Kyle Belton scored his career-high fifth goal with eight seconds left off a feed from Jeff Tundo Saturday night as Stony Brook captured its third straight America East Conference men's lacrosse regular-season title with a 12-11 win over Albany.
Albany tied the score at 11 with 1:33 left on Joe Resetarits' fourth goal before Tundo found Belton. "To be honest with you, I was looking for him the whole time,'' Tundo said.
"We've been clicking recently in practice," Belton said. "I was trying to time my cuts. I saw the defense sinking in and saw an opportunity."
Stony Brook (5-9, 4-1) earned the top seed in this week's conference tournament. The Seawolves will host fourth-seeded Hartford at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Russ Bonanno and Mike Rooney had two goals each, Tundo had four assists and Matt Bellando, Robbie Campbell and Nick Watson also scored for SBU. Sean Brady made 11 saves.
Ty Thompson had five goals for third-seeded Albany (4-10, 3-2), which will face second-seeded UMBC.
Albany took a 4-1 lead after one quarter. But Stony Brook battled back in the second as Belton exploded for four goals. "Kyle has been a quiet leader for this team all year," Seawolves coach Jim Nagle said. "We played through some mistakes, but at the end, we're happy to be the top seed in the tournament."
Bellando and Bonanno scored in the second to help Stony Brook grab a 7-5 halftime lead.
Rooney, the nation's leading goal-scorer among all freshmen (30), scored unassisted to tie it at 9-9 with 11:38 remaining in the fourth quarter.