SBU Sports: Men’s Lacrosse falls to Rutgers 17-16

The Seawolves went head-to-head with the No. 4 Rutgers for 60 minutes but missed just one goal as the Scarlet Knights pulled away with a 17-16 victory on March 5. Stony Brook put up a gallant effort, which included cutting a five-to-one deficit with 4:58 left in the game.

Lacrosse is a racing game, and today’s contest featured its fair share from each side. The Scarlet Knights were able to increase their lead up to five goals to go ahead 17-12 with 9:54 left in the game. The Seawolves then scored four straight to cut the lead to 17-16 with 4:58 remaining.

Despite the strong comeback attempt from behind, Rutgers was able to hang on to seal the match by the final score of 17-16. Graduate midfielder Mike McCannell and sophomore forward Dylan Pallonetti led the Seawolves offense. Each finished tied with a game-high five goals, while McCannell led the way in points with six (five goals, one assist).

“It was a great lacrosse game. We knew it was going to be an up-and-down battle, with both teams throwing tedders, and one remaining standing. We were missing a game at the end, but the combat and resilience of our group was impressive. We just made one mistake too many at the end of the day. I will take our guys to a hotly contested lacrosse game any day,” said head coach Anthony Gilardi.

Then the team travels to Providence, RI to face Brown on March 12.

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