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Monday, May 25, 2015

Stony Brook receives No. 3 seed in Fort Worth Regional

- SBU Athletics
Seawolves will face No. 2 seed N.C. State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The Stony Brook baseball team (34-14-1, 18-4-1 AE), the America East Conference automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, received the No. 3 seed in the Fort Worth Regional.

The Seawolves will face No. 2 seed N.C. State, an at-large selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference, on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will be aired live on ESPN3.

"This is a good bracket," Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said. "TCU is an outstanding team and of course N.C. State out of the ACC is really playing well and has played well for a good month or so and Sacred Heart taking their tournament. This is a good field and we are excited to be a part of it."

Host and top-seed TCU, an at-large selection from the Big 12 Conference will face fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, the automatic qualifier from the Northeast Conference, at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

Stony Brook earned the automatic bid by claiming the program's fifth America East Tournament title this past Saturday. This will be the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Seawolves and the first since the school's historic run to the College World Series in 2012.

This is the first time Stony Brook enters the field as a No. 3 seed. The Seawolves own a 7-10 record in NCAA Tournament games, including winning the Coral Gables Regional and the Baton Rouge Super Regional in 2012.

Stony Brook NCAA Info:
WHO: No. 1 seed TCU (43-11, 15-5 Big 12), No. 2 seed N.C. State (34-21, 15-14 ACC), No. 3 seed Stony Brook (34-14-1, 18-4-1 AE), No. 4 seed Sacred Heart (23-30-1, 13-11 NEC)
WHEN: Friday-Monday, May 29-June 1
WHERE: Lupton Stadium -- Fort Worth, Texas
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 5th (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015)
WATCH LIVE: http://espn.go.com/watchespn/#sport/baseball/channel/espn3
SOCIAL MEDIA: @SBAthletics, @StonyBrookBase, #beLIeve

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stony Brook scores 11 runs in second inning to erase 7-0 deficit, wins America East title

Matt Senk after #Seawolves win America East (WUSB AUDIO)

(Newsday) This was an America East Conference championship game Stony Brook will long remember. UMBC will, too -- for very different reasons.

The top-seeded Seawolves allowed second-seeded UMBC to score seven runs in the first inning of the tournament final Saturday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts, but they didn't have much time -- or much need -- to worry about it.

That's because they came back with a tournament-record 11 runs in the top of the second en route to a 16-11 victory that put them in the NCAA Tournament.

"We always talk about answering back when we get down early, and never in my wildest imagination did I ever think we would come back with 11 runs,'' said coach Matt Senk, whose team finished with 19 hits and 16 walks. "We always preach answering back, and we did that tonight."

Stony Brook (34-14-1) had five hits and six walks in the big inning. Toby Handley had a two-run single and an RBI single, Freshman DH Malcolm Nachmanoff had a pair of RBI singles and Cole Peragine added a two-run single. Two more runs scored on bases-loaded walks.


Stony Brook will find out where it's headed when the NCAA Tournament selection show airs live on ESPNU at noon Monday. "This is an unbelievable feeling,'' said Senk, whose Seawolves put together a remarkable run and made it all the way to the College World Series in 2012. "I could not be more proud of these young men, my coaches, the athletic department that we are a part of and our university."

Sophomore Cameron Stone was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was named to the all-tournament team. He recorded saves in the first two Stony Brook wins and pitched 41/3 scoreless innings in three appearances in the tournament. Stone pitched a perfect 12/3 innings to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 24. He has not allowed a run since his first appearance of the season.

Joining Stone on the all-tournament team were sophomore lefthander Daniel Zamora, senior second baseman Robert Chavarria and freshman third baseman Bobby Honeyman (Coram).

With his RBI single up the middle in the fourth, sophomore first baseman Baker (Ronkonkoma) extended his hitting streak to 18 games. He finished the game with three hits and is 37-for-76 (.486) in those 18 games, including 11 multi-hit games and eight three-hit games.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stony Brook announces broadcast partnership with Connoisseur Media Long Island

Seawolves football to be carried on The Shark 94.3 FM and men's basketball on WHLI 1370 AM

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Stony Brook Athletics has announced a dynamic three-year agreement with Connoisseur Media Long Island, Long Island's premier media cluster, to broadcast Seawolves' football and men's basketball games beginning in the fall of 2015.

Over the next three seasons, 94.3 The Shark will air all regular and postseason Stony Brook Football games. The broadcast schedule with Connoisseur Media Long Island begins on September 3 when the Seawolves open the 2015 football season at Toledo.

The entire 2015-16 Stony Brook Men's Basketball season will be broadcast on WHLI 1370 AM.

"One of our primary objectives is to build the Stony Brook brand on a local, regional and national level," said Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron. "We will now have a significant platform to promote the Seawolves in our backyard of Long Island and beyond thanks to this partnership."

The radio agreement is the most comprehensive in the history of Stony Brook athletics, marking the first time that all football and men's basketball games will air live on a commercial radio station. In addition to the large radio broadcast coverage area, Connoisseur Media Long Island also provides live streaming on all station websites, including WHLI.com, K983.com, WALKradio.com, 1031maxfm.com and 943TheShark.com, so fans around the world can listen via computer or mobile device.

"The music rocks, but what's between the music is what keeps us local" said Don Harrison, Program Director for 94.3 The Shark."I'm proud for The Shark to have a partnership with such a reputable local institution like Stony Brook football."

The radio partnership also extends to the Seawolves game day experience. This fall, Stony Brook Athletics will unveil Seawolves Town, Long Island's premier tailgate venue. Connoisseur Media Long Island and 94.3 The Shark will be on site in Seawolves Town to share the Seawolves Football excitement with all of Long Island.

"We are look forward to making Stony Brook University, and all is has to offer, a hub for all Long Islanders," said Jim Condron, GM/Market Manager for Connoisseur Media Long Island."They have so much to offer beyond higher education. The atmosphere at their football and basketball games are a terrific family environment.And, if you can't make the game, you can tune to The Shark or WHLI for all the live action. This partnership is so exciting because we'll be able to not only broadcast the games, but we'll also be using our digital assets to help unite Stony Brook fans, alumni and the like."

For season ticket information or to reserve your spot in Seawolves Town, call 631-632-WOLF.

ABOUT CONNOISSEUR MEDIA AND CONNOISSEUR MEDIA-LONG ISLAND
Connoisseur Media is headquartered in Westport, Connecticut. The company owns and/or operates radio stations in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Billings, Montana, Bloomington, Illinois, Bridgeport, Connecticut, Erie, Pennsylvania, Nassau-Suffolk, New York, New Haven, Connecticut, Omaha, Nebraska, Rapid City, South Dakota, Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton, New Jersey, and Wichita, Kansas.

Connoisseur Media - Long Island is a media based cluster in Farmingdale, NY, that provides full service, one stop marketing programs. The portfolio of stations reaches Long Island both demographically and geographically across various platforms, including: commercial advertising on 6 radio stations (WALK 97.5, K-98.3 FM, The New 103.1 MAX FM, 94-3 The Shark, WHLI 1100/1370am), digital platforms using website integration with on-air messaging, mobile and text based campaigns, social media solutions, graphic design options, e-database marketing, field marketing distribution and sampling programs, cause marketing, PR facilitation and more. Learn more at www.connoisseurmediali.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ryan Sloan to finish his college football career at Stony Brook


By STEVEN MARCUS steven.marcus@newsday.com

Ryan Sloan, a former star defensive tackle who was the subject of a grade-fixing scandal at Bellport High School before attending Syracuse, will play his final season of eligibility at Stony Brook next season.

Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore said Sloan has graduated from Syracuse with a 2.82 grade-point average and will attend Stony Brook to pursue an unspecified master's degree.

The 6-2, 326-pound Sloan, who redshirted as a freshman and missed his sophomore year because of an injury, played 15 games in two years at Syracuse and had 18 total tackles.

A spokesman at Syracuse said, "Ryan Sloan elected to leave the Syracuse football program."

Sloan said, "I would rather wait until I walk in the doors [at Stony Brook]" before discussing his reasons for transferring.

"He'll certainly compete for playing time and have an opportunity to help us be a very good defensive team," Priore said. "He's an inside big kid, should be a good run-stopper. Hopefully he can help us just continue to get better in the CAA. I think he'll fit into what we do and he should definitely add to us being better."

Priore said Joe Cipp Jr., Sloan's high school coach, "definitely reached out and said Ryan was interested in Stony Brook to finish his football career."

In 2012, the South Country School District hired Melville attorney Bronwyn Black to investigate allegations that Sloan's grades were changed so he could earn a scholarship to play at Syracuse.

Cipp, who coached Bellport for three decades and is the second-winningest football coach in Suffolk County history behind St. Anthony's Rich Reichert, became the district's superintendent in 2010. Cipp resigned amid the investigation, although he denied any wrongdoing. Black's 44-page report, which was obtained by Newsday, determined that the grade-fixing allegations were valid.

Cipp, reached Thursday, said, "I don't think I did anything wrong. I didn't change grades. I wouldn't even know how to go into a computer to change grades . . . I was never found guilty of anything and they decided to buy me out, which happens all the time with superintendents."

Priore is not concerned about the controversy involving Sloan's grades, pointing to his GPA and saying, "He graduated in four years. I think that's pretty good."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

No. 6/4 Stony Brook falls to No. 11/12 Princeton, 8-4

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite holding its opponent to fewer than 10 goals for the 19th time this season, the No. 6/4 (IWLCA/Media) Stony Brook women's lacrosse team fell to No. 11/12 Princeton, 8-4, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Seawolves (18-2) and Tigers (16-3) were tied at three at halftime, but Princeton outscored Stony Brook, 5-1, in the final 30 minutes.

Sophomores Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.), Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.) and Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Kylie Ohlmiller (West Islip, N.Y.) tallied a goal apiece.

Abby Finkleston led Princeton with four goals.

Key Moments
Ohlmiller's goal with 8:37 left in the first half gave Stony Brook, which was seeded sixth, its only lead of the game, 3-2.

Finkleston scored with 3:10 remaining in the first and two straight two minutes apart in the second half as Princeton opened up a 6-3 lead. Yevoli cut the lead to 6-4 with 12:33 left in regulation.

Following a turnover, the Tigers regained possession with 7:49 left in the half. They sat on the balluntil Finkleston scored with 22 seconds left.

Quotes . . .
Joe Spallina
"We did a lot of great things throughout the year. In a week or so, I think I'll be able to reflect on all the great moments this year. Right now it's a tough one to digest. It hurts. It's a great group of kids. We have a ton of talent returning, but our senior class is world class. They're going to be missed. It hurts not being about to work with these kids for another game."


 By The Numbers
• Murphy, Yevoli and sophomore Kaitlyn Leahy (Bayport, N.Y.) had three ground balls apiece.
• Leahy finished with four saves.
• Van Dyke totaled three draw controls.
• Murphy's strong riding forced Princeton into three failed clears. She had two caused turnovers.
• Sophomore Alyssa Guido (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and senior Michelle Rubino (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) each registered an assist.

News & Notes
• The 18 wins represent the most in school history since the program was started in 2003.
• Today's game was the first meeting against Princeton.
• Ohlmiller finished with 44 assists, the second most in a season in school history.
• Stony Brook's senior class finished with 66 wins and a winning percentage of .825.
• Murphy will enter her junior season needing only 27 goals to become the school's all-time career leader.
• Stony Brook has held 36 of its last 39 opponents under 10 goals.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ahmad Walker transfers back to Stony Brook

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - (Athletics RELEASE) Ahmad Walker, who earned America East All-Rookie honors as a freshman at Stony Brook, has accepted a grant-in-aid offer and will transfer back to the University, head coach Steve Pikiell announced Monday.

"I'm so excited to welcome Ahmad back to the Seawolves family," Pikiell said. "He wanted to finish what he started and we couldn't be happier."

Walker will return to Stony Brook after a standout sophomore season at Barton Community College in Kansas. He led the Cougars to a 24-7 record and a berth in the Region VI playoffs. Walker averaged a Jayhawk West Conference-best 20.6 points per game and a team-high 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

He registered 10 double-doubles and eclipsed the 20-point mark 15 times, including three games of at least 30 points. During a five-game stretch from January 12 to February 4, Walker averaged 26.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game.

Walker led coach Craig Fletchall's squad to a No. 21 ranking in the NJCCA Division I national poll. Despite being picked seventh in the conference in the preseason, the Cougars finished third with a 12-4 league record.

Barton registered a win over No. 7 Butler and swept the season series against No. 23 Hutchinson.

Walker became Barton's fourth All-American in the last eight seasons and was named Jayhawk West Conference and Region VI MVP. In just one season, he ranks third all-time in a single season in free throws made (190) and free throws attempted (253) in Barton history.

As a freshman at Stony Brook, Walker garnered All-Rookie honors after starting 31 games with season averages of 7.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Walker scored in double figures seven times, including a career-high 22 points against Maine.

Walker will have two seasons of eligibility left.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Stony Brook Captures 3rd-Straight #AEWLAX Title...earn bye and #6-seed in NCAA Tournament

via America East - STONY BROOK, N.Y. - For the third-straight year, the Stony Brook Seawolves are the America East Women's Lacrosse champions, defeating Albany, 11-8, on Sunday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves earn the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they have won their opening round game in each of the past two seasons.

Stony Brook (18-1) was led by freshman and America East Rookie of the Year, Kylie Ohlmiller, who set a championship record with nine assists over two games to be named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Ohlmiller tied the tournament single-game record with five assists in the title game and added a goal to total six points.

Amber Kupres carried the bulk of the goal scoring for Stony Brook, scoring five goals, including four during the Seawolves' decisive first-half run. She joined Ohlmiller on the All-Tournament team along with Maegan Meritz and Taylor Ranftle. Courtney Murphy added three and Ranftle had two goals and three assists.

Dakotah Savitcheff and Sarah Martin had two goals apiece for Albany (14-4) while America East Offensive Player of the Year, Maureen Keggins, had a goal and two assists. Savitcheff and Martin earned spots on the All-Tournament team along with Rachel Bowles.

Stony Brook earned their third-straight NCAA bid by controlling possession and playing dominant defense against one of the top-scoring offenses in the country. Although draw control were almost even (Stony Brook 11, Albany 10), the Seawolves forced the Great Danes into 11 turnovers while also leading in ground balls, 8-5.

After Sarah Martin opened the scoring by giving Albany a, 1-0, lead at the 22:41 mark of the first half, Stony Brook rattled off five-straight goals and seven of the last eight before halftime to grab a 7-2 lead heading into the locker room. Kupres had four of those goals and six of the seven in the first half were assisted. 

During the five-goal run, the first three strikes came off Albany turnovers while the next two were from draw controls. On Kupres second goal, the senior leaped to make an athletic catch and shot the ball in one motion while falling to the ground to give Stony Brook its first lead at 2-1 with 17:32 left in the first half.

Bowles scored for Albany to end Stony Brook's run of five-straight goals, but Stony Brook scored the last two before halftime to maintain momentum.

Kupres added to the Stony Brook lead just 90 seconds into the second half on a feed from Ohlmiller to make it, 8-2. The Seawolves then controlled possession for most of the first 11 minutes of the first half.

Albany began to find a groove with back-to-back goals from Savitcheff to close the deficit to 9-4 with 17:17 remaining. The Great Danes then had possession with a chance to come within four, but a turnover ended the threat.

After a Ranftle goal, Albany got within five one more time on a strike from Keggins with 5:59 left, but Dorrien Van Dyke responded for Stony Brook just eight seconds later to make it 11-5. The Great Danes scored the final three goals of the game, but time ran out of Albany's comeback bid as Stony Brook defeated the Danes for the third-straight season in the title game.

Stony Brook is the third team in America East history to win three-straight titles. Delaware won three-straight from 1997-99 while Boston U. won six-straight from 2005-2010. The Seawolves will discover their fate in the NCAA Tournament during the selection show on Sunday night at 9 PM on NCAA.com.

All-Tournament Team
Kylie Ohlmiller, Stony Brook - Most Outstanding Player
Amber Kupres, Stony Brook
Maegan, Meritz, Stony Brook
Taylor Ranftle, Stony Brook
Rachel Bowles, Albany
Dakotah Savitcheff, Albany
Sarah Martin, Albany
Carolyn Jamison, UMBC
Lexi Bristow, UMBC
Danielle Seifert, Vermont
Meg Hopkins, Vermont

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Stony Brook Men's Lacrosse team fell to No. 7 Albany, 22-9, in the finals of the America East Championship.

Albany, N.Y. - The No. 17 Stony Brook men's lacrosse team fell to No. 7 Albany, 22-9, in the finals of the America East Championship.
Senior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) wrapped up an outstanding career with a goal and three assists. He finished his career with 253 points.

Junior Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) tallied a hat trick for the second straight game.

Freshman Ben Randall (Mason, Ohio) recorded a career-high five caused turnovers and three ground balls. Sophomore Jeff Reh (Sound Beach, N.Y.) had a goal, four ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Rooney and juniors Lucas Rock (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Dylan Curry (East Meadow, N.Y.) were named to the All-Championship Team.

Lyle Thompson had five goals for Albany (15-2). Connor Fields added four goals and four assists and Seth Oakes posted four goals.

Quotes . . .
Jim Nagle
"I'm disappoint in the result today, but not in the effort from our team. I'm very proud of my team's accomplishments this year. We took a big step getting back to the Championship game. We're going to continue to build from this and get better."

Challen Rogers
"We got away from the fundamentals that got us to this point like shooting low and just overall taking quality shots."

Key Moments
Stony Brook trailed Albany, 8-3, but back-to-back goals from Reh and Rogers cut the deficit to 8-5 with 8:19 to play in the second quarter. The Great Danes scored five straight and outscored the Seawolves, 14-4, the rest of the way.

By The Numbers
· Sophomore Hayden Johnstone (Toronto, Ontario) finished with 11 saves.
· Albany outshot Stony Brook, 48-25.
· Stony Brook recorded 13 caused turnovers.
· Albany's Lyle Thompson turned the ball over a season-high nine times.
· 23 of Stony Brook's 25 shots were on goal.
· Junior Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) scored a goal and finished the season with a school-record 62 goals.

News & Notes
· Today's game was just the second time the Seawolves have been held under 10 goals this season.
· Eastwood's 62 goals are tied for the 14th-most in a season in Division I history.
· Rooney finished his career with 132 goals and 121 assists.
· Rooney's 63 assists and 111 points rank 12th and fifth, respectively, in a season in Division I history.
· Stony Brook made its seventh appearance in the America East Championship game (3-4).
· Stony Brook's 13 wins are tied for the most in program history (2010).

Friday, May 1, 2015

WLAX beats #UMBC 16-5 in America East semifinal...

Joe Spallina after 16-5 America East semifinal win over UMBC at LaValle Stadium, Stony Brook University by WUSB Sports Radio #np on #SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/wusb-sports-radio/joe-spallina-after-16-5