Stony Brook Drops One-Goal Decision to Bryant

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Despite four goals from freshman Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) and a five-point effort from senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.), Stony Brook dropped a non-conference contest to Bryant, 10-9, Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Tundo scored three goals for his 10th career hat trick and recorded his 39th multi-point game. Sophomore Pat McGushin (St. Charles, Ill.) finished with a career-high 13 saves for the Seawolves (5-4), who are 1-1 in one-goal games this season. Shane Morrell had three goals and three assists for Bryant (1-7).

"We didn't maintain our composure today and struggled to find our rhythm offensively. A lot of our shots were not fundamentally sound. But I told the team that our preseason is over and the most important part of our schedule is coming up," said head coach Jim Nagle.

Tundo's goal gave Stony Brook its final lead of the game, 7-6, with 40 seconds remaining in the third quarter. After Bryant scored 46 seconds apart in the fourth, sophomore Mike Andreassi (Holbrook, N.Y.) tied the game at eight with his 11th of the season.

With the score tied at nine, Andreassi's shot attempt was saved and 17 seconds later, Morrell tallied the game-winner with 3:19 left in regulation. Stony Brook had one more chance in the final minute. The Seawolves were man-up 42 seconds left. Andreassi's shot with four seconds left was blocked, and time ran out as the Seawolves made their move to the cage.

By the Numbers
Bryant dominated the face-off 'X' as Kevin Massa won 19 of 22 draws.

Senior JJ Laforet (Georgetown, Ontario) made his season debut, recording four ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Entering this week's action, Eastwood was third among Division I freshmen in goals.

Stony Brook had been 3-0 when leading after three quarters.

Freshman Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) has a point in all nine games this season.

The Seawolves recorded a season-high 12 caused turnovers.

Stony Brook was 0-5 on man-up.

News & Notes
Stony Brook is 11-3 all-time against Northeast Conference opponents.

Bryant won last year's contest 10-9 as well.

The Seawolves are 5-2 in games separated by four goals or less.

Stony Brook will start America East play at Vermont on Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. Sophomore Shane Morrell (Glen Mills, Pa.) recorded six points and scored three times and classmate Kevin Massa (Huntington, N.Y.) went 19 of 22 from the faceoff X to lead Bryant to its first win of the season, 10-9, on the road against Stony Brook Saturday afternoon.

A fast-paced shootout for three of the four periods, Saturday's back-and-forth game featured eight ties and six lead changes, but none were more important that Morrell's third goal of the day the eventual game winner with 3:19 left in the contest off a pass from linemate Brian Schlansker (Glenville, N.Y.) that put the Bulldogs (1-7) back on top for the final time.

The Seawolves (5-4) got four goals from Brody Eastwood and five points (3 goals) from Jeff Tundo but couldn't get the equalizer despite being awarded their fifth man-up opportunity of the outing with 42 ticks left in regulation.

Massa added a game-best 15 ground balls to his .864 winning percentage at the X, pacing the Bulldogs to 37 on the day. Rookie Tom Carey (New Canaan, Conn.) made 10 saves for the victory, as Bryant outshot Stony Brook, 46-30, on the afternoon.

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