It almost wasn't fair.
Just a few minutes into the game was all Stony Brook needed to mount an attack against St. John's. And the more the Red Storm tried to retaliate, the more the Seawolves pounded the ball into the net.
Stony Brook midfielder Kevin Crowley scored a career-high five goals, Tom Compitello had a career-high seven points and Kyle Belton chipped in a hat trick, as the No. 15 Seawolves manhandled St. John's, 21-6, in a non-league contest last night at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
"It's pick your poison," Crowley said. "Jordan [McBride] didn't have a day that we've learned to expect from him, but I think it's a testament to our offense and the way other guys can pick it up for him. Not that he played bad or anything, but they just locked him up."
McBride, Stony Brook's leading scorer with 23 goals, had an uncharacteristically quiet night (two goals, two assists). But that just left more opportunities for Crowley.
He ignited the Seawolves' offense three minutes and 23 seconds into the first quarter, scoring on a pass from Compitello. Stony Brook tacked on two more within two minutes - the first by attackman McBride, followed by an unassisted score from Belton. And at 6:53 in, Crowley connected on his second goal of the evening to put Stony Brook ahead 4-0.
St. John's (2-3), quickly cut its deficit in half, however, as Charlie Holenstein (two goals) scored a man-up goal at 6:02, off an assist from attackman Harry Kutner, and Jordan Rothman fed freshman midfielder Brandon Ayers for a score. But there was no stopping the Seawolves (4-1).
Stony Brook, which had 11 players score, outshot St. John's 22-18 in the first half to take a 14-2 advantage at the break. And though the Red Storm got late goals from Tom Manes, Holenstein and Garret Mitchell in the fourth, it couldn't recover.
"That first quarter really showed that there wasn't going to be that lull," said Stony Brook coach Rick Sowell, whose team came back to beat Delaware, 16-12, on Sunday. "It was a great all-around performance."
Sowell, who coached at St. John's from 2004-06, restarted the Red Storm's lacrosse program after it was eliminated in 1995. It was the first meeting between the schools since 1986, when the Red Storm defeated Stony Brook, 22-4. On this particular night, however, St. John's wasn't as fortunate.