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Monday, July 28, 2014

New York Lizards honor No. 20/18 #Seawolves



  
Stony Brook is the two-time reigning America East championStony Brook, N.Y. - The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse honored the No. 20/18 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team for a banner 2014 campaign at halftime of Sunday's game vs. Chesapeake. The game was played at LaValle Stadium, where the #Seawolves knocked off then- No. 19/19 Albany, 7-1, for a second straight America East title May 4, and aired live nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Led by head coach Joe Spallina, who is also the head coach of the Lizards, the Seawolves won a program-record 17 games in 2014, including a 10-8 win over Towson in the NCAA Tournament May 9.
With 60 percent of the team's goal scoring from 2013 lost to graduation, Spallina reloaded with some of the top-performing rookies in the conference and country. The Seawolves placed a league-high four players on the America East All-Rookie Team in Long Island natives Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.), Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.), Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Alyssa Guido (Rocky Point, N.Y.). Van Dyke, who led freshmen nationally with 68 points, was named America East Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference and to the ILWomen.com All-Rookie Team. Joining her on the ILWomen.com All-Rookie Team was Murphy, who paced Division I freshmen with 61 goals.
In a year that saw the young offense take shape, the Seawolves received one of the best season-long performances in NCAA history from their defense. Stony Brook yielded 5.33 goals per game, breaking its own national mark from the 2013 season, and held opponents to single-digit goals in 19 of 21 games.

Monday, July 21, 2014

CAA Football Media Day set for Wednesday...Coach Priore at 11:26 a.m.

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore and senior offensive lineman Cody Prechtwill represent the #Seawolves at CAA Football Media Day Wednesday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
The Seawolves are entering their second year in the league after a 3-5 conference record in 2013.
CAA Football will broadcast media day live from 10 a.m. to noon, exclusively on CAA.tv, which can be accessed for free on desktop and mobile devices. Media Day Live will feature interviews with head coaches from all 12 schools, select student-athletes and commissioner Tom Yeager.
CAA Football Media Day will also be covered extensively on the league's Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. Fans are encouraged to join the conversation online by using the hashtag #CAAFB.
CAA Football Media Day Central at CAAFootball.com will be the event's online home. Media Day Central will run a live blog throughout the day and serve as a hub for preseason news and information. The page will also house video replays of coach and student-athlete interviews in the days following Media Day.


 coach and student-athlete interviews in the days following Media Day

Crowley leads Team Canada to World Lacrosse Championship

Commerce City, Colo. - Kevin Crowley '11 scored five goals to lead Team Canada to an 8-5 win over the United States in the gold medal game of the FIL World Championships Saturday.
Crowley, who scored three goals in the first six games, tallied Canada's first four goals. His marker with 9:05 left in the third quarter was the game winner.
It was the third title for Canada, which last won in 2006.
Jordan McBride '11 dominated competition en route to being named to the President's Team, consisting of the top 10 players not competing in the Blue Division (Canada, USA, Australia, Japan, England and Iroquois Nation). McBride totaled 28 goals and 10 assists in eight games to lead Scotland to a sixth-place finish.
Poland, coached by Stony Brook alums Sean Chamberlain '07 and Tom Compitello '11, finished 20th.Michael Poch was one of the top players for Poland, tallying nine goals and eight assists. As the team's primary face-off specialist, Poch was 64 of 83 (.771) and had 33 ground balls. Larry Cerasi '07 added 11 goals and three assists.
Rising sophomore Hayden Johnstone helped Team Finland to a top-15 finish. In eight games, Johnstone posted a 2-2 record with a .628 save percentage and a 5.93 goals against average.
 

 

The FIL World Championships will return to Manchester, England, the site of the 2010 Championships, in 2018.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

McCombs names Adam Call, Tatiyiana McMorris to #Seawolves staff - photo via SBU

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook women’s basketball head coach Caroline McCombs announced the hiring of Adam Call as an assistant coach and Tatiyiana McMorris as the Director of Basketball Operations Wednesday afternoon. Call and McMorris have combined for seven NCAA Tournament appearances throughout their women’s basketball careers.
Call comes to Stony Brook after spending the 2013-14 campaign as the Director of Player Development at the University of Washington, where he helped guide the Huskies to a 20-win season and berth in the WNIT Quarterfinals. The programs he has worked for have qualified for the NCAA Tournament five times, including trips to the NCAA Sweet 16 as the student manager for the University of Oklahoma in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Call was the Director of Basketball Operations at Northwestern from 2011-13, where he was ran Joe McKeown Basketball Camps and supervised managerial staff, the video coordinator and interns.
“I am thrilled to have Adam on board,” McCombs said. “Having worked with him at Northwestern, I know he has a contagious work ethic and passion for the game of basketball. He brings a wealth of national postseason experiences with him, which will be vital as we look to secure America East titles and NCAA Tournament berths at Stony Brook.” 
Texas Christian University made a national postseason trip in each of Call’s three seasons as video coordinator, including the NCAA Tournament in 2008-09 and 2009-10. TCU claimed the Mountain West regular season title in 2009-10 and played in the WNIT in 2010-11. He began his career as a sophomore at the University of Oklahoma, where he served three seasons as the student manager from 2004-07. The Sooners claimed two Big XII tournament and regular season championships and went to the NCAAs every year. 



Call holds a B.A. in international area studies from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s degree in liberal arts from TCU.
McMorris, a former All-BIG EAST selection at Marquette, arrives at Stony Brook after working as a graduate assistant at UMass-Amherst last season. During her time with the Minutewomen, McMorris acted as the video coordinator, assisted with scouts and monitored study hall. 
“I am very excited to welcome McMorris to Stony Brook,” McCombs said. “She is a driven and goal-oriented individual. Her organizational skills, combined with her experiences playing a high level of Division I basketball, will make her a valuable resource for our coaches and student-athletes.”
During her standout career at Marquette, McMorris led the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament in 2009-10 and 2010-11, advancing to the second round in 2010-11, and the 2007-08 WNIT Semifinals. A prolific 3-point shooter, she finished fourth in school history with a 37.1 3-point field goal percentage and competed in the 2011 State Farm Women’s 3-Point Shooting Contest. She was named second-team All-BIG EAST and the Golden Eagles’ Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior and was a BIG EAST All-Academic honoree as a junior. 
McMorris coached Ring City, one of the top AAU programs in the country, which is currently named NY iExcel, under head coach Walter Welsh in 2012. As an assistant coach at Sussex Hamilton High School in Sussex, Wis., she helped the program win its first-ever Greater Metro Championship. 
She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Marquette.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Stony Brook names Caroline McCombs #Seawolves women's basketball head coach



Stony Brook, N.Y. – Incoming Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron has named former Auburn assistant coach Caroline McCombs as the new #Seawolves women’s basketball head coach. She will be announced at a press conference in the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center Friday at 10 a.m.
McCombs comes to Stony Brook with more than 15 years of experience as an assistant at the Division I level and is responsible for the development of two Associated Press All-Americans and three WNBA players. The programs she has coached for have qualified for either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT 11 times.
McCombs inherits a Stony Brook team that is coming off a banner 2013-14 season, winning a program-record 24 games, reaching the final of the America East Championship and qualifying for the WNIT, its first national postseason appearance since 2006.
“We are thrilled to welcome Caroline to Stony Brook as the leader of our women’s basketball program,” Heilbron said. “Our goal is to build a championship caliber program that contends for America East titles and NCAA Tournament berths on an annual basis. I believe that Caroline brings the experience and vision that will allow the Seawolves to reach new heights.
“More importantly, Caroline demonstrated an ability and desire to be a mentor to young women, and she embraces our mission to develop leaders on the court and in the classroom. I am excited for each of our student-athletes who will now have the opportunity to excel athletically and academically under her leadership.”
“I want to thank Shawn Heilbron, Donna Woodruff and the search committee for the incredible opportunity to become a member of the Seawolves family,” McCombs said. “I am very excited to serve such a world-class, growing university that is committed to excellence in athletics and academics.

  

“I know that together, we will develop a lasting, winning culture at Stony Brook where our student-athletes compete for America East championships, graduate with degrees from this fantastic institution and are role models within our community.”
McCombs spent the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Auburn, where she developed a pair of SEC All-Conference and All-Defensive players, one All-Freshman performer and one Scholar-Athlete. The 2012 recruiting class was ranked 16th nationally, and the Tigers earned a six-seed and quarterfinal berth in the SEC Tournament and advanced to the final eight of the WNIT this past season. She helped guide Auburn to wins over two top-20 teams in two seasons, downing No. 16 Vanderbilt in 2014 and No. 23 Arkansas in 2013.
Prior to her time at Auburn, McCombs coached nine Big Ten All-Conference selections in her two seasons as an assistant coach for Northwestern. Under her tutelage, Amy Jaeschke made history in 2011 by becoming the program’s first-ever WNBA Draft pick when she was selected 27th by the Chicago Sky. That year, Jaeschke was also Northwestern’s first AP All-American since 1998, earning honorable mention recognition. The Wildcats played in the 2011 WNIT and defeated three ranked opponents (No. 24 Ohio State, 2011; No. 20 LSU, 2011; No. 16 Nebraska, 2012).
The Panthers were a postseason staple during her five-year stint as an assistant coach at Pittsburgh. They made three NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2008 and ’09. Additionally, they played in the WNIT in 2006 and 2010, going all the way to the Final Four in 2010. Pittsburgh broke or tied the school wins record in four straight seasons, and the squad ended the 2008-09 campaign at No. 14 in the final AP Poll, the highest national ranking in program history. She was instrumental in the development of Shavonte Zellous, the 11th overall pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, first Panther to be drafted and a 2009 third-team AP All-American. Zellous was one of six Pittsburgh student-athletes McCombs coached who went on to play professionally.
McCombs began her collegiate coaching career at Valparaiso University, where she received her master’s degree in 2001, in 1999 and was promoted to associate head coach in 2004. She helped guide the team to its first two NCAA Tournament berths in 2003 and ’04 and the WNIT in 2002. Among the 15 All-Conference honorees she coached was Marlous Nieuwveen, who became the first player in school and Mid-Continent Conference history to reach the WNBA when she made the Los Angeles Sparks in 2005. The team was equally impressive in the classroom, making the WBCA Academic Top 25 in 1999, 2000, ‘01 and ’02.
McCombs was a four-year letterwinner and 1997 NCSA Strength and Conditioning All-American at Youngstown State University. She captained the Penguins to a second-round NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998, the first by a team in the Mid-Continent Conference. YSU also went to the Big Dance in 1996 and won the regular season title in each of her four seasons. The program’s all-time freshman leading scorer, McCombs was named to the conference’s All-Academic Team four times, second team twice and All-Newcomer Team as a freshman. She was inducted into the Youngstown State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. 
She played professionally from 1998-99 for the Czech Basketball Federation’s BK Blex Karlovy Vary and was the head coach for Athletes in Action in Warsaw, Poland in 2004.
What They’re Saying About Caroline McCombs…
“I’m very excited for Caroline. She has worked extremely hard as an assistant coach over the last several years to get this opportunity. Caroline has proven herself to me, as well as the other schools where she has worked, that she deserves this great opportunity. As our recruiting coordinator, Caroline knew exactly what kind of players to recruit for our system. She worked with our guards, helping develop them as players, and the results showed on the court. Stony Brook should be proud of hiring Caroline, and I think she will do an outstanding job there.”
--Terri Williams-Flournoy, Auburn University Women’s Basketball Head Coach
“I feel like Caroline will be a fantastic head coach. She has worked diligently everywhere she has been as an assistant and has a broad range of talent from recruiting, to player development to understanding the game of basketball. I think she will be able to jump right in and give Stony Brook leadership in that position and has the potential to do great things.”
--Joe McKeown, Northwestern Women’s Basketball Head Coach
"I'm thrilled Stony Brook had the vision to hire such a rising star in the collegiate coaching ranks. It's a win for the Seawolves and the student-athletes. Caroline is so dedicated to the student-athletes, and you will not find someone who works harder. She has paid her dues, and she has done so in the right way. She was a great collegiate player; she coached an international team and was a great associate head coach for one of her alma maters. Caroline was a phenomenal resource for me at Pittsburgh when we made five straight postseasons and back-to-back NCAA Tournament Sweet 16s. She is prepared. When preparation meets opportunity, success is the result. Caroline now has an opportunity, and the success will follow." 
--Agnus Berenato, Former Pittsburgh Women’s Basketball Head Coach (2003-13)
“Caroline McCombs is one of the best young coaches in our game. When I started my career as a coach at Pittsburgh, I was incredibly lucky to be able to work alongside Caroline and learn from her each day. I have never met a more dedicated, organized and hardworking individual with the sharp basketball mind and recruiting savvy that Caroline possesses. As a young assistant, she took me under her wing and was a wonderful teacher and mentor. I have used something Caroline taught me every day in my coaching career. Stony Brook got a steal with Caroline McCombs. She will be a great head coach, and I believe, one day a legend.”
--Shea Ralph, University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach and former Pittsburgh Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach (2003-2008)
“I’m so excited for Stony Brook to have Caroline McCombs as its new women’s basketball coach. Throughout my playing career at Pittsburgh, she helped develop me into the player and person that I am today. Anytime I needed her—whether it was in the gym or help with schoolwork—she was there for me. I think she will do a great job for the Seawolves.”
--Shavonte Zellous, Pittsburgh ’09 and current WNBA player for Indiana Fever 
“Caroline is an energetic, up-and-coming head coach. She is one of the hot names who had to be given the opportunity to be a leader. I think she has a real strength in recruitment and networking herself into relationships, which will be fantastic for Stony Brook. She has recruited both highly academic and athletic players from around the country. Most impressively, she has a real tireless work ethic and a thirst for learning.”
--Dan Olson, Director, ESPNW HoopGurlz and Owner/Director of Collegiate Girls Basketball Report
“I expect Caroline to do very well. She is an up-and-coming head coach who is a very driven, relentless worker and recruiter. I think she will take Stony Brook to new heights and help the Seawolves compete annually for America East championships."
--Bret McCormick, Scouting Director, All-Star Girls Report

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#Seawolves finish second in America East Stuart P. Haskell Commissioner's Cup

Final Commissioner's Cup Standings:
1- Albany
2- Stony Brook
3- UMBC
4- UNH
5- Binghamton
6- Hartford
7- UVM
8- Maine
9- UMass Lowell

Olivia Burne...2014 America East Women of the Year...Congrats!












Bretton Woods, N.H. – Senior Olivia Burne of the Stony Brook women’s cross country and track and field programs has been named America East Woman of the Year, conference officials announced Tuesday at the Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. The honor recognizes the conference’s senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence and leadership on and off the field.

The America East’s Senior Woman Administrators selected Burne, a three-time Scholar-Athlete (cross country, 2013 and 2014 and indoor track, 2014), from a pool of nine women. To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.500 (4.000 scale).

Burne holds a 3.84 GPA in journalism and served as the campus president for The Supply, an organization dedicated to transforming urban slums.

A team captain for cross country and track and field, she collected an individual conference title in each of the final four America East championship meets of her Stony Brook career. After winning the 1,500-meter run at the 2013 outdoor championships, she went on to claim the 2013 cross country, 2014 indoor 1,000-meter and 2014 outdoor 1,500-meter crowns. She is a two-time All-Region performer in cross country (2013 and 2014) and was named a second-team All-American by the USTFCCCA following a trip to the 2013-14 NCAA Indoor Championships to compete in the mile. Burne wrapped her stellar career in the 1,500-meter run at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Regionals May 30.

She was named USTFCCCA All-Academic in cross country in 2013 and 2014 and placed on the America East All-Academic teams for cross country, indoor track and outdoor track a combined seven times.

Burne is the second Stony Brook woman to receive the honor, joining former teammate Lucy Van Dalen, who was chosen in 2012.  She will be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.