Bulldogs Drop Heartbreaker In College Cup First Round

Nov. 18, 2005

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Adam Ciklic headed in a Tamar Mohamed cross 3 minutes, 42 seconds into overtime as Stony Brook edged Yale 2-1 in the first round of NCAA College Cup on a chilly night at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Seawolves (13-4-4) advance to the second round and will play at UConn next Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs' season ends with a 10-4-4 overall record.

Yale jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Gage Hills took a nice pass from Alex Guzinski and beat Stony Brook goalkeeper E.J. Xikis at 3:35. The Bulldogs appeared to increase the lead later in the half but had a goal disallowed because the play was ruled off side.

"When we got the early goal, I was thinking if we could get a second one, we might break them," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins.

Stony Brook, though, tied it early in the second half. Mohamed settled a Chris Megaloudis pass, made a nifty move and fired a shot past Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger.

The Seawolves' goal seemed to energize the Bulldogs, who had several excellent scoring chances in the remainder of the half but were unable to capitalize.

"I felt we did a pretty good job of poking the ball away and going on the attack," Hills said. "We just needed that final touch to get a goal."

Hills was stopped by Xikis on a breakaway with 39 minutes left, and a then had a header go just wide less than five minutes later. Xikis made a diving save to thwart Alex Munns later in the half, and Jon Carlos fired a shot that Xikis got just enough of to deflect off the crossbar.

"It's frustrating to lose a game when you had so many scoring chances," Tompkins said. "It was a passionate game and both teams played hard. It came down to finishing chances."

Geiger, who finished with five saves, stopped a Stony Brook chance when he made a diving save on Megaloudis' direct kick midway through the second half.

"Erik has matured into a terrific young goalkeeper," Tompkins said.

Yale outshot Stony Brook 15-10 for the game. Xikis made seven saves for the Seawolves.

"We were excited to be playing a quality team like Yale," Stony Brook head coach Cesar Markovic said. "This team has a survival instinct. We've been playing one-goal games all season and are comfortable in a tight game."

Stony Brook earned an automatic berth into the tournament by defeating Binghamton on penalty kicks in the championship game of the America East Tournament last Saturday.

The Bulldogs, who shared the Ivy League title with Dartmouth and Brown, started four freshmen, one sophomore, four juniors and only two seniors.

"Today you got to see some of the promise for the future," Tompkins said. "It was a learning experience. We know all about team work and playing with conviction, but there are still some areas we need to improve on."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity