.
Senior Graham Adams (Royal Oak, Mich.) tallied his first goal of the year off a feed from Rooney to give Stony Brook its biggest lead of the game, 12-5.
Albany's Will Fuller scored two fourth-quarter goals to make it a 13-8 game, but Tundo answered on an open goal with 1:45 for the game's final tally.
Joe Resetarits, the America East Player of the Year, was held to a goal and an assist. Ty Thompson had three goals and Lyle Thompson added a goal and three assists.
Senior Jared LeVerne (Jericho, N.Y.) had a game-high six ground balls.
Joining Brady on the All-Championship team were senior Kyle Moeller (South Setauket, N.Y.), Tundo and Laforet.
ESPNU will televise the Men's Lacrosse Championship Selection Show live at 9 p.m. Sunday.