Friday, February 25, 2011
Crowley's street cred grows south of the border
As the final minute wound down last May, Kevin Crowley was part of the sea of Stony Brook red, a desperate wave pushing for the tying goal on its home turf against Virginia. A ticket to the NCAA men’s lacrosse semifinals hung on the outcome.
The standing-room-only crowd of 10,024 at LaValle Stadium saw Crowley help get the ball upfield. But then Jordan McBride’s shot was stopped. The top-seeded Cavaliers, one of the marquee names in men’s lacrosse, escaped with a 10-9 victory. Crowley, the Enners Award winner as the nation’s outstanding Division I player, soon felt his disappointment dissolve into pride when he considered how far the Seawolves had come.
Now he is back for his senior season. The rest of the starting midfield returns, too. So does the starting attack. There is a buzz about Stoney Brook, which is ranked fifth in the coaches’ poll, the best in program history, after its first trip to the quarterfinals. So Crowley clearly has thoughts about taking the next steps — making the semifinals and claiming the title — in a journey that starts at home Saturday against Virginia, which is ranked No. 1.
“It’s my last year and I always believe in dreaming big,” Crowley said. “It’s going to come down to the work ethic you put in. I think creating that family atmosphere is really important. I don’t believe there’s a limit to how far we can go if we bring it all together by the end of the year.”
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