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On This Day In History | 1999

April 22, 2015
The '99 Bears

The ’99 Bears

On this day 16 years ago, the boys’ lacrosse team snapped Comsewogue’s 26-game winning streak in a thrilling, 9-8 victory on Fitch Field. Sean Metz netted a hat trick, including the game-winner, Mike Titus and Nick Miaritis each notched 2 goals, and Chris Albert and Jay Smith added a score. Dave Pike made 11 crucial saves between the pipes.

Here is the recap of the game from Tom Rock of Newsday:

Stony Brook boys lacrosse coach John Kenney decided to forgo a lot of the rah-rah excitement sometimes associated with halftime talks. He had every right to scream after the last 30 seconds he witnessed. The Bears made two costly mistakes that allowed Comsewogue to score two goals and head into the intermission up by three instead of one.

“In a game like this, you can’t allow the kids to get too emotional,” Kenney said. “We just stressed to our seniors that they had to rise to the occasion. We told them this was their game, it was on their shoulders, and they had to go out and win it back.”

That’s exactly what they did.

Stony Brook scored six second-half goals – including the first three in the third quarter to tie the score and the only two in the fourth quarter – to beat Comsewogue, 9-8, in a Division II game yesterday. It snapped a 26-game winning streak for Comsewogue, which last lost to Garden City in the 1997 Long Island championship game. The Warriors’ last regular-season loss came in March, 1997, a non-league loss to Sachem.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Kenney said. “It’s always nice to beat a team of such quality.”

Stony Brook tied the score at 8 when Mike Titus scored early in the fourth quarter. Both teams missed opportunities until Sean Metz scored the winning goal off a pass from Jay Smith with 1:52 remaining. Metz had three goals and three assists for the Bears (2-2, 2-2). Although the second-half goals helped, they weren’t the only ingredient in the victory. Stony Brook managed to slow down the momentum and goalkeeper Dave Pike made 11 saves, eight in the second half.

“Pike was outstanding,” Comsewogue coach Pete Mitchell said. “When you run into a hot goalkeeper like that, no matter how well you are shooting, he’s going to stop everything.”

Comsewogue had several opportunities in the fourth quarter, the last coming with about four seconds remaining in the game. All-America midfielder Kevin Cassese had the ball and fired a shot at Pike, who picked it cleanly to end the game. Stony Brook held Cassese to one goal and three assists.

“We switched to a zone when Cassese had the ball and, once he passed, we locked up on guys in a man-to-man,” Pike said. “It was nothing special, we just played it really well.”

Stony Brook already had lost to Rocky Point and Shoreham-Wading River, two teams Comsewogue (5-1, 3-1) must face next week.

“This was a huge game for them coming off those two losses,” Mitchell said. “I think this is good for our team; it makes us face a little adversity. How we respond is yet to be told, but we have a lot of character on this team. I think we’ll come back stronger.”

 

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