On this day in Stony Brook history, three alums scored a combined 18 goals and produced five hat tricks for their respective college lacrosse teams.
On this day in 2001, Caitlin Banks ’00 scored 3 goals to help the University of Virginia top George Mason, 15-8. She netted two in the fist half to help the Cavaliers build a commanding 10-3 edge at the break. That season Banks was named the ACC Rookie of the year as the highest scoring freshman in the conference with 21 goals and 11 assists.
On this day in 2004, Banks struck again, netting 3 goals as UVA upset #2 Loyola, 12-11. Banks’ three scores put her over the century mark, giving her 101 for her career. Her five draw controls in the game gave her 120 for her career, good enough for third on Virginia’s all-time list. She capped her season with 3 goals and an assist in the National Championship game to help the Cavaliers claim the crown vs. Princeton, earning All-American honors in the process.
On this day in 2004, Nick Miaritis ’01 scored 3 goals to lead Georgetown University over #19 Loyola, 14-10. The former Bear finished fourth on team in points that season with 26.
On this day in 2007, Greg Titus ’03 scored 3 goals, one of his 16 hat tricks on the season, as #1 Salisbury buried Catholic University, 27-2. The former Bear scored a pair of goals in the Sea Gulls’ dominant 10-0 first quarter, and added his third score in the third quarter. Salisbury went on to finish undefeated and win the National Championship that season. Titus scored 3 goals in the final vs. Cortland, upping his season total to 76, which led the NCAA. He finished the season as an All-American.
On this day in 2008, Greg Titus scored 6 goals to lead #1 Salisbury to a 20-7 win over York. The former Bear scored three times in the first quarter to help the Sea Gulls build an 8-2 advantage. His second quarter tally upped the lead to 10-2 and back-to-back goals in the third pushed the Sea Gull advantage to 15-3. Salisbury went on to finish that season undefeated and once again claimed the National Championship. In the final, Titus scored twice and added 3 assists in the 19-13 win over Cortland. He finished eighth in the nation in goals (54) to earn another All-American nod.