Albany rallies to beat Stony Brook, 17-15, in America East Tournament semifinals
Oh, brother. (And cousin.)
Miles and Lyle Thompson, who are brothers, and Ty Thompson, their cousin, totaled nine goals, eight assists and 31 shots Thursday night as top-seeded Albany rallied from a five-goal deficit -- and overcame a career-high seven-goal effort by freshman Brody Eastwood -- to defeat the fourth-seeded Stony Brook men's lacrosse team,, 17-15, in an America East Tournament semifinal at LaValle Stadium.
Stony Brook will not play in the conference final for the first time since 2008.
The Seawolves (7-9) took leads of 4-1, 7-2, 8-3, 9-6, 10-7 and 11-9 before 12th-ranked Albany went ahead 12-11 on a goal by Tim Cox with 4:16 left in the third quarter.
Challen Rogers and Chris Hughes scored early in the fourth quarter to give Stony Brook a 14-12 lead, and Eastwood's goal with 7:33 remaining made it 15-14. But after Ty Thompson scored his 48th goal of the season 32 seconds later, Ryan Feuerstein gave Albany the lead with 3:12 left and Will Fuller made it 17-15 with 2:20 remaining.
Said Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle, "Albany is a very good team. We knew we needed to score a lot of goals to stay in this game, which we did, but we didn't execute as well down the stretch. I credit their riding game in the fourth quarter for creating more offensive opportunities. The future for this program is really bright for one of the youngest teams in the country.''
Of Stony Brook's 178 goals this season, 98 were tallied by freshmen and 34 by sophomores.
Jeff Tundo had two goals and three assists and Mike Rooney had a goal and a career-high six assists for Stony Brook. Hughes also scored two goals.
Ty Thompson had four goals and an assist, Lyle Thompson added three goals and three assists and Miles Thompson had two goals and four assists for Albany (12-4). Feuerstein, Fuller and Tim Cox also had two goals each.
America East player of the year Lyle Thompson, who entered the game leading the nation in points per game, now has 43 goals and 56 assists. Miles Thompson has 37 goals.
Eastwood, who scored six goals in the first half, finished the season with 44 goals (on only 70 shots), which tied Jordan McBride's freshman record for goals in a season. It also represented the fourth- most goals scored by an individual in a season in program history. Eastwood entered the game leading the country in shooting percentage (.629).
Tundo finished the season with 63 points, which ranks fifth all-time in program history.
The Seawolves had lost to Albany, 21-12, last Saturday at LaValle Stadium to conclude the regular season, with Miles Thompson recording five goals and nine assists to set a conference single-game record.
Third-seeded UMBC beat second-seeded Hartford, 15-13, in the other semifinal and will face Albany in the final at 10 a.m. Saturday at LaValle Stadium.