May 7, 2011

Hartford Stuns Stony Brook, Snatches Bid

from staff reports


Ryan Compitello scored his third goal with just one second remaining in the game, upsetting his brother Tom and top-seeded Stony Brook 11-10 in Saturday's America East championship game. Hartford is headed to the NCAA tournament for the first time in the program's history.

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Ryan Compitello scored with one second remaining, as Hartford shocked No. 13-ranked Stony Brook in the America East men's lacrosse championship game Saturday, 11-10, giving the Hawks their first-ever conference title and NCAA tournament berth.

The Seawolves (10-4), who must now hope for an at-large bid in a suddenly crowded pool of teams, lost despite four goals from senior Jordan McBride and three from senior Kevin Crowley.

Compitello, the brother of Stony Brook senior Tom Compitello, finished with three goals and two assists for the Hawks (11-6).

"I certainly have to commend Hartford," Stony Brook coach Rick Sowell said. "I think we played too much defense today, and ultimately, didn't have enough possessions."

McBride finished his career with 175 career goals, tying him with Jeff Reh of Adelphi for 10th all-time in Division I history. He finished the season with 41 goals as he's the only player in school history with four seasons of 40 goals or more.

"I'm going to look back on this game and learn from it," McBride said. "I gave it 110 percent. Hartford beat us."

Crowley, Division I's active leader in points with 232, finished the season with 30 goals and 26 assists.

"I could be here for a while talking about this senior class and how they've put this program on the map," Sowell said. "The program has reached new heights because of these guys."

In a game that featured six ties and three lead changes, Stony Brook took a 10-9 lead, its first since 6-5, after Tom Compitello scored on a feed from junior Russ Bonanno (Seaford, N.Y.) with 7:27 left.

The Seawolves won the ensuing feed and maintained possession for over 1:30 before junior Robbie Campbell's (Delta, British Columbia) shot was saved. Carter Bender (three goals) scored with 3:14 to tie the game at 10.

Stony Brook won the faceoff again, but did not score, leading to a good clear attempt from Hartford. The Hawks sat on the ball for more than a minute before Jared Franze's (two goals) shot went wide. Hartford continued to run out the clock before Ryan Compitello came out from the left side of the crease and scored.

Martin Bowes scored all three of his goals in the third quarter as Hartford led 8-6 with 3:28 to play in the third. After Crowley scored his second of the game, Franze answered 1:40 later to put Hartford ahead by two. After Crowley tallied his third goal of the day, senior Timmy Trenkle (Commack, N.Y.), who finished with two assists, tied the game at nine with 7:54 left, setting up Compitello's go-ahead goal 27 seconds later.

Tom Compitello scored a goal and added an assist, finishing his career with 68 goals and 78 assists as well as a 42-game point streak. "This game has been a huge part of our lives," Compitello said. "I know all things come to an end; I just wasn't ready for it today.

Senior Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) won eight draws, giving him 796 for his career, the third-most in Division I history.


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