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Monday, September 1, 2014

JUST IN: Tropeano gets called up to Astros!

Sources have indicated tonight that #Seawolves star Nick Tropeano was called up the Houston Astros....the West Islip native was drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft...more info soon...

Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron during WUSB #Seawolves Football game - 8/28/14

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seawolves, new QB John Kinder sputter in season-opening loss to Bryant


For most of the previous four years, John Kinder was a spectator on the Syracuse sideline, and last season, he even moved from quarterback to wide receiver in practice. So after just one summer training camp, it was asking a lot for him to take charge of Stony Brook's offense and to produce immediate dividends.

With the exception of one highlight-reel touchdown pass, Kinder struggled Thursday night, and so did the Seawolves' offense in a disappointing 13-7 season-opening loss to Bryant in front of a LaValle Stadium crowd of 10,252, third largest in school history.

Stony Brook's usually prolific attack produced only 186 yards of total offense and a mere eight first downs. Kinder completed only 7 of 18 passes for 101 yards and was sacked four times for 37 yards in losses. He threw two interceptions, including one on fourth-and-4 at the Bryant 40- yard line that was returned 29 yards by the Bulldogs' Sebastien Amedee with just over four minutes left.

That sealed the fate of the Seawolves, who got 116 yards rushing on 27 carries by former William Floyd star Stacey Bedell. He started in place of Marcus Coker, who was serving a one-game suspension.

SBU's defense was outstanding, allowing 233 yards and 11 first downs and getting 12 tackles each from rover Christian Ricard and linebacker Jeremy Leggiero.


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Kinder couldn't rekindle much that was reminiscent of his athletic exploits at Lawrence High School. "I guess it was difficult to get back in the swing of things," he said. "It was a rough night. There were a few things I'd like to have back, like the interceptions. You can't have turnovers."

Kinder's only action for the Orange came in four games on special teams, and the rust showed when his first two drives ended with third-down sacks. Gifted with good field position, Bryant came away from its first two possessions with field goals of 32 and 27 yards by Tom Aliberti for a 6-0 lead.

The Seawolves didn't manage their initial first down until early in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Bedell to the Bulldogs' 37. Three plays later, Kinder threw an end-zone interception to cornerback Bobby Rutland.

The Seawolves' defense minimized the damage by forcing a three-and-out series, and Stony Brook took over at its 39. Nine seconds later, the Seawolves were celebrating. Kinder connected on a lightning strike to wide-open wide receiver Adrian Coxson down the middle for a 61-yard touchdown and a sudden 7-6 lead with 8:22 left in the first half. "That was my first college TD, so it felt great," Kinder said. "But I'd rather have the win."

Stony Brook's defense might have made that lead stand up, but on fourth-and-9, Easton completed the go-ahead 37-yard TD pass to Chad Ward midway through the third quarter. Redshirt freshman cornerback Marvin Hart, subbing for a starter who had cramps, fell on the play.

Stony Brook got no deeper than the Bryant 37 in the second half. Coach Chuck Priore credited Bryant for changing its defensive scheme to confuse Kinder. "They did things defensively that took away the passing game we had planned," he said. "They were 100 percent different than the way they were on film. We threw the game plan in the garbage at halftime. We had to change every blocking scheme."

If nothing else, the Seawolves know what must be fixed.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stony Brook Men's Basketball welcomes Jakub Petras to 2014-15 team

Stony Brook Men's Basketball welcomes Jakub Petras to 2014-15 team via Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Jakub Petras (Rajec, Slovakia), a 6-11, 250-pound center, has joined the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, completing the 2014-15 #Seawolves roster and giving the squad a presence on both ends of the floor, head coach Steve Pikiell announced Thursday.

“Jakub is a very talented big man who will fit in well with what we are trying to do as a team,” Pikiell said. “He is skilled both offensively and defensively, and what I really like about him is that he is a good and likable young man who will thrive at Stony Brook. He will be a valuable addition to our team both on and off the court.”

Petras previously played one year of basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy, long considered the best basketball academy in Europe, located on the island of Gran Canaria, which is part of the Canary Islands. With the addition of Petras, the basketball academy has seen a dozen of its players advance to a NCAA Div. I school this year. Prior to joining Canarias, Petras played club basketball back in Slovakia with IMC Povazska Bystrica, helping the team to two runner-up finishes in the Slovakian National Championship. He was named Player of the Future for his efforts.

Petras also has international experience as a member of the Slovakian U16 and U18 national teams. He appeared in 17 international competitions over two seasons of play in International Basketball Federation (FIBA) sponsored events. This year Petras was on the preliminary pool roster and was one of the final cuts for the Slovakian Men’s A national team that was putting together a roster for the qualification stage of the 2015 European Basketball Championship.

“Jakub is a terrific young man who will be a great addition to Stony Brook,” said Rob Orellana, the director of the Canarias Basketball Academy. “He is very skilled and, here at Canarias, he has had the opportunity to play against high-level basketball players, who have gone on to play NCAA Div. I basketball. He should do very well at Stony Brook and in the America East.”

Petras joins a Stony Brook squad that will return seven letterwinners and one redshirting freshman from last season’s team that won 23 games and advanced to the America East Championship final and earned a national postseason bid into the College Basketball Invitational. Leading the group of returners are 2014 America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney and 2014 All-America East second-team guard Carson Puriefoy. Petras joins an incredibly strong freshman class that also features Bryan Sekunda, Tyrell Sturdivant and Deshaun Thrower.

Friday, August 15, 2014

WUSB Sports Radio will broadcast eight Stony Brook Football games in 2014

Stony Brook, N.Y. -  WUSB 90.1 FM - the longtime broadcast home of Stony Brook University is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014 Stony Brook Football Broadcast schedule...

Veteran WUSB Broadcaster and #Seawolves alum Jeffrey Bernstein '92 will handle the Play-By-Play duties, along with newcomer Joe Soccoa as our analyst...

WUSB will broadcast eight football games, which begins on Thursday night August 28th as the #Seawolves host Bryant at 6:45 p.m...All games on WUSB can be heard on 90.1 FM, www.wusb.fm/sports and on the TuneIn (WUSB) app for free...

#Seawolves Sports Weekly will return for it's second-season on WUSB -  Sunday night at 10 p.m. starting August 31st... The hour-long show will feature Stony Brook Athletics players coaches and administration, with game-recaps and previews of #Seawolves games...SSW will run every Sunday throughout the #Seawolves season...

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28-Aug THR. BRYANT 6:45 p.m. FB
6-Sep SAT. at UCONN 11:45 a.m. FB
13-Sep SAT. AIC 5:45 p.m. FB
11-Oct SAT. MAINE 6:45 p.m. FB
8-Nov SAT. JMU 12:45 p.m. FB
15-Nov SAT. URI 12:45 p.m. FB
22-Nov SAT. at UAlbany 3:15 p.m. FB
* subject to change

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Harlem Globetrotters to open Stony Brook Arena with pair of shows October 4

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, Aug. 14 and start at just $20.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook Department of Athletics is proud to announce that the world renownedHarlem Globetrotters will open the newly renovated Stony Brook Arena with a pair of games on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 and 7 p.m. The games will be the first in the arena since March 2012 when the facility went offline to begin the renovation project.
Tickets for the two games will go on sale to the general public on Thursday, Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m., viawww.GoSeawolves.orgwww.harlemglobetrotters.com or by calling (631) 632-7142. Ticket prices range from $20-$125.
“We are excited to open Stony Brook Arena with one of the world’s great teams that has been entertaining fans for decades,” Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron said. “The family-friendly show that the Harlem Globetrotters provide represents the perfect lead-in for our new arena as we get set to showcase Stony Brook’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and the best game day experience on Long Island beginning in November.”
The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment, showcasing some of the greatest athletes on the planet. With incredible ball handling wizardry, amazing rim-rattling dunks and trick shots, side-splitting comedy and unequaled on-court fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family – creating memories that will last a lifetime. After the game, Globetrotter stars remain on the court for autographs and photographs with fans.
About Stony Brook AthleticsStony Brook Athletics sponsors 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports that compete in the America East Conference and CAA Football. Located on Long Island, just 60 miles outside of Manhattan, and known as the #Seawolves, Stony Brook is a fast-rising program with 49 conference championships and 28 national postseason bids in just 15 years as a Div. I program. With over $80 million of facility upgrades, major national television exposure in multiple sports, a student-athlete body with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 and unprecedented revenue generation and fundraising efforts, Stony Brook Athletics is positioning itself as one of the premier athletic programs in the Northeast Region among all public research universities. For more information, visit www.GoSeawolves.org.
About Stony Brook ArenaOpening this fall after a $21.1 million renovation, Stony Brook Arena is a 4,000-seat intimate basketball and entertainment destination that will serve as the new home for the Seawolves men’s & women’s basketball teams. The facility features numerous amenities that will enhance the fan experience, including two video boards, expanded concession areas and restrooms, four luxury suites, a VIP lounge, and courtside seating right on top of all the action. With affordable tickets available for every person and family combined with the best game day experience on Long Island, Stony Brook Arena is the hot new place to go for sports and entertainment. For more information, visit www.StonyBrookArena.com.
About the Harlem GlobetrottersSponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters® are celebrating their 88th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans-among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents-over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com.