Men’s Lax: Lead Gets Away, Vermont Bows to Stony Brook 10-9

Courtesy Vermont Sports Information

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Stony Brook stormed back from a 7-2 deficit at halftime and captured a 10-9 victory over Vermont on Senior Day, presented by UVM Alumni Association, Saturday at Virtue Field.

Vermont drops to 7-5 overall (4-2 AE) while Stony Brook improves to 8-5 overall (4-1 AE).

“We still have a lot to learn and we have to go through these trials and tribulations to be a championship caliber team,” head coach Chris Feifs said. “We certainly have to take our lumps today and get better from it. Right now we have to focus on getting healthy, watching the film, learning from it, having a great week of practice, and giving Penn our best shot.”

The Catamounts jumped to a 5-0 lead halfway through the first quarter with goals from Dawes Milchling, Liam Rischmann, Rob Hudson, and a pair from David Closterman.
Jonathon McConvey’s man-up goal with 9:58 remaining in the second quarter made it 7-1 Vermont. Stony Brook’s Mike McCannell tallied his lone goal of the game to make it 7-2 with 7:38 remaining in the first half.
As a heavy fog rolled over Virtue Field, Stony Brook outscored Vermont 3-1 in the third quarter to make it 8-5 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Sal Iaria tallied Vermont’s lone third quarter goal with 4:27 to play in the quarter.
Layton Harrell scored on Stony Brook’s first EMO of the game with 12:33 left in the fourth quarter and David Estrella tallied another 12 seconds later off the ensuing faceoff to cut the Cat lead to one goal.
Ben French pushed the Catamount lead back to two with 11:35 to play, but from there, Harrell tallied another pair of goals for a fourth quarter hat trick. He scored the game-winning goal with 3:24 to play and gave Stony Brook its first lead of the game.

Closterman tallied his second straight four point game. French tallied his second consecutive two goal game and third straight multi-point game.
Nick Washuta made 15 saves between the pipes for the Catamounts. Michael Bollinger finished the game with 10 saves.
UVM held a 39-34 advantage in shots while SBU held a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal.
The hustle stats were extremely tight as each team finished the game with 25 ground balls. Vermont won 12-of-23 faceoffs. Stony Brook won the turnover battle as Vermont finished with 14, three more than the Seawolves.
Vermont will finish second or third in the conference depending on next weekend’s matchup between UAlbany and Stony Brook.

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Vermont closes the 2019 regular season next weekend with a neutral site game against the fifth-ranked Penn Quakers (8-3, 6-0 Ivy). The game will take place at Wilton High School in Wilton, Connecticut.