Eastwood, Tundo Pace Stony Brook to Win at Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. Brody Eastwood and Jeff Tundo combined for 11 points to lead Stony Brook past Vermont, 19-10, in the America East opener for both teams on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. Stony Brook moves to 6-4 (1-0 AE) on the season, while Vermont drops to 3-7 (0-1 AE).

Stony Brook collected four of the game's first five goals to jump out to a 4-1 lead at the 5:32 mark of the first frame.

Drew Philie tallied a score off a feed from Blake Pendleton at the 3:58 mark to cut Vermont's deficit to 4-2. Stony Brook responded with three consecutive goals to close out the period and head into the second frame with a 7-2 advantage.

The Seawolves netted the first four goals of the second frame, including two from Eastwood, to open their lead up to 11-2 with just over three minutes remaining in the second period.

Andrew Buckanavage and Eastwood traded goals in the final 1:15, and the Seawolves took a 12-3 lead into the half.

Midway through the third period, Tim Yager found the back of the net off a pass from A.J. Masson for the Catamounts first score of the frame. After a goal from Stony Brook's Tundo, Philie and Graham Horvath netted goals for Vermont to cut its deficit to 13-6.

Vermont received goals from Horvath, A.J. Leary and Buckanavage in the first eight minutes of the final period to cut Stony Brook's lead to 15-9 with 7:10 remaining.

That was as close as the Catamounts would get, as the Seawolves scored four of the last five goals in the contest to earn their sixth win of the season.

Vermont outshot Stony Brook 49-41 in the contest and also held advantages on face-offs (19-12) and ground balls (44-33).

The Catamounts were led by Philie and Horvath, who collected two goals apiece, while Buckanavage chipped in with two scores.

Eastwood led all scorers with five goals, and Tundo chipped in six points on three goals and three assists.

Dan Shaughnessy made 14 saves to earn the win between the pipes for Stony Brook and Justin Rosenberg took the loss for Vermont despite making 12 saves on the day,

The Catamounts return to action on Saturday (Apr. 6) when they travel to UMBC for an America East match-up with the Retrievers at 1:00 p.m.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Freshman Brody Eastwood (Victoria, BC) tied a career-high with five goals as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse topped Vermont, 19-10, Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field. Senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) added three goals and three assists for the Seawolves (6-4, 1-0), who won their America East opener for a fourth straight season.

Freshman Dan Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass.) was outstanding in his return to the starting lineup, finishing with 14 saves.

Freshmen Jake Sichenzia (Sayville, N.Y.) and Chris Hughes (Oceanside, N.Y.) and senior JJ Laforet chipped in with two goals apiece for Stony Brook, which had 10 different goal scorers.

Laforet added six ground balls and three caused turnovers. Drew Philie led Vermont (3-7, 1-0) with three goals and an assist.

"I thought we executed really well on both ends in the first half. We had a bit of a lull in the second half, but, overall, we're excited to start off conference play with a victory. A lot of credit goes to Jeff Tundo and Brody Eastwood for playing within themselves," said head coach Jim Nagle.

Up 4-2 with 3:58 left in the first quarter, Stony Brook scored seven unaswered goals, including three from Eastwood. The Seawolves held the Catamounts scoreless for more than 17 minutes during the stretch.

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