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Stony Brook Headlines America East Lacrosse Tournament

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FUTURE NEWS: Stony Brook captures the 2011 America East Tournament; "Combustion" Crowley named "Democratically-Elected Authoritarian Ruler of Long Island for Forever."

I mean, that's how this year's conference tournament has to go, right? There's no other reasonable outcomes in the America East's future?

The America East is a weird kind of cat, man. For the last half-decade or so, UMBC has been on top of the mountain: Since 2005, the Retrievers have shared or taken the outright regular season title four times; the team won three tournament championships in that same span.

Before UMBC's dominance, Delaware won the league's crown three consecutive times from 1992-1994; Hofstra won the next four titles; and Albany had a run of capturing either the regular season or tournament crowns from 2002-2005.

This conference is all about teams that have a few years of hot classes. Stony Brook -- last year's regular season and tournament champions -- looks to carry on the tradition in the league. And, let's be honest: If the Seawolves somehow fail to win the 2011 conference tournament --

  1. There's going to be anarchy in the at-large selection pool for the NCAA Tournament; and
  2. The North Shore of Long Island may flood with tears of sadness and pain.

The aforementioned Seawolves, Hartford, UMBC, and Binghamton are your four competitors vying for the conference tournament title. Here's the shakedown:

Stony Brook 63.80 43 36.64 4 28.80 38 7.84 10
Hartford 67.52 28 27.14 37 28.27 34 -1.12 36
UMBC 65.83 36 26.25 42 31.54 53 -5.29 50
Binghamton 61.78 48 24.55 49 26.33 22 -1.78 41
PACE = Number of possessions per 60 minutes.
AOE = Adjusted offensive efficiency (goals for per 100 offensive possessions).
ADE = Adjusted defensive efficiency (goals against per 100 defensive possessions).
AEM = Adjusted efficiency margin (AOE less ADE).

Like pigs to the slaughter, son.

Here's the shakedown on the big offensive weapons taking the field tonight (SPOILER: You'll only want to care about the ones in Stony Brook's red and white):

Matt Springer Binghamton 7.16 86
Tyler Perrelle Binghamton 6.17 127
Carter Bender Hartford 7.85 63
Ryan Compitello Hartford 7.12 88
Rory Nunamacher Hartford 5.84 140
Aidan Genik Hartford 5.66 150
Martin Bowes Hartford 4.74 187
Kevin Crowley Stony Brook 11.62 6
Jordan McBride Stony Brook 8.96 28
Tom Compitello Stony Brook 7.26 83
Robbie Campbell Stony Brook 6.30 123
Timmy Trenkle Stony Brook 5.81 141
Russ Bonanno Stony Brook 5.57 153
Scott Jones UMBC 7.81 65
Rob Grimm UMBC 7.81 65
Dave Brown UMBC 6.25 124
Jamie Kimbles UMBC 4.43 200

T.O.V. = Total Offensive Value (individual points per 100 offensive possessions).
Rank = National T.O.V. rank.

So, that's the story about that. Who are you taking?