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Stony Brook men’s lacrosse falls to Vermont in semifinals

Stony Brook Head Coach Jim Nagle watches from

Stony Brook Head Coach Jim Nagle watches from the sideline during the first half at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium on Feb 24, 2018. Credit: Daniel De Mato

The Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team’s season came to an end in the America East Championships semifinals Thursday.

No. 3 Vermont scored the first four goals of the second half in its 8-4 victory over No. 2 Stony Brook Thursday at Albany University. It’s the third straight year the Seawolves’ season ended at the conference semifinals.

Mike McCannell had two goals and Wayne White added a goal and an assist as Stony Brook closed its season at 7-8. The Seawolves finished as co-regular season champions with a 5-1 record in conference play.

“I’m proud of my team, a very young team to be co-regular season champions” coach Jim Nagle said. “The future’s real bright and hats off to Vermont today. We just couldn’t seem to put the ball in the cage.”

Stony Brook had 30 shots Thursday, including 20 on net, but Nick Washuta had 16 saves for Vermont (12-3). Ian MacKay had five goals and an assist for the Catamounts.

“I thought we had a lot of opportunities,” Nagle said. “But you know, sometimes young guys just don’t convert as older guys and certainly MacKay was big for them.”

The Seawolves and Vermont were nearly even on every significant stat, with Vermont holding an 8-7 advantage on faceoffs and 23-22 advantage on ground balls.

Stony Brook turned the ball over 12 times compared with the Seawolves’ 13. Stony Brook had 20 shots on goal compared with the Catamounts’ 17 shots on net, as Michael Bollinger finished with nine saves for the Seawolves.

“We had a lot of what I would consider pretty close opportunities and their goalie’s good,” Nagle said. “From an offensive mindset, you never want to give him credit but he’s a good goalie and we didn’t convert and he made some saves.”

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