With a roster full of underclassmen, the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team has had to look to its young players for key contributions.
Saturday's game against Sacred Heart was no different, as freshman Challen Rogers helped the Seawolves overcome a five-goal first-quarter deficit to earn their fifth win of the year with a 12-10 road victory.
"I thought we played a little tight in the beginning and clearly it took some time to get back on track," coach Jim Nagle said in a press release. "Good teams battle through adversity and that's what we accomplished today."
Rogers led the way with a career-high-tying three goals, two of which came on a game-ending 4-1 run that helped seal the win. Rogers is now tied for third on the team with 10 goals and is second with 20 points.
Senior Jeff Tundo and sophomore Mike Rooney added two goals and two assists apiece. Freshman Brody Eastwood scored two goals, giving him 15 for the year to rank second on the team.
Sacred Heart (0-6) came out on fire, scoring five goals in the early going and holding Stony Brook (5-3) scoreless through the first 14 minutes. Junior Cole Millican scored his first goal of the season to end the scoring drought with two seconds left in the first period.
The Seawolves got in gear in the second with a 5-0 run of their own. Rogers' goal off an assist from Tundo with 7:37 left in the period gave Stony Brook its first lead at 6-5.
The Stony Brook defense played very well after the first; after allowing five goals in the first 15 minutes, the Seawolves allowed just five goals in the final 45 minutes, including a 24-minute stretch in which Sacred Heart was held scoreless.
Sophomore Pat McGushin made seven saves to earn the first victory of his career in his second start. Freshman Frank Lucatuorto won 15 of 26 faceoffs and recorded a career-high 12 ground balls.