Stony Brook Drops One-Goal Decision to UMBC

Despite three goals from senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and freshmen Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) and Jake Sichenzia (Sayville, N.Y.), Stony Brook fell to UMBC, 13-12, Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Sophomore Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) added a goal and three assists for the Seawolves (6-6, 1-2 America East).

Nate Lewnes, Pat Young and Scott Hopmann each had two goals for UMBC (5-6, 2-1). Young's goal with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter broke a 12-12 tie.

Stony Brook led by as many as three, 7-4, after Sichenzia's sixth of the season with 3:19 to go in the second quarter. The Retrievers scored four straight to take their first lead since 3-2 in the first quarter.

Down 12-11, UMBC scored two straight, including Dave Brown's goal, which tied the game at 12 with 4:11 to play in regulation.

Freshman Dan Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass.) finished with 10 saves for Stony Brook.

"I thought we fought hard today; a lot harder than we did last week. We just didn't come up with the result we wanted. We scrapped and competed at the 'X'. We're still in the playoff hunt and that's what I told the guys after the game." - Coach Jim Nagle.

Eastwood, Tundo and Sichenzia each scored goals, turning a tie game into a 7-4 lead for Stony Brook with 3:19 left in the second quarter. The Seawolves won the ensuing possession, but turned the ball over. UMBC answered with a goal in transition then another score a minute later. Entering the fourth quarter tied at nine, Stony Brook never trailed until Young's goal with 2:39 to play. After a 30-second clock violation called on UMBC, Rooney's shot with 33 seconds left was saved, and the Retrievers ran out the clock for the victory.

• Shaughnessy posted his fourth 10-save effort of the season

• Junior Cody Vassallo (Elmont, N.Y.) scored a goal in transition for the second straight game.

• Tundo has 96 points (46g, 50a) in his Stony Brook career. His 51 points in 2013 are a new season-high. Tundo's averaging 4.25 points per game, which ranks the Tewaaraton Award watchlist candidate as one of the top midfielders in the country.

• In the last five games, Tundo has 13 goals and 11 assists. Eastwood has 16 goals during the same span.

• Sichenzia recorded a career-high in goals.

• Freshman Tom Monzo (Flourtown, Pa.) had a career-high six ground balls in only his second career start.

• Rooney tied his career-high with the three assists.

• The loss snapped a three-game winning streak over the Retrievers. UMBC leads the all-time series, 12-7.

Stony Brook will play its final non-conference game of the season on Monday, traveling to face No. 15 Yale (7-3) at 7:00 p.m.

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Stony Brook, N.Y.-Freshman midfielder Pat Young (Ewing, N.Y./Christchurch School) broke a 12-all tie by scoring with 2:39 remaining, and visiting UMBC won a critical America East Conference contest, 13-12, at defending champion Stony Brook at LaValle Stadium.

The game featured ten ties before Young took a feed from senior A/M Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River) and buried a shot from nine yards out.

Stony Brook had one last opportunity, but UMBC netminder Wes DiRito (Odenton, Md./DeMatha) made a save on a deflected shot with 28 seconds remaining.

“I think our guys rose to the occasion and won a tough road game down the stretch,” head coach Don Zimmerman said. “The team has remained positive throughout a very demanding season and the dividends are starting to pay off. We will enjoy the win, but we need to be ready to move forward next week and play a terrific Albany team at their place.”

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