Albany, N.Y. – The #Seawolves saved their best road performance of the season for the right time, downing Albany 3-2 to improve to 2-3 in America East play and bypass the Great Danes and New Hampshire in the standings.
· Junior Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary) opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a left-footed blast from 30 yards out into the top corner. The goal was his second of the season and 10th of his career.
· Albany tied the game with just 20 seconds left in the half. Brandon Wilson was the goal scorer, converting a cross from in close.
· Senior Keith McKenna (Great River, N.Y.) put the Seawolves back on top in the 54th minute, depositing a loose ball into the vacant goal. Fritz started the play, lumping in a cross towards the goal, which was challenged for by sophomore Kofi Ramirez Osei-Tutu (Trondheim, Norway). He affected the keeper enough to allow the ball to fall to the opportunistic McKenna.
· Junior Martin Giordano’s (Weston, Fla.) team-leading fourth goal of the match in the 59th minute game Stony Brook a 3-1 lead. He nodded home an accurate cross from freshman Danny Espinoza (East Meadow, N.Y.)
· The Great Danes put a scare into the Seawolves with a goal in the 61st minute. Like the first goal, it resulted from a cross to an unmarked man in front of goal.
· Tonight marked the third time this season the Seawolves have scored at least three goals in a game. The other two occasions came against Lehigh and Sacred Heart.
· Albany outshot Stony Brook 16-9 but shots on goal were even at six.
· McKenna led Stony Brook with four shots and two shots on goal.
· Stony Brook held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
· Friday’s results tightened the race in the America East; the top six teams in the conference are now all separated by one point. UMBC, Vermont and UMass Lowell are tied for the conference lead with seven points. Stony Brook, Binghamton and Hartford follow closely with six points.
· Giordano’s goal moved him into a tie-for-fifth place in the America East with four goals and gave him a new career-high.
The Seawolves will take a breather from America East play when they play Harvard in a non-conference match on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Cambridge, Mass.