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Challen Rogers scores in overtime to give Stony Brook 14-13 men's lacrosse win over Binghamton

Stony Brook midfielder Challen Rogers (23) celebrates a

Stony Brook midfielder Challen Rogers (23) celebrates a score in the first half on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at LaValle Stadium. Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

This was an assist Mike Rooney won't forget anytime soon.

Challen Rogers scored off a feed from Rooney with 50.3 seconds left in overtime to give the No. 20 Stony Brook men's lacrosse team a 14-13 comeback win over Binghamton on Sunday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

And by the way: The assist Rooney earned on the winning goal -- his seventh assist of the game to go along with two goals -- broke Kevin Crowley's school record for career points.

"The poise that Mike Rooney showed at the end of the game was outstanding,'' Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle said. "We've been trying to get Challen to be more aggressive shooting the ball. He's a great shooter. Real happy he was able to bury the goal.''

Stony Brook started the final possession with 1:03 left in overtime. Rooney got the ball with 55 seconds left and found Rogers, who cradled with his left hand and then, with two hands on the stick, beat Binghamton goalie Tanner Cosens to the short side over his right shoulder.

With a two-man advantage in overtime, Rooney's bounce shot with 1:17 left was saved by Cosens and Garrett Waldron initiated the clear attempt. But Binghamton was whistled for being offsides, giving the ball back to Stony Brook for the final sequence.

Said Rooney, "We always practice getting upfield if the other team goes offsides. Eventually, I got the ball at 'X' [behind the cage]. Challen came over the top and curled in. I found him and he buried it. Big goal.''

Brody Eastwood scored five goals and Rogers and Jake Sheets added two goals and an assist each for Stony Brook (11-4, 4-1 America East), which trailed 10-4 in the third quarter.

Eastwood scored three goals in the third quarter, including a man-down goal to tie the score at 10 with 1:19 remaining in the period.

"It seems like any time you look at league games across the country, and today was a good example of it, crazy things happen during league play,'' Nagle said. "I'm just proud of this team's ability to bounce back in the second half.''

Nagle added, "We've been playing a lot of games recently. We got a little outside of ourselves and didn't bring the energy necessary in these types of games. I guess I'm even more proud of the team for bouncing back.''

Rooney has 233 career points, one more than Crowley's school record set in 2011.

"I didn't know that I had the school's all-time points record until after the game,'' Rooney said. "I played with Kevin for a year and he's a terrific player.''

Said Rogers, "Mike is a great leader on the field, great player. He surpassed arguably the greatest player in school history. It's been a great honor to play with Mike. Just happy I had the opportunity to finish off the game with the goal.''

Rooney also broke Jason Cappadoro's school record of 107 assists with his fourth assist of the game.

Tyler Deluca had three goals for Binghamton (4-8, 2-3). Tucker Nelson added two goals and four assists.

"We really brought our level of energy up in the second half,'' Rooney said. "I didn't think we did a good job of matching their intensity in the first half.''

Stony Brook will close the regular season at Hartford at 7 p.m. Friday. Said Rogers, "You want to enter every game carrying some kind of momentum in the next one. We've got a lot of momentum going into Hartford next week.''

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