Stony Brook Men’s Lacrosse completed its three-game interconference sweep to end the season with a 15-9 victory at Binghamton on Friday night.
Throughout the matchup, Stony Brook dominated control as Binghamton failed to pick up a single lead. The victory secured a top spot in the America East playoffs for the Seawolves with a conference record of 5-1.
“It was a great team win tonight,” head coach Jim Nagle said in a press release. “It has been a pleasure to watch this young team mature each week this season. We are playing our best lacrosse at the right time.”
Stony Brook took a 2-1 lead on sophomore attacker Tom Haun’s goal with 1:46 remaining in the first period. Haun’s offensive push continued, as he scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Seawolves a 9-3 lead going into halftime.
Applying pressure on the Bearcats defense was a key to the victory. The Seawolves led the shooting portion 43-28 and took a total of 17 shots at the opposing goal, successfully scoring on nine of the tries. Freshman midfielder Patrick Kaschalk stepped up in the matchup, scoring a team-high four goals.
The trio of senior long stick middie Tyler Anderson, junior long stick middie Ryland Rees and freshman attacker Jack Walsh produced a large portion of the defensive effort. Anderson led the team in ground balls with five, while Walsh and Rees followed with four and three, respectively. Rees led the team in caused turnovers with two.
Walsh scored the first goal of the matchup with 11:16 left in the first period. The freshman’s four points in the matchup extended his team-best point streak to 12 games.
Binghamton led the way in ground balls 23-22 despite its defeat and saved one more shot in the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Bollinger acquired the victory decision, saving a total of eight shots on 16 faced. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Maciejewski also got in on the action, saving three shots and allowing two goals during his time on the field.
Stony Brook has now earned a top-two spot in the America East Championships despite its 7-7 overall record. The Seawolves are the number two seed in the America East Championships after Albany beat Hartford on Saturday to claim the number one seed. Stony Brook will face third-seeded Vermont on Thursday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m.