Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's football team will make history in 2010 when the Seawolves travel to Tampa, Florida to play Big East Conference member the University of South Florida Bulls in their first-ever game against a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) opponent. The game is one of three future contests against FBS institutions (formerly known as Division IA). Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore also announced today that in addition to South Florida, the Seawolves will play at University of Buffalo in 2011 and Army in 2012.
"We are very excited about adding these programs to Stony Brook's future football schedules," said Fiore. "The opportunity to play football programs of this caliber is the next logical step forward for our athletic program. These contests will be events that the entire Stony Brook University community, student-athletes, alumni and fans will look forward to with great excitement and passion."
Stony Brook and South Florida will square off on September 4, 2010 in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Bulls, members of the Big East Conference, have quickly grown into one of the top programs in the Big East. In only 11 seasons, South Florida has gone from not sponsoring a football program to one that has been ranked among the top-25 in each of the last two seasons and has played in three consecutive Bowl games. Last season the Bulls finished 9-4, their second straight 9-4 season, defeating then No. 5 West Virginia early in the season before going on to play the University of Oregon in the Sun Bowl.
"Playing these types of games was a part of our original five-year strategic plan when we started here," added third-year head coach Chuck Priore. "These games will give us an opportunity to continue to raise the level of our recruiting efforts while also challenging our student-athletes and staff. Competing against these institutions will help transition the Stony Brook football program to the next level of competition and prestige."
Stony Brook and Buffalo will square off on September 10, 2011 at UB Stadium in the first football meeting between the two largest schools in the SUNY (State University of New York) system. Last season the Bulls had their highest win total in the Division I history of the program and won a share of the Mid-American Conference East Division title.
On September 29, 2012, Stony Brook will travel up the Hudson River to take on one of the most storied college football programs in the nation when it plays Army. Similar to the other two FBS opponents that were announced, this game will be the first-ever football meeting between the Seawolves and the Black Knights.
Stony Brook will kick off the 2008 season at home on August 30 when it hosts Colgate University in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, July 28, 2008
LONG ISLAND FARES WELL AS EMPIRE STATE GAMES CONCLUDE IN BINGHAMTON...NEXT SUMMER, 2009 - MID-HUDSON VALLEY; 2010 - BUFFALO
Sunday, July 27, 2008
2008 SBU FOOTBALL PICKED FOURTH IN BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL, FOUR SEAWOLVES PLAYERS ALSO RECEIVE PRESEASON PICKS
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Fans who want to watch the interviews can access them through the Big South website, http://www.bigsouthsports.com/, which will provide live streaming of the interviews free of charge. To watch the interviews please click here. For those fans that are unable to watch live, the interview sessions will be archived on the Big South website.
Stony Brook opens preseason camp on August 3 and will kick off its 2008 season with a pair of home games, part of an exciting six-game home schedule that will include three games against the Seawolves new Big South Conference opponents. Things will start on August 30 when Stony Brook will host Colgate at 6:00 p.m.
Season tickets and single-game tickets are currently on sale for Stony Brook’s six home games at LaValle Stadium. Tickets can be purchased 631-632-WOLF. Fans can also purchase tickets online by visiting http://www.goseawolves.org/.
Shvartz earned All-America East honors for a second straight season in 2008 when he was named a first team selection at No. 3 singles. Shvartz turned in a 14-7 overall mark for the Seawolves, going 5-0 in his No. 3 matches. A member of the 2007-08 America East Commissioners Honor Roll, Shvartz was also one of two players selected to the America East All-Academic team for men's tennis.
A second team All-America East selection and an ABCA Northeast East Region first team honoree, Stephan started 59 of the Seawolves 60 games and finished the season ranked 12th in the nation in on-base percentage (.518) and second in the country in hit by pitch (30). He also led the team with 11 home runs and ranked second on the squad with 37 RBI and 49 runs scored as he helped the Seawolves win the America East title and make an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVES LEAGUE PROPOSALS
Expanded playoff format and rosters to debut in 2009; future All-Star sites announced
(Bridgewater, N.J., July 17, 2008) – Following the Atlantic League Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday, league CEO and founder Frank Boulton announced that proposals to modify the league playoff and roster formats have been unanimously approved for the 2009 season. Boulton also announced that Newark will host the 12th annual All-Star Game and festivities in 2009, while Long Island will serve as host in 2010. Beginning next year, the first round of the postseason will go from a best-of-three showdown to a best-of-five series. In addition, teams will be able to carry 27 players on their active rosters from Opening Day until May 31.
“The Atlantic League is constantly moving forward, and we are excited about the modifications that will debut next season,” said Boulton. “As we celebrate the accomplishments of our players and organizations at this week’s festivities, we continue to work hard to guarantee the competitive strength of the league and provide our fans with quality baseball and an unparalleled minor league experience.”
In years past, division champions from each half of the season would play each other in a best-of-three series to determine which club would represent the division in the league championship series. The 2009 season will see the divisional playoff round expanded to a best-of-five matchup.
The expansion of rosters at the beginning of the season gives teams the option to carry two more active players than is currently allowed from Opening Day until May 31. Beginning on June 1, teams will be allowed to carry no more than 25 active players on their rosters for the remainder of the season. Up to two extra players from each team will be placed into a pool and entered into a league-wide draft. The team with the worst win-loss record will have the opportunity to select one of these players out of the draft pool, with the second-worst team having the next selection, and so on. Any remaining players not chosen in the draft will be granted their outright release.
League officials on Wednesday also announced that Newark’s Bears & Eagles Riverfront Stadium will host the 2009 All-Star Game. The contest was last held in Newark in 2001, and will take place in late June of next year. The Long Island Ducks will host the 2010 All-Star Game at Citibank Park, marking a return of the league’s premier talent showcase to Central Islip for the first time since 2002.
The Atlantic League is an Independent Baseball League, not affiliated with Major League Baseball, which is in its eleventh year of play and serves communities not currently being served by Major League or Minor League baseball. Our mission is to bring a high level of professional baseball and affordable family entertainment to those selected communities. For more information, please call 856-541-9400 or visit http://www.atlanticleague.com/.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Celebrated official scorer passes away at 79
(Central Islip, N.Y., July 15, 2008) – Long time newspaper writer and baseball aficionado Red Foley passed away yesterday after battling illness for the past year. Red worked with the Ducks from 2000-2007 as an official scorer, something he had done at the Major League level for many years. Most of us that came in contact with Red have stories to tell or fond memories of time spent in his presence. There aren’t too many characters like Red Foley that you come across in life and we’ll miss him.
On Friday night, the Ducks will fly the flags at half staff and observe a pregame moment of silence in his memory.
Joe Nathan has an unusual perspective about the site of this All-Star Game. All the players look around at Yankee Stadium and are impressed; Nathan looks around and sees where he used to sit.
"I had upper decks [tickets], I had lower, I sat pretty much everywhere in the Stadium," he said, thinking back to his adolescence in Pine Bush in Orange County. "So it's a spot that even now gives me goose bumps."
Then again, the Twins' closer has yet another unique perspective. He actually has been in an All-Star Game at Yankee Stadium. It was when he was playing for Stony Brook University.
"I believe it was a Division II-Division III all-star game," he said. "I was a shortstop back then, so I started at shortstop."
Aside from that, he said the best park that Stony Brook played in was one at Ithaca during the playoffs.
Nathan has to rank near the top of the list of players on the "how did they get there?" list. It was a big leap from Stony Brook shortstop to American League All-Star reliever, and he plans to savor every second of it. He appreciates the historical significance of this final All-Star Game at the current Yankee Stadium.
"I know we don't get a chance to come in here as much as the teams in-division that play the Yankees," he said, "but I think the energy that's created in this stadium is unbelievable."
Friday, July 11, 2008
Leading the way for Stony Brook were the men's lacrosse and women's swimming & diving teams, which each placed 22 student-athletes on the honor roll. Not far behind was the men's swimming & diving team, placing 21 student-athletes and the women's track & field team, which had 20 honorees.
The spring semester was an exceptional one for Stony Brook both academically and athletically. The Seawolves baseball and softball teams both advanced to the NCAA tournament, senior Dana Hastie (Wellington, New Zealand) made Stony Brook's first appearance in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and both the tennis and men's lacrosse teams advanced to America East postseason play.
Academically, softball captain and senior Sara Cerrone (Floral Park, N.Y.) became the first student-athlete in Stony Brook history to be named Valedictorian. During the commencement ceremony, Cerrone was also honored when she was hooded by the school of Arts and Sciences and Dana Hastie delivered the Student Speech to the graduating class of 2008, which is also a first for a Stony Brook student-athlete.
The Seawolves had four student-athletes graduate with both summa cum laude and magna cum laude honors and two with cum laude. Overall, 65 student-athletes were recognized during the spring commencement ceremonies.
James Astea (Men's Lacrosse) - History
Kelly Bahnsen (Women's Soccer) - Health Science
Mitchell Beauford (Men's Basketball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Daniel Berluti (Football) - Health Science
Elizabeth Carlson (Women's Track & Field) - English
Diana Caroleo (Women's Lacrosse) - History
Sara Cerrone (Softball) - Biology
Adam Ciklic (Men's Soccer) - Sociology
Robert Dantone (Men's Track & Field) - Business Management
Cheri Davis (Women's Basketball) - Health Science
Matthew Descovich (Men's Swimming & Diving) - History
Kaitlyn Deutsch (Volleyball) - Business Management
Rhys Duch (Men's Lacrosse) - Health Science
Kristen Dupuis (Women's Lacrosse) - Sociology
Jonathon Eldor (Men's Swimming & Diving) - Electrical Engineering
Tiffany Fasullo (Women's Soccer) - Psychology
Dana Ferraro (Women's Basketball) - Health Science
Gadiel Figueroa (Men's Soccer) - Sociology
Melvin Genao (Men's Track & Field) - Psychology
Nyisha Green-Washington (Women's Swimming & Diving) - Health Science
Assad Hafiz (Football) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Amy Hallion (Women's Lacrosse) - Health Science
Dana Hastie (Women's Track & Field) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Bryan Johansmeyer (Men's Lacrosse) - Psychology
Jonathan Kalkau (Baseball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Alexander Kissel (Men's Swimming & Diving) - Psychology
Krista Klicpera (Women's Swimming & Diving) - Biology
Thomas Koehler (Baseball) - History
William Konczynin (Men's Lacrosse) - Political Science
Sean LeFloch (Men's Lacrosse) - Biology
Lawrence Lovell (Football) - Business Management
Ricky Lucas (Men's Basketball) - Health Science
Kevin McCarthy (Men's Track & Field) - Biochemistry
Kristin Mishrell (Women's Soccer) - Health Science
Tamer Mohamed (Men's Soccer) - Health Science
Elizabeth Montreuil (Women's Lacrosse) - Business Management
Mubaarak Muhammad (Men's Track & Field) - History
Gary Novakowski (Baseball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Amy Oleksiej (Volleyball) - History
Milo Otis (Men's Soccer) - Sociology
Lina Pachon (Women's Swimming & Diving) - Linguistics
Daniel Piastuck (Men's Swimming & Diving) - Economics
Christopher Roertgen (Men's Track & Field) - History
Daniel Salazar (Men's Soccer) - Psychology
Kerry Salzano (Women's Track & Field) - Anthropology
Mark Saraceni (Football) - Health Science
Steven Schroeder (Men's Lacrosse) - History
Krista Shilts (Women' Soccer) - Psychology
Christopher Sipp (Baseball) - Multidisciplinary Studies
Richard Skoblicki (Men's Soccer) - Political Science
Alexei Smirnov (Men's Swimming & Diving) - Biomedical Engineering
Brooke Souder (Women's Lacrosse) - Health Science
Jenna Spenard (Women's Lacrosse) - Health Science
Frank Stagnitta (Men's Soccer) - Business Management
Morgan Sweany (Volleyball) - Psychology
Aria Tanzi (Women's Soccer) - Biology
Courtney Teague (Women's Swimming & Diving) - Health Science
Michal Trojanowski (Men's Lacrosse) - Health Science
Zach Tyerman (Men's Track & Field) - Biochemistry
Victoria Vovsha (Women's Tennis) - Biology
Andrew Werney (Men's Lacrosse) - History
Ashley Westphal (Softball) - Art History & Criticism
Sanduni Wijeratne (Women's Tennis) - Political Science
Taylor Zaneri (Women's Track & Field) - Anthropology
Michal Zylinski (Men's Basketball) - Psychology
Thursday, July 10, 2008
"We are extremely happy to announce the addition of Lamar Chapman to our coaching staff," Pikiell said. "Lamar is an outstanding coach who has previous head coaching experience and is a proven recruiter. He is going to be a tremendous asset to our program."
Chapman comes to Stony Brook after two years on the University of Toledo men's basketball coaching staff where he was involved in all facets of the program, including on-floor coaching, recruiting, scheduling, academic support, individual conditioning workouts and scouting.
In his first season at UT, Chapman helped the program capture its first MAC regular-season title in 27 years as well as make its fourth appearance in the last nine years in the National Invitation Tournament. He also has coached All-MAC honorees Keonta Howell, Justin Ingram and Florentino Valencia, as well as 2006-07 MAC Defensive Player of the Year Kashif Payne.
Chapman, 37, came to Toledo following a three-year stint as an assistant coach at Central Michigan University. Prior to his stay in Mt. Pleasant, Chapman served as head coach at his alma mater, Muskegon Heights High School, where he posted a 42-9 ledger and reached the state semifinals each year. The Tigers posted a 21-5 win-loss mark in 2002 and won the district and regional titles before falling to the eventual state champion. For his efforts, Chapman was named the Muskegon Chronicle Area "Coach of the Year."
In 2003, MHHS was 21-4 and repeated as district and regional champion before advancing to the state finals where it lost to Grand Rapids South Christian. During his tenure at Muskegon Heights, Chapman coached five student-athletes who received college scholarships.
A native of Muskegon Heights, Mich., Chapman was a four-year starting guard at Lane College in Jackson, Tenn. He received his Bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education from Lane in 1993. He was the school's Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and was inducted into the Jackson-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Jacobs, who pitched and played the field for Stony Brook in 2008, finished the year with a 7-4 record and a 1.94 ERA. She also recorded four saves, which was tops in the America East Conference.
Kavitsky, the Seawolves' everyday shortstop, hit .301 on the season with 28 RBI and 17 steals. She was also an America East All-Conference second team selection.
Sunday, July 6, 2008
He has a career record of 43-18 with a 2.89 ERA, striking out 595 batters in 585.1 innings of work. Nathan was a two-time Academic All-American in his time with the Seawolves and was also inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2006 when he became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his number retired.
“We’re proud of what these players have been able to accomplish in the first half of the year,” says Ducks general manager Michael Pfaff. “Each has been a key contributor to our club and is deserving of this honor.”
Navarrete has followed a career season with even higher offensive numbers this year, batting .326 in 58 games. He is tied for the league lead with 15 home runs and 19 doubles, which, along with one triple, put him atop the league in extra-base hits with 35. The New Jersey native owns a .609 slugging percentage and has driven in 51 runs. He is second in the league with 53 runs scored. Pogue is hitting a career-best .288 with five homers and 24 RBI. The catcher has committed only three errors in 45 games this year, and is widely regarded as one of the best game-callers in the Atlantic League.
Leek anchors the Ducks starting rotation with a 5-2 record and a 4.18 ERA in 15 starts this season. He has struck out 46 batters while walking just 19, and has pitched a team-high 90.1 innings. Former big leaguer Valentine leads the club with eight saves, and owns a 3-2 record with a 3.13 ERA. The Ducks closer has struck out 20 hitters in 19 appearances, and the league is batting just .202 against him.
Navarrete, Pogue, Leek and Valentine will represent the Ducks on the Liberty Division squad at the 2008 All-Star Game, which takes place July 16 at Commerce Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Ducks manager Dave LaPoint will manage the squad, which takes on the Freedom Division team for league bragging rights. All-Star selections were the results of fan, media and front office polling, which took place throughout the league and individual team Web sites.
The Long Island Ducks play their home games at Citibank Park and are in their ninth season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. For further information, visit http://www.liducks.com/, or call (631) 940-3825.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Hardy comes to Stony Brook after two years at Long Island University
July 1, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook women's basketball head coach Michele Cherry has announced the hiring of Emily Hardy as assistant coach. Hardy replaces Jessie Boylan, who resigned to pursue other career opportunities.
For the past two years, Hardy served as director of basketball operations for Long Island University's women's basketball team. At LIU, she was responsible for tape exchange, community service and the players' academic progress. Hardy also served as an interim assistant coach, the latter half of the 2007-08 season.
"I'm very pleased to welcome Emily Hardy to the Seawolves' family," Cherry said. "Emily's background in the America East conference coupled with the valuable experience she gained at Long Island University working not only in operations, but also as a coach, has fully prepared her to step into the role we need her to fill. Her enthusiasm and work ethic will mesh nicely with our team and our staff."
A 2006 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Hardy was a four-time letterwinner and two-time captain for the Wildcats. Hardy graduated with a degree in international affairs and humanities. She recently earned a master's degree in political science during her time at LIU.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Over the weekend, Duch got his wish.
The Shamrocks traded a first-round pick in next year's draft for the right-handed scorer, and will have Duch at practice tonight.
"It's exciting. It's kind of dream when you're a kid. Now it's a reality," said Duch, who wanted to follow in the green and white footsteps of his dad Mike Duch. "There was never any option for me to go anywhere else but Victoria."
"If I had to play against [the Shamrocks], then I'd be rooting for the team I was playing against."
A recent graduate of Stony Brook University in New York, Duch's college field lacrosse commitments meant he never played a full schedule with the Junior Shamrocks, yet he always managed to wind up among the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League's top scorers, and was the team MVP in 2006. In the 70 appearances of his junior career, he averaged four points a game, including racking up 27 goals and 41 assists in 16 regular season games last season. During eight playoff contests, he had 12 goals and 17 assists.
"He would just rocket to the top of the charts," Victoria GM Chris Welch said. "These are the most impressive numbers we've seen in a long time from a Victoria born-and-bred product."
Due to previous commitments, Duch won't be available for the Shamrocks game in Langley on Wednesday night, but he could be in the lineup for the team's home game on Friday against Maple Ridge.
Welch described Duch as the complete package -- a player who is intelligent, patient, has good hands, and a good shot, as well as being able to move the ball well, see the floor, and make good decisions. One of those decisions was to take a shot that the Shamrocks could work a deal, and he scored on that one, too.
"He's been waiting for this day for awhile, and we've been waiting for it too," Welch said. "He's a building block -- a key piece of our future."