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Brody Eastwood scores 6 as Stony Brook wins opener

Stony Brook attacker Brody Eastwood winds up his

Stony Brook attacker Brody Eastwood winds up his shot in front of his Sacred Heart defender during the second half of an NCAA Division I men's lacrosse game at LaValle Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Some records are made to be obliterated and Stony Brook senior attack Brody Eastwood is likely headed in that direction after scoring six goals in a 17-8 victory over Sacred Heart Tuesday at LaValle Stadium.

Eastwood, who had seven of his nine points in the first half and had a career-high three assists, is now 24 goals away from surpassing fellow Canadian Jordan McBride, who holds the program record with 175.

Stony Brook’s season opener displayed a team and star player in apparent midseason form. “We’ve got a veteran group,’’ coach Jim Nagle said, “so we plan to be a little more seasoned early in the season. I thought you saw that today.’’

Eastwood had a hat trick plus one before the first quarter ended. Ryan Bitzer, who also had a hat trick and two assists, found the net four seconds into the game, then Eastwood scored consecutive goals for a 3-0 lead. After Bellport’s Matt Posch got Sacred Heart’s first goal, Eastwood came back for two more. His fifth goal came 19 seconds into the second quarter.

Challen Rogers assisted on two of Eastwood’s goals. He and Eastwood could become the fifth and sixth Stony Brook players to total 200 or more points in their careers. “Our chemistry’s definitely there,’’ Rogers said, “because obviously we’ve been starting and playing together since freshman year, so it definitely helps.’’

Eastwood and Rogers, both from British Columbia, each were drafted by Major League Lacrosse. Eastwood was selected by the Lizards, coached by Stony Brook women’s lacrosse coach Joe Spallina, but said he is committed to playing box lacrosse back home. Rogers, picked by Boston, hasn’t made any firm decision. In any event, as Eastwood said, “we are focused on this season.’’

Eastwood does not talk about personal records or scoring goals, other than to say “I just try to get open. Getting in the America East final would be nice [in his] last year for sure. I really haven’t thought too much about anything else.’’

The non-conference schedule picks up Sunday when Stony Brook hosts St. John’s, winners of the last two meetings. “The last two seasons they out-toughed us in both games,’’ Nagle said. “They scored 10 goals to our zero in the fourth quarter if you combined both years.’’

Notes & quotes: Stony Brook got two goals each from Alex Corpolongo, Mark Ellis and Jeff Reh. Matt Schultz had a goal and three assists. Jay Lindsay won 14 of 21 faceoffs.


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