Stony Brook suffered a bitter loss, but it wasn't a tangible calamity.
Yale's Greg Mahoney scored his third goal 2:06 into overtime to give the Bulldogs a 9-8 win over Stony Brook Monday night at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves, who had won three straight after a 1-7 start, are 4-8.
Still, the non-conference loss doesn't truly affect Stony Brook's postseason chances.
Even if they had won, there is virtually no chance that the Seawolves will receive one of the nine at-large bids to the NCAA Tournament. But at 3-0 in the America East -- in a first-place tie with Albany -- securing the conference's automatic bid still is a possibility.
Stony Brook's games against conference rivals Hartford, on Saturday, and Albany, on April 28, will determine seeding for the America East Tournament, whose winner automatically will qualify for the NCAA Tournament. "In the big picture, it isn't as important as the games coming up," attack Mike Rooney said. "It's over."
Rooney's goal with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter trickled in off Yale goalie Jack Meyer's stick to tie the score at 8. The redshirt freshman from East Islip is tied with Colgate's Ryan Walsh (Wantagh) for the most goals in the country by a freshman with 27.
Mahoney's winner came on the man-advantage after Stony Brook was penalized 30 seconds for having too many players on the field.
"I would have to go to the film," Seawolves coach Jim Nagle said when asked about the penalty. "I can't comment on that right now."
Stony Brook had a 5-1 lead after Matt Bellando's goal at 12:32 of the third quarter, and led the entire game until Deron Dempster's second straight goal tied it at 7 for Yale with 6:33 to play. Mahoney gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 8-7 with 2:42 left in the fourth.
It was the second straight overtime win for the Bulldogs, who have won five in a row to move to 7-4. Defenseman Michael McCormack, a West Islip graduate, scored Yale's only goal of the first half. It was the junior's first career goal.
Jeff Tundo had three assists for Stony Brook to extend his team lead in that category to 20.
The Seawolves are 1-5 in games decided by one goal.