UMBC clearly left their magic on the basketball court. The Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team beat America’s weekend darlings, 7-6, in their America East opener at UMBC Stadium in Baltimore Sunday afternoon. UMBC’s men’s basketball team made history as the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament when they beat Virginia Friday night, but Stony Brook was able to stifle any further celebration.
Jack Walsh and Wayne White both scored twice and Michael Bollinger made six saves for Stony Brook. David Pisanic made five saves for UMBC.
UMBC surged in the fourth quarter, not wanting to go quietly on the school’s magical weekend. They scored three straight goals to cut the Stony Brook lead to 7-6 with 10:03 left to play. But Stony Brook (2-5, 1-0) battened down the hatches defensively and held on for the much-needed win.
“We had our best defensive effort of the season against a very disciplined and well-coached team,” Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle said. “Penalties let UMBC back in the game. I was proud the way our guys held on and got the ‘W.’ ”
Stony Brook took seven penalties, while UMBC only had three.
Good things came in twos for the Seawolves. Stony Brook took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter on goals from Walsh and White. But UMBC fought back in the second, tying the score on a pair of netters from Billy Nolan.
Stony Brook took control once again with two goals late in the second quarter, as Tyler Anderson and White gave the Seawolves a 4-2 halftime lead.
After Ryan Frawley cut the Stony Brook lead to 4-3 early in the third quarter, Stony Brook rattled off three straight goals to open up a cushion that would prove necessary in the fourth.
Perhaps this represents a turning point for Stony Brook, which started the season 1-5 while navigating through a tough non-conference schedule. They lost twice to teams ranked in the Top 20 — a 15-8 loss to No. 16 Penn State on Feb. 17 and a 15-14 heartbreaker to No. 9 Virginia on March 10.
But with a statement in their conference season opener, the Seawolves may have found some March magic of their own.