Everything came together for the Stony Brook men in their 13-10 upset of No. 12 Princeton Saturday.
The unranked Seawolves' best lacrosse was on display at LaValle Stadium, whether it was overcoming a second-quarter three-goal deficit behind yet another sterling performance by Brody Eastwood or holding off a late rally behind some late goaltending heroics by freshman Brandon Maciejewski.
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"This is the best performance we've had since I've been there," said coach Jim Nagle, in his fourth season. "They played great.
"I was very, very proud of my team. They really pulled together."
Added Chris Hughes, who finished with a hat-trick: "When we move the ball and play defense how [like] did, we're a pretty dangerous team."
Whether that will translate into a top 20 ranking in the U.S. Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Division I poll did not concern Nagle.
"The polls really don't play into what we do," he said. "We just focus on being the best team we can be."
The Seawolves (9-2) turned the game in the second quarter, outscoring the Tigers (6-3), 6-2, to transform a 4-1 deficit into a 7-6 halftime advantage. Eastwood scored three of his team-high five goals then..
"We weren't possessing the ball like we should have, always throwing it away," Eastwood said about the difference between periods. "We really picked it up."
Eastwood became only the second Stony Brook player to register at least 40 or more goals in his first three seasons, joining Jordan McBride (2008-2011).
With Princeton trying to make a game of it, Maciejewski made three vital saves in the final 2:30, including one on Kip Orban (five goals).
"Brandon had ice water in his veins," Nagle said.
Stony Brook's Mike Rooney, Matt Schultz, Ray Bitzer, Alex Corpolongo and Matt Robison. Mike MacDonald added three for Princeton. Ryan Ambler and Bear Altemus had one apiece.