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There was the smell of an upset in the season opener for the Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team. Starting the season at #3 Virginia, the Seawolves came back from a slow start to tie things up after three quarters only to see the Cavaliers score a pair of goals in the final minutes to avoid the upset bid and escape with a 15-13 win. Danny Glading paced the Cavalier offense with a career-high five goals and three assists for eight total points, also a career best. Garrett Billings had his second three-goal game in a row.

Danny Glading paced the Cavalier offense with a career-high five goals and three assists for eight total points, also a career best. Garrett Billings had his second three-goal game in a row.

Ryan Hughes tied his career high with four goals for Stony Brook, while freshman Jordan McBride also tallied four times.

Senior Ryan Hughes (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and freshman Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) each scored four goals for Stony Brook.

“It wasn’t the start to the game that we were looking for,” remarked Stony Brook head coach Rick Sowell. “But once we settled down I was extremely proud of our effort.”

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Glading scored three times in the first quarter as the Cavaliers found the back of the net on six of nine shots in the period.

Their torrid shooting continued in the second quarter as Billings scored his first goal of the contest at the 13:36 mark. Following Billings‚?? goal, Alex Kajencki replaced Rob Camposa in goal. The Seawolves also switched out of a zone defense and went man-to-man the rest of the way.

The Virginia lead grew to 9-2 in the first three and a half minutes of quarter as George Huguely and Glading put shots past Kajencki.

Defenseman Steven Waldeck ended the Cavaliers‚?? four-goal run with the second goal of his career at the 10:56 mark. Hughes followed 75 seconds later for the first back-to-back goals of the game for Stony Brook.

Billings pushed the lead back to six at 10-4 with a remarkable over the shoulder shot with a little over eight minutes remaining before halftime.

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After a slow start, the Stony Brook offense started to gel midway through the second quarter. The Seawolves scored three goals in five shots to close the half and trim Virginia‚??s halftime lead to 10-7.

The visitors from Long Island opened the second half with a goal by Bo Tripodi off the opening faceoff as they outscored Virginia 6-1 over a span of 11 minutes and 11 seconds.

Midfielder Brian Carroll gave the Cavaliers a little breathing room but Stony Brook pulled closer behind back-to-back goals by McBride; both goals came off nice passes from Kevin Crowley. Virginia‚??s 11-10 lead was the closest the game had been since the opening minutes.

Freshman Shamel Bratton added the first goal of his career at the 6:10 mark of the third quarter as the Virginia lead grew to 12-10, but Crowley ended the quarter with consecutive goals to tie the score at 12 heading into the fourth quarter. Following Crowley‚??s goal at the 3:23 mark, UVa head coach Dom Starsia replaced goalie Adam Ghitelman with Bud Petit. Petit gave up Crowley‚??s third goal of the game with 19 seconds to play in the quarter, but he finished with five saves in the game and gave his team a lift.

Billings scored on a fastbreak opportunity created by Will Barrow on the opening faceoff of the final quarter, but Hughes answered an extra-man goal a short time later to force the second time of the game at 13.

The teams traded possessions for the next seven minutes without any scoring as Petit saved three shots to prevent the Seawolves from gaining their first lead.

Peter Lamade ended the scoreless drought by taking a pass from Glading and beating Kajencki from the right side from eight yards out.

‚??Throughout the entire game, they (Stony Brook) were pushing out on Danny (Glading) at X,‚?Ě Lamade said. ‚??At the end of the game, my guy had to slide on to him. It was a pretty close shot. I would have been pretty mad if I did not finish it.‚?Ě

The Cavaliers won the ensuing faceoff and Glading scored his team‚??s second goal in an 11-second span. Virginia‚??s Garett Ince as the Cavaliers ran out the clock for the win.

‚??I never sensed that we let down. Even early in the game, we just weren‚??t stopping them,‚?Ě said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. ‚??They did not have the ball much early, but when they had it, it seemed like they could get some good chances. That was troubling to me, even though we had a lead. I was not happy to be (ahead) 10-7 at halftime and I really didn‚??t want it to turn into a shootout, but it reached a point in the second half of the game where we just had do what we had to to win.‚?Ě

Virginia hosts Vermont at Klöckner Stadium on Tuesday (Feb. 26) at 4 pm in the first-ever meeting of the two schools. The Catamounts are coached by former UVa All-American defenseman Ryan Curtis. They lost at Duke 19-7 in their season opener on Saturday.

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