A trend continued Saturday for the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team. And it could prove to be a costly one.
Despite four goals from sophomore Chris Hughes (Oceanside), the Seawolves remained winless this season as visitors (0-5), losing to Binghamton, 14-11, in a pivotal America East game.
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After losing five of its last six, Stony Brook still can clinch a berth in the America East championship with a win against Hartford Friday in the final game of the regular season. The Seawolves will be home.
"We're still pushing forward and still have a lot left in the season," coach Jim Nagle said.
Binghamton led by one late in the fourth quarter with Stony Brook freshman goalie Hayden Johnstone making several stops, but the Seawolves turned over the ball on consecutive possessions. Tucker Nelson's unassisted goal with 3:02 left in regulation made it 13-11. The 11 goals scored by Stony Brook are the most allowed by Binghamton in its past nine games.
"We fought and scrapped and played together, but we just have to be more disciplined," Nagle said. "Our backs are up against the wall. It's going to be up to our guys to finish all the work they've put in."
Stony Brook almost dug itself out of an early hole. The Seawolves were called for seven penalties in the first half, and Binghamton capitalized with five man-up goals. Stony Brook trailed 9-7 at the half.
"It was a wild game," Nagle said. "There were a lot of early fouls which was not characteristic of our team."
Zachery Scaduto's unassisted goal with 10:12 left in the third quarter gave Binghamton its largest lead, 11-7. Hughes' goal off an assist from Jake Sichenzia (Sayville) cut the deficit to 11-10 with 4:13 left.
Mike Rooney (East Islip) added two goals and two assists for Stony Brook (5-9, 1-3 America East) and Johnstone, who Nagle applauded for having a good second half, finished with 15 saves. Brandon Planck had four goals and Matt Springer had three for Binghamton (7-6, 4-0).