No. 12 Stony Brook Pitches Shutout at Albany

Albany, N.Y. Tom Compitello had four of his five goals in the opening half in leading Stony Brook to a 15-0 victory over UAlbany in America East Conference play on Saturday evening at John Fallon Field. The Seawolves, who have won five in a row, clinched a share of the conference's regular-season title.

Stony Brook (9-3, AE 4-0) scored four times in the opening eight-plus minutes to set the tone. Kevin Crowley found Kyle Belton at the top of the crease with a pass from behind the cage to ignite the run. Crowley, who had three goals and three assists, scored from the right point with a high shot after a failed clear. Jordan McBride scooped up a missed behind-the-back shot and deposited the ground ball into the net. Compitello ended that stretch by working around the cage and connecting on a bounce shot from right.

The Seawolves, who are ranked 12th nationally in both national polls, did not let up on the gas pedal in the second quarter. Compitello, a senior attackman, scored his third consecutive goal with three minutes and 54 seconds elapsed in the stanza when he picked up a blocked shot and scored from the right with an underhanded blast. McBride and Campbell added a pair of goals, before Compitello gave his team a 9-0 lead by halftime. He connected on another shot from the right, using a high-to-low motion, off Crowley's feed.

In the third quarter, Stony Brook stretched its advantage to double figures on extra-man goals by Graham Adams and Crowley. Meanwhile, starting goalkeeper Charlie Parr, who had 11 saves, and two other SBU goalies combined on the shutout in the most lopsided decision in the 21 meetings between these programs.

"It's tough," said UAlbany coach Scott Marr, whose squad fell to 3-10 overall and 2-2 in the conference. "We struggled to generate any offense. They played awesome and are a very skilled team. (Charlie) Parr made some nice saves, and had a great one in the second quarter on a fastbreak. We just have to rebound and get ready for Binghamton next weekend."

Compitello finished with five goals and two assists, one off his career-high point total. McBride, the nation's leading goal scorer, and Robbie Campbell, each had two goals.

"They hit us hard and we didn't fight back," UAlbany defenseman Brendan Gleason offered. "Lacrosse is about runs and we never got that first goal to get us going. We kept shooting ourselves in the foot."

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Albany, N.Y. (April 24, 2010) Senior Tom Compitello (Hauppauge, N.Y.) tallied five goals and two assists and junior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia) recorded three goals and three assists to lead the #12/12 Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to a 15-0 rout of Albany on Saturday evening at John Fallon Field. SBU (9-3, 4-0 America East ) clinches a share of the America East regular-season title and can win it outright with a win over Vermont next Saturday. Albany is 3-10, 2-2.

The win and the Catamounts' loss to UMBC on Saturday gives the Seawolves the number one seed as well as home-field advantage throughout the America East Championships. Stony Brook will host a game on May 5 against a team to be determined.

The win also is Stony Brook's third straight over Albany. The Seawolves held Albany under 10 goals for the first time since 2002 when they defeated the Great Danes, 8-6, in the America East Championship final.

Senior Charlie Paar (Huntington, N.Y.) (11 saves), junior John Bella (Oceanside, N.Y.) (three saves) and freshman Nick DiGiacomo (Centereach, N.Y.) (one save) combined to allow the fewest goals since SBU's 20-0 win over Southampton in 1990.

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