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On This Day in History | 1987

April 21, 2011

The Inaugural lacrosse team | Korneffel (#21), Joinnides (Front, 5th from right), Hanchett (Back, 3rd from left) & Medina (Back, 6th from left)

On this day 24 years ago, the fledgling boys’ lacrosse program earned the first win in its history with a 7-6 decision over Commack North. The Shrikes jumped out to a 3-0 lead behind goals from seventh-grader Toby Hanchett, Will Medina, and David Joinnides. The Cougars finally got on the board with 45 seconds remaining to cut their deficit to 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Joinnides added two more goals within the first three minutes to push the lead to 5-1, but the Cougars responded with two unanswered tallies to leave the Blue and White a slight 5-3 advantage. Eric Korneffel gave the Brook a little more breathing room on a score with 2:39 left in the period to give the Shrikes a three-goal edge entering the third. Two goals by Commack coupled with a shutout for the Cougar defense left the Brook up one entering the pivotal final frame. Commack tied the game 3:15 into the period, but Korneffel scored the first of many memorable goals in Stony Brook lacrosse history with the eventual game-winning tally 5:33 into the fourth. Eighth-grader Chris Lunati stood tall in goal with 6 saves.



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