Tundo Nets Five as Stony Brook Knocks off St. John's

QUEENS, N.Y. (Feb. 26, 2013) A six-goal run from Stony Brook (2-2) that spanned from the end of the first quarter to the beginning of the third proved too great a deficit for St. John's (2-1) to overcome, as the Red Storm dropped the local battle 11-7 at DaSilva Memorial Field.

Kieran McArdle recorded his third game of the season with five or more points as he tallied one goal and two assists, but was outgunned by Stony Brook's top attackman Jeff Tundo who finished the day with an impressive five goals and four assists to lead the Seawolves' attack.

A costly second quarter hampered the Red Storm as Stony Brook took a 3-3 tie after the first quarter and turned it into a 7-3 advantage heading into the half.

Connor Mullen and Alex Lagodich each added two goals from the midfield with Ryan Fitzgerald posting a goal and assist as well. Mark DiFrangia registered big numbers on the defensive end with four groundballs and a career-high five caused turnovers.

The Johnnies came out firing early on with 15 total shots in the first quarter and struck first as Fitzgerald finished off a feed from McArdle. Tundo got the Seawolves going when they gained possession and promptly set the tone for his day with a goal and an assist to Rooney on an ensuing man-up opportunity.

St. John's responded with its own mini-run as Lagodich took a pass from Fitzgerald and beat Stony Brook goalkeeper Dan Shaughnessy to the top left corner. McArdle finished on the next Red Storm possession with a nice rip into the upper netting to put St. John's up 3-2. It would be St. John's last lead of the game; however, as the Seawolves would rattle off the next six goals of the game.

Challen Rogers finished the first quarter with an unassisted goal to tie things up 3-3. A pair of early goals from Stony Brook to start the second quarter was followed by two more scores from Tundo to extend the Stony Brook lead to 7-3 heading into the intermission. Stony Brook dominated possession for the period and outshot the Red Storm 10-4 to take control of the game.

Tundo would continue frustrating St. John's with a goal in the opening minute of the second half. Back to back goals from Mullen would cut the deficit to 8-5 but the Red Storm could draw no closer as Tundo's fifth-goal of the day brought the Stony Brook lead to 9-5 after three quarters.

St. John's would surrender a goal to Matt Schultz to begin the fourth quarter and fall behind 10-5 with 13:28 to play. Lagodich would score his second goal of the afternoon off a feed from McArdle to bring the Johnnies back within four but four minutes of scoreless lacrosse followed by another Schultz tally put the game out of reach. Brandon Ayers registered his first goal of the season off a transition crash assisted by McArdle to bring the game to its final, 11-7.

St. John's falls to 2-3 all-time against Stony Brook with the loss as the series dates back to 1986.

St. John's takes the field again on Saturday, March 2 in Loudenville, N.Y. as it battles Empire State rival Siena at 1:00 p.m.

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) set a career-high with nine points as Stony Brook picked up its second road win of the season with a 11-7 win over St. John's on Tuesday.

Tundo tallied six of his nine points in the first half for the Seawolves, who limited their turnovers to only nine through the first three quarters. Tundo finished the afternoon with five goals and four assists.

Freshman Matt Schultz (Smithtown, N.Y.) and sophomore Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) added two goals apiece. Rooney also tallied two assists.

Freshman Frank Lucatuorto (Stony Brook, N.Y.) dominated the face-off 'X', winning 14 draws to go along with a game-high seven ground balls. Sophomore Alex Harris (Centereach, N.Y.) was solid on wing play, picking up five ground balls.

2013-02-26



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