DURHAM, N.H. - Junior Josh McGeachey (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) scored one goal and assisted on the other two as the University of New Hampshire men's soccer team defeated America East newcomer Stony Brook, 3-1 Friday afternoon at Lewis Field. With the victory, the Wildcats improved to 4-3-1 overall and 2-0-0 in America East. The Seawolves dropped to 3-3-1 and 0-2-0.
Sophomore Nicholas Mello (Rehoboth, Mass.) started the scoring for UNH at 8:25 of the first half. A long throw from back Doug Lawver (Doylestown, Pa.) found the foot of McGeachy, whose shot was blocked by a Stony Brook defender. The rebound, however, went right to Mello who grounded it in from 10 yards out. UNH led at halftime, 1-0.
The Seawolves tied it early in the second half when Kwame Richardson streaked past a UNH defender down the right side, and blasted a shot just out of the reach of UNH goalkeeper Shaun O'Neil (Wrentham, Mass.) just inside the far post.
Just two minutes later, McGeachey picked up his second assist of the day when he connected with senior Tyler Tibbs (Beaverton, Ore.) off a corner kick to give the Wildcats a 2-1 lead. McGeachey sealed the win with his second goal of the season on a give-and-go with forward Josh Hareld (North Kingstown, R.I) at 81:33.
O'Neil finished with four saves to pick up his fourth win of the season. Seawolves netminder Dan Ferrin stopped four Wildcat shots.
UNH hits the road for its next three matches, at Albany (10/7), at Boston University (10/12) and at Northeastern (10/14 before returning home to take on defending America East champion Vermont (10/19).