With less than a minute to play in the first overtime period, junior attackman Steele Stanwick snatched a ricochet ground ball in front of the cage and fired the game-winner into the net to give No. 1 Virginia a dramatic 11-10 away victory against No. 5 Stony Brook Saturday. Stanwick's goal prevented an improbable comeback win by the Seawolves, who scored twice in the final 21 seconds to send the game to overtime.
Virginia (3-0) led by three twice in the fourth quarter and took a 10-8 lead with 1:12 left in regulation off a goal by junior midfielder Colin Briggs. Stony Brook's National Player of the Year candidate, senior midfielder Kevin Crowley, put away his fourth goal of the game with 21 seconds remaining. The Seawolves (0-1) won the ensuing draw, and junior midfielder Russ Bonanno slipped a diving shot past senior goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman to send the home crowd into delirium.
Stanwick quieted the crowd with his game-winner, the last of his game-high five goals on the afternoon. Stanwick also tallied two assists.
Ghitelman racked up nine saves on the afternoon and earned his 40th career win for the Cavaliers. The win tied him with Kip Turner for the school record for goalie wins.
The Cavaliers return to Kl