Stony Brook Dispatches Vermont in AEC Opener

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.), Stony Brook 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 7:00 p.m.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. A trio of Seawolves each recorded hat tricks to lead Stony Brook to a 13-5 victory over Vermont in action on Saturday afternoon. The game marked the America East opener for both squads, as the Catamounts fall to 1-8 overall and 0-1 in league play with the loss.

Mike Rooney, Matt Bellando and Robbie Campbell each scored three goals for the home team, while junior Drew Philie paced Vermont with three tallies.

Philie scored Vermont's first off a feed from classmate A.J. Masson, to make it 2-1 just 13 seconds into the second quarter before the Seawolves scored the next three straight. Stony Brook (2-7, 1-0 America East) jumped out to a 5-1 lead after a Campbell goal with 10:40 left in the second quarter.

Philie added his second 9:40 before the half and Thomas Galvin netted a man-up goal with 5:23 to go before the break, with an assist going to senior Geoff Worley. Stony Brook earned the final two goals of the half to stretch a two-goal lead into a 7-3 advantage at intermission.

The Seawolves picked up the first two tallies of the second half to push their lead to 9-3. Worley then scored his 11th of the season with an assist going to sophomore Connor McNamara. Stony Brook responded with the next four scores, before Philie completed his hat trick and scored his team-high 17th of the season with 1:45 remaining.

Stony Brook held a 29-24 shot advantage for the game as Catamount senior goalkeeper David Barton stopped nine shots on the afternoon. Vermont went 2 for 3 with a man advantage while holding Stony Brook to go 0 for 5.

Vermont returns to action on Saturday when it hosts UMBC starting at 1:00 p.m. in the Cats' league home opener.

2012-03-31



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