Johnstone, Rooney Lead Stony Brook Over Vermont

Freshman Hayden Johnstone (Toronto, Ontario) made a career-high 19 saves and junior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) led seven goal scorers with three in Stony Brook's 10-7 victory over Vermont Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Johnstone stopped 12 shots in the second half as the seven Vermont goals were the fewest by a Stony Brook opponent this season.

Rooney's hat trick was the 10th of his career for Stony Brook (5-7, 1-1). Sophomore Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) added two goals and his first assist of the season.

Sophomore Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) recorded a goal and two assists. Senior George Benitez (Darien, Conn.) and freshman Mark Ellis (Garden City, N.Y.) each scored their first career goals.

Ian MacKay and Graham Horvath had two goals apiece for Vermont (5-5, 0-2).

Head coach Jim Nagle said, "Certainly, our performance on defense was one of the best since I've been here. That's a credit to Hayden and the guys in front of him. We did a great job closing to their shooters. I know our offense is capable of putting up good numbers and today's defensive performance showed me a ton."

Stony Brook led 2-1 after one quarter. Rogers face-dodged his man and scored just outside the crease to make it 3-1. His goal was the first of three in a 1:49 span. MacKay's unassisted goal with 11:17 left in the second cut the lead to 5-2. Rooney's second of the day with 9:24 left made it 6-2. Eastwood capped the first-half scoring, raking in a loose ball for a 7-2 Stony Brook lead.

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. - Vermont outscored Stony Brook 4-1 in the final period, but the comeback attempt came up short as the Catamounts fell by a score of 10-7 at Stony Brook in America East action on Saturday at LaValle Stadium. Vermont drops to 5-5 overall and 0-2 in league play while Stony Brook improves to 5-7 overall and 1-1 in conference.

Freshman Ian MacKay led the Catamounts with two goals and one assist. Senior Graham Horvath contributed with a pair of scores and sophomore Patrick Clark picked up a goal and one assist to help pace Vermont. Mike Rooney of Stony Brook was the game's top scorer with three goals, and teammate Brody Eastwood added two goals and one helper.

Stony Brook notched the first two scores of the game at the 10:31 mark and 3:06 mark to open a slim advantage before Clark got the Catamounts on the board with just seven seconds left in the quarter off a feed from MacKay.

The Seawolves were able to net the first three scores of the second period before MacKay cut the Catamounts' deficit to 5-2 with his first goal of the game with 11:17 remaining in the second. Stony Brook closed out the period with the final two goals to take a 7-2 advantage into halftime.

Freshman Michael Clarke tallied Vermont's lone goal of the third period, which was scored in between goals by George Benitez and Eastwood of Stony Brook. Clarke's score was his 10th of the season, and came off an assist from John Everett.

The Catamounts notched a pair of scores in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter to cut their deficit to 9-5. Following a score from Rooney, MacKay and Horvath responded with a goal apiece in the final 1:14 of play to cut the Stony Brook lead to 10-7. Vermont was unable to pull any closer, as the Seawolves moved on for their fifth victory of the season.

Sophomore Justin Rosenberg made four saves in the cage for Vermont, while Hayden Johnstone stopped 19 shots to earn the win for Stony Brook. The Catamounts outshot the Seawolves 42-21 overall, including a 26-14 shots on goal advantage.

UVM returns to action on Saturday (April 12) during Alumni Weekend as they play host to Binghamton at Virtue Field at 1:30 p.m.


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