Baltimore, MD - Senior midfielder Chris Scarpati scored with 6:26 remaining in the second overtime period to give visiting Stony Brook (11-4-3, 6-1-1 America East) a 3-2 win over UMBC (9-6-3, 6-2-0) and a their first regular season title in men's soccer.
The Seawolves earn the #1 seed in the upcoming America East Tournament and will host the winner of the #5 Albany at #4 Vermont match, while the second-seeded Retrievers will entertain the winner of the match between #6 Boston University and #3 Binghamton. Both semi-final games will occur on Wednesday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Stony Brook never trailed, but UMBC would tie the game in each half. The Seawolves took a 1-0 lead at the 15:56 mark, as junior midfielder Matt Avellino collected a UMBC clearing attempt 25 yards from the goal. His shot from the center of the field beat a diving UMBC goalkeeper Steve King and went in inside the left post.
But UMBC tied the game at 35:06. Junior midfielder Kevin Mezzadra's pass into the box struck the hand of a Stony Brook defender and UMBC was awarded a penalty kick. Senior defender Marcus Gross converted and the game went to intermission deadlocked.
Stony Brook was again the aggressor early in the second half, and it paid dividends at 57:47 when senior midfielder Douglas Narvaez found linemate Michael Palacio open on the left side of the box. Palacio had time to measure his shot and beat King from 13 yards out just inside the far right post.
The Retrievers again answered as Mezzadra's short cross from near the goal line was headed in by a leaping Manuel Mariel. It was the freshman's fourth goal of the season and tied the score at the 64:59 mark.
After being outshot, 5-1 in the first half, UMBC turned the tables and outshot the Seawolves, 7-3, in the second and put several chances on goal. But Stony Brook netminder John Moschella made five of his six saves in the second half to keep the game knotted at 2-all.
After a scoreless first overtime, SBU, which trailed UMBC by two points in the standings at the beginning of play and would not benefit or suffer with a tie, attacked and got the game-winner 3:34 into the final period. Palacio passed the ball to Narvaez deep in UMBC territory and Narvaez pushed it further along to a streaking Scarpati. He beat his defender and King with a shot from ten yards out inside the far left post.
SBU outshot UMBC, 13-9, and the Retrievers could not take advantage of eight corner kicks. King made four saves.
After going 28 straight games without a home loss, UMBC has suffered back-to-back setbacks at UMBC Stadium. The loss was also UMBC's first of the year in overtime, as they entered the game at 2-0-3 in extra time.
The Retrievers have wins over both Binghamton (1-0, 2ot) and Boston University (3-0) on the road this year.