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Mike Rooney, Brody Eastwood each score four goals for Stony Brook lacrosse

Stony Brook attacker Brody Eastwood passes the ball

Stony Brook attacker Brody Eastwood passes the ball against Lafayette in the first half of a NCAA Division I men's lacrosse game at LaValle Stadium on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

This lacrosse season has become a rather predictable one for the Stony Brook men.

A loss is followed by a win, which is followed by defeat, which is followed by a victory.

Tuesday night, the Seawolves continued their checkered season with a win -- after a loss -- behind a 12-8 triumph over Manhattan College at LaValle Stadium.

Mike Rooney and Brody Eastwood each scored four goals as Stony Brook evened its record at 4-4. Patrick Hodapp led the Jaspers (1-7) with four goals, all in the first half.

After allowing seven goals in the opening half, the Seawolves' defense and goalie Hayden Johnstone settled down, holding their guests to only one goal in the final 30 minutes.

The game began at a frenetic pace as both teams played as though they were trying to set the NCAA scoring record.

Manhattan grabbed a 2-0 lead on scores by Hodapp and Sean McMahon after 70 seconds. But the hosts rallied by striking for six of the next seven goals within a span of 8:09 -- Rooney and Eastwood had two apiece -- for a 6-3 advantage.

But the Jaspers came back to knot things up at 6 at 1:06 into the second quarter on Nick Strano's second goal before Challen Rogers gave the Seawolves the lead for good at 7-6, beating goaltender Rich Akapnitis at 2:43 of the period. Stony Brook led 8-7 at the half.

The Seawolves gave themselves some breathing room, scoring three consecutive goals in the third quarter -- two by Rooney and one by Eastwood -- while holding Manhattan scoreless to take an 11-7 lead.

Chris Hughes, Jake Sichenzia and Alex Corpolongo also scored for the hosts. Matt Schultz had three assists.

Smithtown West graduate Brett Madarasz tallied the other Manhattan goals.

The Seawolves will try to break their monotony and strive for their first winning streak when they host St. John's on Saturday.

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