By Najib Aminy

After losing a close conference game to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse team bounced back, winning two conference games against Vermont and Hartford, 13-9 and 11-7 respectively.

On Saturday April 12, the men’s lacrosse team looked to increase their conference record with another win against the defeated Hartford Hawks, who have yet to record any wins for the season. As the twilight sky lit the stadium, the Seawolves were, surprisingly, fighting off a possible upset by the Hartford Hawks.  The Hawks kept the game very close, only to fall behind on a 5-0 run in the fourth quarter.

The majority of the game was a back and forth tug of war between both teams, in which defense was the deciding factor. Trailing 7-6 going into the fourth quarter, Freshman attack Jordan McBride (New Westminster, BC), Senior attack Bo Tripodi (Hauppauge, NY), Senior midfielder Owen Adams (Norwalk, CT) and Freshman midfielder Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, BC) worked together along with their team to outscore the Hartford Hawks 5-0 in the fourth quarter, preserving the win.

Sophomore defenseman Steven Waldeck (Levittown, NY) and Senior defenseman Nick Maturro (West Islip, NY) combined to pick up a total of 11 groundballs capitalizing on the Hawks’ turnovers. Notable goal scorers were McBride, who recorded a Texas hat trick by scoring a team high four goals, along with Crowley and Adams each scoring three goals. In addition to his three goals, Crowley had three assists, leading the team with six points.

With a packed crowd of nearly 1,000 fans, the Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse team continues to excel, as their record is now 6-4 and 2-1 in conference play. Of the four games lost this season, each deficit was no more than three goals. The Seawolves will travel on the road and play Binghamton on April 19, and the following week will face Hofstra at home on April 26.