Still wondering if Stony Brook deserves a top-20 ranking? Well, the answer appears to be yes after a six-goal performance from Jordan McBride in the Seawolves' 14-11 win over Towson yesterday in a men's lacrosse game.
McBride, a junior, continued his ascent toward Stony Brook's all-time scoring record with as the Seawolves held on for a non-conference win at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The win against Towson (0-2), who fell to Villanova in the CAA championship last year, is evidence that Stony Brook can play with the nation's elite - the importance of which wasn't lost on coach Rick Sowell.
"This might've been the biggest win we've had here in four years," Sowell said. "We're trying to establish ourselves as a good team nationally."
Stony Brook (2-1) is ranked 17th and McBride and teammate Kevin Crowley (three goals, two assists) have done more than their part to keep the Seawolves there.
McBride established himself early, scoring twice for a 2-0 lead in the first quarter. Stephen Norris tied it at 3 for Towson, but McBride and Crowley again showed why they're considered premiere playmakers. McBride scored back-to-back goals to make it 5-3, the second off an assist from Crowley. "It's music to my ears," Sowell said. "McBride from Crowley."
It works the other way, too. Crowley's man-up goal late in the first came off a flick from McBride. Crowley, Steven Waldeck, McBride and Kyle Belton scored to give the Seawolves a 9-4 lead at the half - five coming from McBride.
McBride, a two-time All-American, reached 100 career goals with his sixth yesterday. He passed Chris Kollmer (97 goals) and is fourth, 33 behind career leader Kevin Pall.
SBU led 12-6 in the fourth when Sowell was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. The one-minute penalty led to Towson's first man-up goal of the quarter. The next blow came with 7:23 left, when Waldeck was called out for slashing and keeper Charlie Paar (8 saves) was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after arguing the call - a non-releasable penalty. Towson then cut it to 12-10.
SBU regrouped, with goals by McBride and Robbie Campbell. It was a fitting end for McBride, who was held scoreless for only the third time in his college career in SBU's last game. Said McBride, "I was trying to get my confidence back by shooting."