Sunday, September 7, 2008


Seawolves Out Gain Phoenix 354-259 But Can't Overcome Early Defecit

Stony Brook, N.Y. - No. 17 Elon used some early field position advantage to take a 16-0 lead and then held off Stony Brook to take a 30-20 victory in non-conference football action. In a game that was played in some rainy conditions due to the remnants of tropical storm Hanna, the Seawolves held Elon to just 18 yards rushing and 259 overall, but could not overcome the early Phoenix lead. Freshman Edwin Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.) had another strong game at running back for SBU, passing the 100-yard mark again with 122 yards.
"Games are won and lost on fundamental things," said Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore. "We did not execute on the offensive side of the ball in the first half. We had some blown assignments, some miscues and a couple of penalties that led to our defense playing a little bit too long. I am proud of the way we played in the second half. We have to learn how to be better against these types of teams. We will move forward and I am sure that we will be successful."
Elon (1-1) was able to pin Stony Brook (1-1) inside its own five-yard line early in the first quarter. The Seawolves went three and out and the Phoenix got the ball back on the SBU 30 to start its drive. Scott Riddle hit a pair of passes that gave Elon a first and goal at the SBU seven and on second down threw a little shovel pass to Bo Williamson for the four-yard score.
Elon held Stony Brook to another three and out and the Phoenix again got the ball in Stony Brook territory, this time on the 45. After missing on his first attempt, Riddle hit on his next five passes with the last a nine-yard scoring strike to Tim Applegate that put Elon on top 13-0 with 2:42 left in the first.
After seeing Elon stretch its lead to 16-0 on a field goal, Stony Brook finally got a needed break when junior Tyler Santucci (New Kensington, Pa.) intercepted a Riddle pass and returned it nine yards to the Elon 24. Two plays later freshman Dayne Hoffman (Ada, Mich.) turned the Phoenix miscue into points when he found senior Lynell Suggs (Bronx, N.Y.), who made a one-handed grab, for a 19-yard scoring play that cut the Elon lead to 16-7 at 5:08 in the second.

Both teams were forced to punt on their next possessions. With less than two minutes to play Elon's Karlos Sullivan took a punt at the Elon 19, shook off the first hit by a Stony Brook player, and then evaded the rest of the Seawolves for an 81-yard return for a score. Getting the ball back with just 1:25 left in the half, Hoffman again came through with another scoring pass, this time finding junior Donald Lee (Clifton, N.J.) on a 49-yard play that made it 23-13.
With the rain coming down hard, neither team could do much over the first 10 minutes of the third quarter. It was Elon that put the first points of the second half on the board when Riddle found junior Terrell Hudgins open over the middle for a 57-yard play that put the Phoenix back on top by 17 points.
Early in the fourth quarter Stony Brook found itself pinned back on its own eight-yard line after an Elon punt and a Seawolf holding penalty. The rushing of Gowins and junior Conte Cuttino (Uniondale, N.Y.) got SBU out of the hole and out to the 28-yard line. On third and one Gowins took the handoff, sprinted around the left side and then out-raced the Elon defense to the end-zone for a 72-yard score. The run broke the LaValle Stadium record for the longest run from scrimmage, with the previous mark a 64-yard run by Clinton Graham against St. Francis (Pa.) in 2003.
Stony Brook got another drive going later in the fourth, going 59 yards all the way down to the Elon 33 where the drive came to a half after three straight incomplete passes. Elon got the ball back with 2:46 left and ran out the clock to preserve its win.
Stony Brook out gained Elon 354 to 259 yards, holding the Phoenix to just 18 yards rushing and coming up with four sacks of Riddle; two of which came from senior James Harris (Piscataway, N.J.). Thanks to his 72-yard run, Gowins averaged over 10 yards a carry for a second game and led all rushers with his 122 yards. Hoffman threw for 157 yards and two scores and was intercepted once. Senior Dwayne Eley (Bowie, Md.) led the SBU receivers with five catches for 62 yards. Riddle finished with 241 yards thru the air for Elon, with Hudgins grabbing 10 balls for 138 yards.

Friday, September 5, 2008


Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Dick Vitale, Cathy Rush, Pat Riley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing and Adrian Dantley are seen at a news conference in San Antonio.


Big 10 Opponents, Trip To Los Angeles Highlight Women's Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Seawolves open 2008 season at home vs. Quinnipiac on November 14

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Games against the Big 10's Michigan State University and Penn State University and a tournament in Los Angeles highlight the Stony Brook women's basketball's non-conference schedule, head coach Michele Cherry announced on Thursday.
The 2008-09 season starts at home against Quinnipiac University on November 14 at 5 pm followed by the men's team taking on Maryland-Eastern Shore. The doubleheader also marks the return of Stony Brook basketball to its former home, Pritchard Gymnasium, which underwent a million dollar renovation over the summer.
Stony Brook takes to the road for the next five games, its longest in the Seawolves 10-year Division I history. The Seawolves face back-to-back Big 10 opponents, Michigan State and Penn State on November 16 and 19, respectively. The Seawolves face Princeton University on November 22 for the first time since 2002 when they defeated the Tigers, 75-63. A day after Thanksgiving on November 28, Stony Brook travels to St. John's University to face the Red Storm in a refurbished Carnesecca Arena, a series that dates back to 1974. The five-game road trip concludes at Sacred Heart University on December 3.
The Seawolves return to Long Island for two home games against Northeastern University on December 6 and Yale University on December 8. Stony Brook takes on its third opponent from the Ivy League, Dartmouth College on December 13 and Manhattan College on December 15.
The non-conference part of the schedule concludes with a trip to Los Angeles and the Loyola Marymount University Tournament. It will be Stony Brook's fourth trip to California and second to Loyola Marymount. The Seawolves faced Loyola Marymount in the LMU Thanksgiving Tournament in 2000, their second season in Division I.
The America East portion of the schedule will be released at a later date.


Senior Trine Allenberg scores the game-winner in the 20th minute.

Riverdale, N.Y. - Senior Trine Allenberg (Roberts, Wisc.) scored in the 20th minute and junior Marisa Viola (Cutchogue, N.Y.) made seven saves to lead the Stony Brook women's soccer team to a 1-0 victory over the Manhattan Jaspers on Thursday night at Gaelic Park. The Seawolves improve to 2-2-0 while the Jaspers fall to 1-1-0.
Allenberg scored the only goal of the game just 19:40 into the game, taking a pass from freshman Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.) on the right side of the 18-yard box and putting into the lower left corner of the net to give the Seawolves a 1-0 advantage. The goal was the second of the season for Allenberg who also scored the game-winner last week at Iona.
The Seawolves had several good scoring chances late in the first half but were unable to get another one past Manhattan keeper Caitlin Tripiano who made four stops in the opening period. Manhattan held a 7-6 shot advantage going into the break.
Manhattan pushed for the equalizer early in the second half, forcing Viola to make four saves over the first 10 minutes including a brilliant stop on a Manhattan breakaway. But the Seawolves dominated the ball for the rest of the game as Viola did not have to make a save over the final 35 minutes of the contest. The shutout was the second of the season for the Seawolves and the 18th of Viola's career.
SBU finished the game with a 15-14 advantage in shots and a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks. Tripiano made six saves in net for the Jaspers.
Stony Brook returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 7, hosting Fordham at 1 p.m.

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Due to Tropical Storm Hanna's expected landfall along the South Carolina coast, Big South football members Charleston Southern and Coastal Carolina earlier today announced game changes for this weekend's action. Charleston Southern's 1:30pm home game vs. Wofford on Saturday has now been moved to Spartanburg and will be played at Gibbs Stadium on Saturday. The official game time will be determined this afternoon.

Coastal Carolina's 7:00pm home game Saturday with Colgate has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 7 at 1:00pm at Brooks Stadium. More information on these games, as well as any additional changes to Saturday's Big South football schedule, will be announced once determined.


Seawolves host Long Island in 2008 Home Opener on Sunday afternoon

Storrs, Conn. - A ball off a Seawolves' defender deflected into their own goal in the 75th minute as #3 Connecticut took the lead and eventually held on to defeat the Stony Brook men's soccer team, 1-0, in front of 1,957 fans at Morrone Stadium on Wednesday night. Stony Brook is 0-2-1 with the loss while Connecticut is 2-0-1.
The Seawolves more than held their own in the first half, holding the dynamic Huskies' offense scoreless. Connecticut, which came into the game with five goals after two games to start the season, got five shots on goal but senior Dawid Ditrich (Gdansk, Poland) stopped them all. A header from junior Collin Geoghegan (Lindenhust, N.Y.) and a shot from junior Petar Rakovic (Kragujevac, Serbia) was also Stony Brook could muster in the first half.
The first twenty minutes of the second half remained the same for both teams. Sophomore Greg Tinari (Holbrook, N.Y.) registered the first two shots for the Seawolves in the second half but neither got past Connecticut keeper Josh Ford.
After a corner kick from Connecticut kept the ball in the Huskies' zone, a ball sent into the box deflected off a Stony Brook player and into the goal for a 1-0 Connecticut lead.
A corner kick and a blocked shot was all Stony Brook could do in the final minutes of the game.
Ditrich was solid again for the Seawolves, finishing with nine saves.
The Seawolves open their home schedule of the 2008 season on Sunday afternoon against Long Island University. Kick-off vs. the Blackbirds is slated for 5 pm.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Dikecligil, Sullivan Take Home America East Weekly Honors

Seawolves return to action Thursday against Rhode Island

Boston, Mass. - Senior outside hitter Gulce Nazli Dikecligil (Istanbul, Turkey) and freshman setter Kelsey Sullivan (Hamilton, Va.) were named the America East Volleyball Player of the Week and Setter of the Week respectively, according to a release from the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Dikecligil and Sullivan led the Seawolves to 2-1 record this weekend at the CCSU Blue Devil Invitational in New Britain, Connecticut.
Dikecligil recorded 50 kills over the weekend and was named to the all-tournament team. Her five kills per set average currently ranks first in the America East, while her attack percentage of .378 is good enough for second. Dikecligil added four aces and 22 digs on the way to earning her first Player of the Week award.
Sullivan started all three matches for Stony Brook over the weekend and wasted no time etching her name into the school's record book. Her 65 assists against Central Connecticut State University was a new team-high for a four-set match. In all, she recorded 140 assists, ranking first in the America East in assists per set.
Stony Brook continues play on Thursday with a match in Kingston, R.I. against the University of Rhode Island at 7:00 p.m.


Conte Cuttino, Chris Richards and Edwin Gowins Honored in Week One Awards

Charlotte, N.C. - Just one week into the new season and its new league, Stony Brook football has already made a big splash in the Big South Conference. The league released the 2008 season's first weekly award winners and the Seawolves claimed three of the four awards. Junior running back Conte Cuttino (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Seawolves junior defensive back Chris Richards (Quartz Hills, Calif.) were named the Big South football Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week and New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for their efforts in Stony Brook's 42-26 win over Colgate. In addition, freshman running back Edwin Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.) was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
Cuttino turned in his seventh career 100-yard game with 104 rushing yards and a touchdown in Stony Brook's 42-26 win over Colgate. His score was the Seawolves' first of the night and wiped out an early Colgate field goal to give Stony Brook a lead it would not relinquish. Cuttino also had two key runs of 20+ yards that gave SBU first downs on two other scoring drives. His 104 yards move him into a tie for fifth all-time at Stony Brook with 1,716.
Richards had an impressive Stony Brook debut at cornerback. On the first Colgate pass attempt of the game and with the Raiders inside SBU territory, he intercepted the first ball thrown his way. He then snuffed out Colgate's last drive attempt of the game in the fourth quarter with another interception. Richards' two picks set a LaValle Stadium record, and he finished the night with four tackles, including one for loss.
Gowins rushed for a team-high 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his debut with the Seawolves. On his first collegiate carry, he went the distance for a 22-yard score in the first quarter that put Stony Book ahead, 14-3. He added another 20-yard scoring run that provided SBU's final points of the game. Five of his runs were for 10-or-more yards, including a 57-yard effort. Gowins' average of 12.2 yards per carry is the third-best single-game average at SBU.