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Vermont’s Ben French, right, attacks the net before scoring a fourth-quarter goal during Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game against Stony Brook.

BURLINGTON — Stony Brook stormed back from a five-goal halftime deficit at and secured a 10-9 victory over Vermont on Saturday at Virtue Field.

The Catamounts drop to 7-5 overall and 4-2 in America East play. Stony Brook improves to 8-5 overall and 4-1 in the America East.

“We still have a lot to learn and we have to go through these trials and tribulations to be a championship-caliber team,” UVM coach Chris Feifs said. “We certainly have to take our lumps today and get better from it. Right now we have to focus on getting healthy, watching the film, learning from it, having a great week of practice and giving Penn our best shot.”

The Catamounts jumped out to a 5-0 lead halfway through the first quarter, thanks to single goals from Dawes Milchling, Liam Rischmann and Rob Hudson in addition to a pair from David Closterman.

Jonathon McConvey’s man-up goal with 9:58 remaining in the second quarter made it 7-1 Vermont. Stony Brook’s Mike McCannell tallied his lone goal of the game to make it 7-2 with 7:38 remaining in the first half.

As a heavy fog rolled over the field, Stony Brook outscored Vermont 3-1 in the third quarter to make it 8-5 heading into the final 15 minutes of play. Sal Iaria tallied Vermont’s lone third-quarter goal with 4:27 to play in the quarter.

Layton Harrell scored for Stony Brook with 12:33 left in the fourth quarter and David Estrella tallied another goal 12 seconds later, cutting the UVM lead to one goal.

Ben French pushed the Catamounts back in front by two goals with 11:35 to play. But Harrell tallied another two goals for a fourth-quarter hat trick. He scored the game-winning goal with 3:24 remaining, giving Stony Brook its first lead of the game.

Closterman recorded his second straight four-point game. French tallied his second consecutive two-goal game and third straight multi-point game.

Goalie Nick Washuta made 15 saves between the pipes for the Catamounts. Michael Bollinger finished the game with 10 saves in the victory. UVM held a 39-34 advantage in shots, while Stony Brook held a 25-19 advantage in shots on goal. Each team won 25 ground balls, with Vermont winning 12 of 23 face-offs. Stony Brook turned the ball over 11 times, compared to 14 UVM turnovers.

Vermont will close the 2019 regular season next weekend with a neutral site game against the fifth-ranked Penn Quakers (8-3, 6-0 Ivy). The game will take place at Wilton High School in Wilton, Conn. The Catamounts are guaranteed to finish second or third in the conference, depending on the results of an upcoming showdown between Albany and Stony Brook.

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