STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The Sacred Heart men's lacrosse team lead 13-12 with 8:18 to play Tuesday night against Stony Brook at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, but couldn't hold off the Seawolves as Stony Brook came back to win 14-13.
Midfielders Alex Dodge (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Brian Masi (Smithtown, N.Y.) each had three goals to lead the Pioneers' offense. Dodge also added an assist for a four-point game and had five ground balls. Alex Milller (Ridgewood, N.J.) had a team-high four assists and five points. Mike Mawdsley (Innisfil, Ont.) and Cody Marquis (Londonderry, N.H.) each had a goal and an assist. Andrew Newbold (Loveland, Ohio) had a team-high six ground balls with Sean Miller (Toms River, N.J.) adding five.
Stony Brook (3-3) scored first Tuesday night as Mike Rooney scored a bounce shot from right in front of the crease at the 12:41 mark of the opening quarter. Sacred Heart (1-4) responded with 10:54 left in the first when Dodge's shot hit Stony Brook goalie Patrick Fleming and narrowly crossed the goalline, tying the game at 1-1. The Pioneers took the lead with 6:35 to play in the first when freshman Bryce Jurk (Burlington, Ont.) fired a laser from 20 yards out to score his first career goal, making the score 2-1. The Seawolves took back the lead on back-to-back Challen Rogers tallies, going up 3-2 with 2:44 left in the first. Mawdsley tied the game 3-3 with six seconds left in the quarter, scoring a quick stick goal off a Matt Gannon (Huntington, N.Y.) assist.
The Pioneers took their first lead of the game 1:14 into the second quarter when Marquis scored man-up to make the score 4-3. Stony Brook came back with goals from Chris Schultz, Brody Eastwood, and Rogers to take a 6-4 lead with 7:34 left in the half. Dodge cut the deficit to one, 6-5, with his second goal of the game at the 6:48 mark of the quarter, but the Seawolves went on another three-goal spurt to take a 9-5 lead with 3:15 to play in the first half. Masi scored with 2:35 left to make the score 9-6, but Schultz scored with 20 seconds left to give Stony Brook a 10-6 halftime advantage.
Stony Brook led 11-6 early in the third quarter before the Pioneers made a run. It started with an Ian Farley (Camillus, N.Y.) goal from Dodge that made the score 11-7 with 8:34 to play in the quarter. Twenty-three seconds later, Newbold went end to end after scooping the ground ball off the faceoff and scored to get Sacred Heart within three, 11-8. Masi then added his second goal of the game at the 6:24 mark, with an assist from Marquis, to get the Pioneers within two at 11-9. The two teams traded goals to end the quarter, as Dodge's third goal of the game made the score 12-10 heading into the fourth quarter.
Dodge's tally started a 4-0 run for the Pioneers. Miller scored 1:06 into the final period on a crease dodge to make the score 12-11. Thomas DiPlacido (Wrentham, Mass.) then scored his first career goal off of a Jurk assist to tie the game 12-12 with 11:45 remaining. Masi finally put the Pioneers back in front, burying home a Miller feed to give Sacred Heart a 13-12 lead with 8:18 left. However, the Pioneers would get stuck on 12 goals. Rogers tied the game, 13-13, with 4:23 to play with his fourth goal of the game. Sacred Heart had a chance to take back the lead with 1:48 left when it forced a Seawolves turnover, but the Pioneers turned the ball over themselves. Stony Brook took advantage, as Rooney scored with 1:16 to play to put the Seawolves ahead 14-13. The Seawolves won the ensuing faceoff and ran out the clock to preserve the win.
Sacred Heart outshot Stony Brook 39-33 for the game, including a 23-12 edge in the second half. The Seawolves held a 34-32 advantage in ground balls and won 17-of-30 faceoffs. Ryan Hughes (Bayport, N.Y.) made nine saves in goal for Sacred Heart as Stony Brook's duo of Patrick Fleming and Dan Shaughnessy combined for six. Rogers had seven points for Stony Brook on four goals and three assists. Eastwood also had four goals as Rooney had two goals and four assists.
The Pioneers return to Campus Field on March 15 for a 1 p.m. contest against Hartford. Sacred Heart will Face-Off For A Cause on Saturday as a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project.