JJ Laforet scores in OT to lift Stony Brook past Hartford
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JJ Laforet won the overtime draw and went right down the middle to score the winner six seconds into OT as Stony Brook edged host Hartford, 10-9, Saturday night in an America East men's lacrosse game.
"I took it down the gut and just shot it,'' said Laforet, who took only one faceoff. "All you can do is shoot and hope it goes in. It's not about aim. Coach believed in me and I wanted this for our team.''
Said SBU coach Jim Nagle, "A game we absolutely needed to have. Frank Lucatuorto was outstanding for us, but I wanted to change up the tempo at the 'X.' Their guy [Adam Yee] had been having a lot of success and was in rhythm. I told JJ that he was going to push forward, which is what he did. JJ blocked him, pushed the ball and scored.''
Hartford's Kevin O'Shea had scored unassisted to tie it at 9 with 2:08 left in regulation.
Jeff Tundo had three goals and an assist for Stony Brook (7-7, 2-2). Freshmen Matt Schultz and Brody Eastwood each scored twice and freshman Challen Rogers had a goal and two assists. Lucatuorto had six ground balls and won 12 of 22 faceoffs for the Seawolves.
Hartford outshot Stony Brook 38-33, but Dan Shaughnessy made 10 saves for SBU.
It was the Seawolves' fourth overtime game, fourth straight one-goal contest and sixth one-goal game overall. SBU is tied for second in the conference with Hartford and moved ahead of Binghamton, which lost to Vermont, 8-7.
O'Shea scored at the end of the third quarter to put the Hawks up 8-6, but Stony Brook answered with three goals in the fourth quarter. Schultz's goal -- off a feed from Mike Rooney -- put Stony Brook up 9-8 with 3:50 remaining.
O'Shea and Andrew Cacchio each scored three goals and Jack Bobzien had a goal and three assists for Hartford (7-5, 2-2). Frank Piechota made 10 saves.