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Stony Brook loses lacrosse conference opener to Albany

Stony Brook midfielder Challen Rogers (23) with the

Stony Brook midfielder Challen Rogers (23) with the pass in the second half of the game in Lavalle Stadium at Stony Brook University on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

The Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team couldn’t carry its success from the non-conference schedule into the start of America East play.

The No. 12 Seawolves dropped their conference opener at No. 10 Albany, 16-10, at Albany’s John Fallon Field Saturday afternoon in a rematch of last season’s America East championship game, which the Great Danes won 22-9.

The Great Danes (3-2, 1-0 America East) opened a 5-2 lead after the first quarter, led by two goals Seth Oakes, who finished with three goals.

After Albany expanded its lead to 6-2, Stony Brook responded with a 6-0 run over 17 minutes in the second and third quarters to take an 8-6 lead with 9:25 remaining in the third quarter, led by senior Matt Schultz’s (Smithtown West) three goals.

But Albany responded with an impressive run of its own, scoring five straight goals in the third before Stony Brook’s Ryland Rees scored with nine seconds left in the quarter to cut the Great Danes’ lead to 11-9.

Albany’s run continued into the fourth quarter as it scored the first five goals, capped off by Jack Burgmaster’s goal with 7:42 remaining to take a 16-9 lead. Connor Fields led the Great Danes with four goals and two assists.

The Great Danes controlled the possession, taking the ground ball advantage 31-26 and faceoff advantage 16-13. The Seawolves outshot Albany, 39-37, but Albany goaltender Blaze Riorden finished with 16 saves.

Stony Brook senior goaltender Zach Oliveri (Ronkonkoma) allowed six goals and made six saves in the first half and sophomore Brandon Maciejewski allowed 10 goals with four saves in the second half. Senior Challen Rogers facilitated the Seawolves’ offense with a team-best three assists.

The Seawolves (5-2, 0-1) entered on a three-game winning streak, including victories against No. 16 Rutgers and No. 12 Hofstra by a combined 28-11.

Stony Brook continues its three-game road schedule at University of Maryland-Baltimore County Saturday at noon in conference play. The Seawolves return home Sunday April 3 against Vermont.

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