Saturday, November 7, 2009

Volleyball Moves Into A Tie For Second With Sweep of Binghamton

Gordon hits .714

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Behind a season-high .371 team hitting percentage, Stony Brook University's volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of Binghamton on Friday night in Pritchard Gymnasium. In the team's lone Friday night home match of the season, seniors Harmonie Calinda (Huntington, N.Y.), Lisa Doremus (Glendale, Ariz.) and Lindsey Gordon (N. Patchogue, N.Y.) all recorded double-digit kills. Gordon was errorless in her 14 attacks for a match-high .714 attack percentage. With the win, Stony Brook moves to 13-11 (5-3 America East) and into a tie for second place with UMBC, while Binghamton drops to 11-14 (3-5).

Stony Brook came out aggressive in the first set, jumping in front 5-1 behind two kills from Calinda and an ace by junior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.). The Bearcats crawled their way back into it, however, eventually using a 4-0 run to move in front by two at 10-8. A kill by Anna Lejina, her fourth of the set, put Binghamton up 13-9 before the Seawolves bounced back, scoring nine of the next 11 points to regain the lead at 18-15. Junior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) notched three kills during SBU's run. A Binghamton timeout could not slow the Seawolves as they went on to take the first set 25-17, allowing the Bearcats to record just one kill the rest of the way.

While Stony Brook's offense did record a .390 hitting percentage in the second set, it was the defense that led the way to its second set win. SBU recorded 19 digs in the frame, including four each from Gibbs and sophomore Bianca Hernandez (East Moriches, N.Y.). Despite not recording a block, Stony Brook's frontline continuously denied Binghamton's attack. Leading 7-4, Headen and freshman Sally Downs (Coppell, Texas) returned three-consecutive attacks by the Bearcats, with Downs eventually recording an unassisted kill. The Seawolves would record six unassisted kills in the set as Binghamton struggled handling serves.

Despite a back-and-forth start to the third set, Stony Brook saved its best for last, committing just one error while racking up five blocks and holding the Bearcats to a .094 attack percentage. Ahead by just two at 10-8, back-to-back aces by Doremus kicked off a 10-4 run by the Seawolves which helped secure the win.
Stony Brook wraps up its 2009 home schedule with a match against Albany on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the start, Stony Brook's Department of Athletics and the Seawolves volleyball team will honor this year's senior class of Michelle Burrola (Glendale, Ariz.) Harmonie Calinda, Lisa Doremus, Lindsey Gordon, Justine Hoffmann (Wading River, N.Y.) and Jamie Watson (New City, N.Y.).

Steve Pikiell Report Returns For Fifth Season On WUSB

Segment will begin on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 10:05 p.m.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The 'Steve Pikiell Report' featuring fifth-year Stony Brook University head men's basketball coach Steve Pikiell will return once again on the longtime radio home for Stony Brook Athletics, WUSB (90.1 FM). The fifth-year segment featured on the "Sports Section" will start on Sunday, November 9 and continue every Sunday until the end of the 2009-10 season.

Veteran Seawolves broadcaster Jeff Bernstein will co-host the segment with various WUSB sports staffers and discuss game recaps/summaries and previews for the upcoming week. The segment will air at 10:05 p.m. each week.

The Seawolves open up the 2009-10 campaign on Friday, Nov. 13, traveling to take on Maryland-Eastern Shore. SBU opens its home schedule on Monday, Nov. 16, hosting Mt. St. Mary College at Pritchard Gymnasium. All 29 Seawolves men's basketball regular season games as well as any additional postseason contests will be aired live on WUSB 90.1 FM.

All Stony Brook men's basketball season ticket packages as well individual game tickets, excluding Albany and Binghamton, are now on sale and can be purchased at the Stony Brook University ticket office, by phone at 631-632-WOLF or online at

The athletic ticket office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and is located in the left corner of the atrium in Stony Brook Arena. Fans can also reach the ticket office by email at

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fernandes, Rogic Lead Men's Soccer Over Hartford, 1-0

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) scored his team-leading sixth goal of the season and redshirt freshmanAnthony Rogic (Boonton, N.J.) made a career-high eight saves as the Stony Brook men's soccer team defeated Hartford, 1-0, on Senior Night at LaValle Stadium on Saturday night. With the win, the Seawolves locked up the #2 seed and earned a bye in next week's America East Tournament. Unbeaten in the last five games, Stony Brook is 5-9-3, 4-2-1. Hartford is 7-7-2, 4-2-1.

Rogic, who has allowed just two goals in the last five games, came up brilliantly on Hartford's first and only legitimate scoring chance. Sam Groves dribbled around a defender and blasted a shot that went through senior Collin Geoghegan's (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) legs. Anticipating a high shot, Rogic dived high to his left to make the save and keep the game scoreless.

On Stony Brook's next possession, a throw-in gave Stony Brook the early lead. In the 21st minute, freshman Antonio Crespi's (North Babylon, N.Y.) throw-in bounced through the box and found the leg of Fernandes, who tucked the shot into the lower right hand corner for the score.

Despite outshooting Stony Brook, 23-10, Hartford never managed any kind of scoring threat the rest of the game.

The 13 points recorded during conference play by Stony Brook is the most since 2005 when it went 6-1-1 on its way to an America East Championship and the NCAA Tournament. 


Stony Brook will await the winner of #3 Hartford and #6 Boston University to be played on November 7 at 7 pm. Prior to the game, seniors Diego Acero (Greenport, N.Y.), Oscar Leis(Ozone Park, N.Y.), Damion Brown (Kingston, Jamaica), James Palumbo (Carmel, N.Y.) and Geoghegan were honored.

Stony Brook Keeps Big South Record Perfect With 24-14 Win At Gardner-Webb

Boiling Springs, N.C. - On a gray, rainy day in North Carolina, Stony Brook's football team overcame an early deficit and spoiled Gardner-Webb's homecoming with a 24-14 victory. Trailing 14-7 at the half, the Seawolves dominated the second half, limiting the Runnin' Bulldogs to just six yards rushing in the final 30 minutes and forcing three turnovers that helped the offense score 17 unanswered points. Senior Conte Cuttino (Uniondale, N.Y.) ran for 73 yards and sophomore Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.) threw for a pair of scores as SBU remained undefeated at 4-0 in the Big South, improving to 5-4 overall.

"We played great defense the entire game," said Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore. "I have to give a lot of credit to our offense as well. They could have been down, but that drive in the fourth quarter was as good a fourth quarter drive that I have seen. I am proud of our team. We are a four-quarter team and we got it done today."

After both teams punted on their first possessions, Gardner-Webb (5-3, 2-1 Big South) struck first in the game. Freshman Drew Evangelista (Cedar Grove, N.J.) pinned the Runnin' Bulldogs back on their own 15 after a 47-yard punt, but GWU was able to put together a nine-play drive that ended up putting points on the board. Aided by a 15-yard face mask penalty that moved the ball into Stony Brook's end of the field, Gardner-Webb quarterback Stan Doolittle scrambled up the middle and broke through to the end zone for a 27-yard score to make it 7-0 with 6:06 left in the first. Stony Brook's offense had trouble moving the ball in the opening quarter, and was held to 13 yards of offense as the score remained at 7-0 entering the second quarter. 


Stony Brook started the offense moving in the second quarter, bumping its output up to 101 yards. The improved play paid off midway through the quarter when the Seawolves put their first points on the board. Starting on its own 21, SBU moved the ball steadily down the field before the drive appeared to stall on the GWU 30-yard line. Facing a fourth and four, Coulter had enough time in the pocket to find junior Donald Porter (Charles Town, W.Va.) who had found his way behind the defense down the left side line. Porter took the pass and dove into the end zone for the score to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:52 showing. Gardner-Webb answered on its next drive, however, when Doolittle found Marquis Sanders open in the left side of the end zone and with less than a minute left in the half the Bulldogs had regained the lead.

Stony Brook drove into Gardner-Webb territory on its first possession of the second half, but the drive stalled and the Seawolves were forced to punt. On the Bulldog's third play the ball popped out of the pile at the 16-yard line where junior Arin West scooped up the ball and took it into the end zone untouched for the game-tying score at the 11:04 mark. It was his first and the team's second defensive score of the year. The Stony Brook defense came up with two more big plays in the quarter, with sophomore Ryan Haber (Lafayette Hill, Pa.) recovering another GWU fumble to stop one drive, and the defensive line coming up with a stop on a fourth and inches that gave Stony Brook the ball at the GWU 45-yard line. The Seawolves took advantage of the play, eventually getting down to the GWU 10 on an over the shoulder catch by freshman Jordan Gush (Richardson, Texas). The drive stalled there, however, but SBU was still able to take its first lead of the afternoon when freshman Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, Fla.) booted a 27-yard field goal with 1:46 left in the third.

Stony Brook never trailed again. In the fourth quarter the Seawolves' defense held Gardner-Webb to 21 yards, including just two on the ground. With 10 minutes left in the game SBU took over on its own 23-yard line and began what proved to be the game-clinching drive. Cuttino ran seven times for 46 yards on the drive, picking up a pair of first downs along with way. Faced with a third and nine with a little more than two minutes to play, Coulter found Gush in the end zone, who dove and scooped the ball up for a 21-yard score.

Gardner-Webb got the ball back out to midfield, but senior Daniel Muy (Tallahassee, Fla.) jumped on another GWU fumble, its fourth of the day, snuffing out any last chance for the Bulldogs.

Cuttino finished with 73 yards on the ground and caught one pass for 40 yards to lead the Stony Brook offense. Coulter completed just nine passes, but they were good for 158 yards and a pair of scores. Gardner-Webb out gained Stony Brook, 315-287, but could not overcome four turnovers. Senior Tyler Santucci (New Kensington, Pa.) led the defense with 12 tackles, with West finishing with 11.

Stony Brook will be off this week, returning to Big South action on November 14 when it again ventures South, this time to take on Charleston Southern. Game time between the Seawolves and Buccaneers is set for 1:30 p.m.