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UMBC MENíS LACROSSE RALLY FALLS SHORT AT STONY BROOK, 10-9
Stony Brook, N.Y. Ė The UMBC menís lacrosse team (6-7, 4-1 America East) suffered their first conference loss of the season as Stony Brook (9-3, 4-1 AE) held off a 5-1 run by the Retrievers in the fourth quarter to hold on for the 10-9 win at LaValle Stadium. UMBC, after scoring the first two goals of the game, saw the Seawolves tally the next nine of 11markers to take a 9-4 lead by the end of the third quarter as SBUís lead proved too much for the Retrievers to overcome.
Stony Brook scored three goals and held UMBC off the board in the second period to take a 5-3 lead at halftime. The Seawolves added four more goals in the third quarter compared to one by UMBC to take a 9-4 lead heading into the final period.
Drew Westervelt kick started the UMBC offense to open the fourth quarter, scoring with 11:14 to play. Brendan Mundorf less than two minutes later scored off a pass from Joe Cahill to bring UMBC within three at 9-6 with 9:21 to play.
The Seawolves, with their only score of the quarter, moved back to a four-goal advantage as Bo Tripodi scored on an extra man opportunity with 8:58 showing on the clock.
UMBC rattled off three goals in the next seven minutes of the game to pull within one at 10-9 with 2:12 remaining. Westervelt scored at 6:42 with an unassisted goal, James Hyland scored from Justin Haworth at 3:07 and Mundorf on an assist from Hyland made it a one goal game, the first time since Stony Brook led 4-3 with 9:27 to play in the second corner, with 2:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
UMBC held possession with under a minute to play but a pass by Joe Cahill was picked off by Larry Cerasi to ensure the Stony Brook victory.
Westervelt scored three goals with two assists while Mundorf tallied three goals with one assist to lead UMBC. Kevin Cepelak started for UMBC and took the loss making three saves. Chris Pettrush shared time in the net and made two saves over the final 31:12 of the game.
Matt Ural made 12 saves for the Seawolves and Tripodi finished with three goals and two assists to pace the SBU offense.