Sunday, November 29, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Nov. 24, 2009
Boston, Mass. - Stony Brook University's Athletics Department's outstanding fall seasons have propelled it into second-place in the 2009-10 Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner's Cup standings after completion of the fall season the America East Conference announced today. Stony Brook won a pair of championships in the fall and totaled 117 points, trailing first-place New Hampshire by just three points. It was the best fall season showing in the Cup standings for Stony Brook since joining the America East.
Stony Brook started off the championship portion of the fall season at the America East Cross Country Championships where the women's team captured its third consecutive conference crown while the men's team finished third. On the soccer pitch the men's and women's teams both put together outstanding conference seasons. The SBU men finished second in the regular season standings and then went on to win the America East Championship with a 2-0 victory over UMBC in the final in LaValle Stadium, the team's second conference championship. On the women's side the Seawolves tied for third in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals of the conference tournament. In volleyball Stony Brook finished tied for second in the regular season.
Stony Brook's 117 points are 25 more than it scored in the fall last year. In the final Commissioner's Cup standings last season the Seawolves finished third overall, a program record, winning one conference championship and a pair of regular season titles.
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After claiming a share of the Big South Championship on Saturday with a victory over Liberty, the Stony Brook University football team picked up a pair of the major Big South awards when the conference announced its 2009 all-conference teams. Senior Tyler Santucci (New Kensington, Pa.) was named the Defensive Player of the Year and Head Coach Chuck Priore was selected as the Coach of the Year. Joining Santucci on the All-Big South first team were senior running back Conte Cuttino (Uniondale, N.Y.), junior center Paul Fenaroli (Monroe, Conn.), junior safety Arin West (Toms River, N.J.) and sophomore running back Edwin Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.). Second team recognition went to senior defensive lineman Christopher Perri (Alameda, Calif.) and senior defensive back Chris Richards (Quartz Hills, Calif.). Senior offensive lineman Jeff Santos (Irvine, Calif.) was also recognized by the conference, getting named to the academic all-conference squad.
Santucci capped off his outstanding career with the Seawolves by leading the team in tackles for a second straight season. A preseason All-Big South selection and a second team all-conference pick in 2008, he tied for second in the Big South in tackles with a career-high 93 and tied for first in tackles for loss as well with 14 for a total of 57 yards in losses. Second among linebackers in the league in tackles, he tied the SBU school record for career solo tackles in the final game against Liberty with 145.
In his fourth season as head coach, Priore guided Stony Brook to a 5-1 Big South record and a share of the 2009 conference championship with Liberty. The Seawolves won four of their last five, including the 36-33 thriller over the 16th ranked Flames that was the first win for Stony Brook over a ranked Division I FCS program.
Like they did in the preseason, Stony Brook's two running backs took both running back positions on the all-conference first team. Cuttino finished as Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher with 3,607 yards, becoming the first SBU back over the 3,000-yard mark. He led SBU in all-purpose yards, finishing third in the Big South in rushing (800 yards) while leading the league in rushing attempts and posting career highs in receptions and receiving yards. Despite being slowed by injury for most of the season, Gowins led Stony Brook in rushing for a second straight year with 890 and led the Big South in yards per game and yards per carry. He went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career this season and is already fourth all-time at Stony Brook with 2,200 yards. Fenaroli was named to the all-conference squad for the first time in his career. He has started 25 consecutive games at center, the second longest starting streak on the team, and anchored a line that allowed just 1.36 sacks per game to rank among the top 24 in the nation.
West set career highs in every category for Stony Brook and was a two-time Big South Defensive Player of the Week selection. He finished second on the team and sixth in the league in tackles (80) and was second among defensive backs in the league in stops. West was tied for second in the league in passes defended with nine and shared the team lead with three interceptions while leading the team and conference with three fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.
A first team selection in 2008, Richards led Stony Brook in passes broken up from his cornerback position. A preseason All-Big South selection, he tied for third in the league with eight passes defended and blocked a kick for a second straight season. Perri started every game along the defensive front for the Seawolves, leading SBU's defensive linemen in tackles for loss and passes broken up. He finished among the top-10 linemen in the Big South in tackles during league contests.
Another key component of the Stony Brook offensive front, Santos played in every game for a second consecutive season at right tackle. A business major, it is the second consecutive year that he has been selected to the all-academic team.
Kingston, R.I. - Freshman Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.) scored a season-high 16 points, including four three-pointers but the Rhode Island Rams shot 48.2 percent on its way to a 75-58 victory over the Stony Brook University men's basketball team on Tuesday night at the Thomas M. Ryan Center. Stony Brook falls to 3-1 with the loss while Rhode Island improves to 3-0.
"We played with a lot of effort tonight we just weren't able to overcome the early hole we dug ourselves," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "But give credit to Rhode Island, they are a terrific basketball team"
Rouse hit his first six shots for the Seawolves, who shot 41.5 percent for the game. Sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) added 10 points and six rebounds for SBU. Lamonte Ulmer led three Rhode Island players in double-figures with 16 points.
URI jumped to a 10-0 lead just over three minutes into the game before senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) rattled home a three from the top of the key to get the Seawolves on the board. Senior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) scored on a put-back hoop to cut the SBU deficit to five but Ulmer then completed a three-point play to push the Rams advantage back to eight.
Rhode Island would extend its lead to 15 on a Marquis Jones three midway through the half but the Seawolves responded with six straight points, four by El-Amin, to slice their deficit to nine with 7:35 remaining in the half. Rhode Island would build its lead back to 15 on a Keith Cothran free throw with 2:59 left before Rouse nailed a three from the corner to draw the Seawolves back within 12.
URI scored the next eight points to take its largest lead of the game, 32-14, but Rouse drilled a three at the buzzer to cut the Rams lead to 32-17 heading into the break. El-Amin scored a team-high seven points in the opening half for the Seawolves, while Ulmer tallied a game-high nine for Rhode Island.
Stony Brook scored six of the first nine points of the second half, drawing within 12 on a hoop from junior Chris Martin (Springfield Gardens, N.Y.). URI would extend its lead back to 16 but the Seawolves would not go away, cutting their deficit to nine on a Rouse three with just under 12 minutes remaining.
The Rams had an answer though, going on a 12-3 run over the next three minutes to take their largest lead of the game to that point at 58-40. Brenton stopped the run with a fast-break dunk but URI then scored nine of the next 14 points to take a 20 point lead at 67-47 with 6:44 left in the game.
The Seawolves would close within 15 on a hoop from senior Eddie Castellanos (Jersey City, N.J.) with just under two minutes remaining but that is as close as they would get as the Rams handed them their first loss of the season.
Stony Brook returns to action on Saturday, hosting NJIT at Pritchard Gymnasium. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's women's basketball team lost to Sacred Heart, 83-70, on Tuesday night in Pritchard Gymnasium. The game, which was played closer than the final score may indicate, featured seven players in double-figures, including three from Stony Brook. Senior Joia Daniels (Silver Spring, Md.) and junior Kirsten Jeter (Elmont, N.Y.) both recorded 18 while sophomore Destiny Jacobs (Glen Burnie, Md.) scored 12. Daniels' 18 points are a new career high. Stony Brook is now 0-4 on the season while Sacred Heart improves to 2-2.
"I am really happy with how we started and ended the game tonight," said head coach Michele Cherry. "The problem was the middle, we came out flat to start the second half and it put us in a hole we couldn't climb out of."
Stony Brook grabbed its first lead of the 2009-10 season at 2-0 when junior Misha Horsey (Wyncote, Pa.) made the first jumper of the game. From there, the Seawolves offense continued to click, as SBU connected on ten of its first 15 field goals. Behind 11 early points from Daniels and a defensive effort that held the Pioneers to just 28% shooting, the Seawolves led by seven with just ten minutes remaining.
Sacred Heart would not stay down for long, however, as they outscored the Seawolves 10-2 to move in front for the first time all night at 26-25 with 6:47 left. Stony Brook would answer right back, though, as four possessions later freshman Dani Klupenger (Aurora, Ore.) connected on a three-pointer to put the Seawolves back on top, 30-28. The Seawolves would maintain their lead, holding a one point advantage at intermission. Stony Brook finished the half shooting 50% from the field with Daniels and Jeter both reaching double-digits in points.
Stony Brook's lead quickly faded in the second half as the Pioneers scored ten unanswered points to move in front 45-36. The Seawolves wouldn't find the scoring column until the 16:25 when Jeter connected on a layup after a nice interior pass from Daniels. As a team, SBU recorded a season-high 13 assists.
A three from junior Cassie Klockgether (San Diego, Calif.) would cut the Pioneers lead to four, but Sacred Heart's newly found shooting touch continued throughout most of the second half as it slowly stretched its lead up to as many as 14 points. Stony Brook would trim the lead to nine with 55 seconds remaining on another three from Klupenger and a pair of free throws from Jacobs, but the Pioneers would make seven of their eight free throws down the stretch to ice the game.
Jeter, who was named the America East Player of the Game, recorded her first double-double of the season adding ten rebounds to her 18 points. Jacobs also recorded a double-double with 13 boards, seven coming on the offensive end.
Stony Brook has two days off before returning to the court on Friday night when it hosts Air Force at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Despite battling Brown for over 103 minutes and giving all it had, the Stony Brook men's soccer team fell to the Bears, 1-0, in the first round of the NCAA College Cup on Thursday evening. Sean Rosa scored three minutes into double overtime for Brown. It was the first goal the Seawolves had given up in over 400 minutes of action. Stony Brook ends its season 6-10-4 while Brown is 11-2-5 and plays North Carolina on Sunday.
"I was proud of the team's effort," head coach Cesar Markovic said. "We gave everything we had but came up a bit short."
In the first minute of action, Brown's Dylan Remick set up a quality shot for Austin Mandel, but his header went two and half feet over the crossbar. The Bears' best opportunity of the first half came when Remick's service found leading scorer Nick Elenz-Martin, but his shot went wide right of the goal. It wasn't until the 25th minute that freshman Raphael Abreu (New York, N.Y.) recorded Stony Brook's first shot on goal.
Freshman Berian Gobeil (Montreal, Quebec) and sophomore Wilber Bonilla (Brentwood, N.Y.) each recorded shots for Stony Brook, but senior Collin Geoghegan (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) produced the best chance in the first half for the Seawolves, stealing a pass 10 yards from the midfield line then dribbling in, but his shot was saved by Brown keeper Paul Grandstrand.
Brown out shot Stony Brook, 14-4, in the first 45, and redshirt freshman Anthony Rogic (Boonton, N.J.) made four saves to Grandstrand's two.
A hand ball seven yards outside the 18-yard box allowed Stony Brook its best opportunity of the game. In the 53rd minute, freshman Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.), who scored off a free kick in the America East Championship against UMBC, nearly scored but his attempt off the free kick went over the crossbar. The Seawolves continued their offensive momentum, producing quality shots on their next possession. Bonilla had the angle on his attempt, but it was blocked over the goal line setting up a corner kick. Following the corner kick, Gobeil's shot was blocked and Fernandes' attempt was saved by Grandstrand.
Brown's best chance to that point came late in the second half when TJ Thompson's shot hit the left post.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Stony Brook - Liberty game notes
Stony Brook's football team will have a chance to play for a share of the Big South championship on Saturday when the Seawolves will host Liberty at 1:00 p.m. in LaValle Stadium in the final regular season game for both teams. It will be a battle between the first-place Flames and the second-place Seawolves, with a victory by Stony Brook over the 16th ranked Flames giving SBU a share of the 2009 Big South title with Liberty. It will also be Senior Day, with the 2009 senior class honored in a pregame ceremony. All of the action can be heard over the airwaves on WUSB, 90.1 FM, starting at 12:45 p.m. In conjunction with the game, Stony Brook Athletics will be hosting a food drive in concert with Island Harvest. For every fan who donates a non-perishable food item, they will receive a discounted price for an admission ticket.
Kickoff It all comes down to the last game of the season for the 2009 Big South championship as second-place Stony Brook hosts first-place Liberty at LaValle Stadium with conference bragging rights on the line. The Sea¬wolves, who trail the Flames by one game in the standings, can claim a share of the Big South title with a victory on Saturday. A win would also give the Seawolves at least one victory against every team in the Big South in its two-year history in the league. Stony Brook, which can finish no worse than a tie for second in the final standings, has already won a school record four Big South games and will finish the season with a winning conference record for a second season in a row. Last week at Charleston Southern, Stony Brook's hopes of an outright Big South title came to an end in a tough, 30-27, overtime loss to the Buccaneers. The Seawolves came back from a 10-point third quarter deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter only to see Charleston Southern kick a field goal on its first possession in the overtime to win it. The Seawolves' ground game shifted into high gear against the Buccaneers, shredding their defense for a season-high 340 yards. For the first time this season the duo of Ed Gowins and Conte Cuttino went over the 100-yard mark, with Gowins rumbling for 177 and two TDs and Cuttino going for 163 yards and a score, moving the duo into second and third in the Big South in rushing. Gowins went over the 2,000-yard mark for his career while Cuttino, SBU's all-time rushing leader, eclipsed 3,500 yards.
The Opponent Liberty comes into the game at Stony Brook riding a six-game winning streak and sits in first place with a 5-0 conference mark after last week's 51-28 win at Gardner-Webb. The Flames have been putting up some big numbers lately, scoring over 50 points in four of their last five games, averaging 47.6 points in that stretch. Quarterback Tommy Beecher leads the conference in passing efficiency and averages 164 yards per game and has thrown just four interceptions. Mike Brown and Chris Summers are the top receiving targets and have over 1,100 receiving yards be¬tween them. Brown also has 343 yards rushing and has scored 10 TDs. On defense Liberty is tops in the Big South, allowing an average of 315 yards of total offense a game. The "D" has been stellar in the area of turnovers, picking up 29 for the season while the offense has surren¬dered just seven miscues, placing LU No. 1 in the nation with a turnover ratio of +2.2. Wes Cheek leads the team with 66 tackles, while Kajuan Lee has five interceptions to lead the Big South.
The SeriesThis will be the second meeting between Stony Brook and Liberty. In the first meeting last season in Virginia, the Flames held the Seawolves to 91 yards rushing and zero points in a 33-0 win in a contest that was SBU's debut in the Big South conference. Dayne Hoffman threw for 142 yards and Ed Gowins rushed for 55 to lead the Seawolves. The Flames, led by Rashad Jennings' 101 yards, rushed for 299 yards and held the ball for over 37 minutes in the win.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Desmond Adedeji (Landover Hills, Md.) scored a career-high 16 points and sophomore Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) came two assists shy of a triple-double as the Stony Brook University men's basketball team defeated the Mount Saint Mary College Blue Knights, 87-53, on Monday night at Pritchard Gymnasium in the Seawolves home opener. Stony Brook improves to 2-0 with the victory while the Blue Knights fall to 0-1.
"We didn't play with a lot of energy on the defensive end at the start tonight," Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell said. "But we picked up our energy as the game went on and our defense improved with it. We'll go back to practice and keep working hard and get ready for Wagner on Saturday."
Adedeji scored his 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting while Brenton added 11 to go along with 15 rebounds, a career-best eight assists and four steals. Senior Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.) chipped in with 15 points for the Seawolves, who shot 46.8 percent (37-79) from the field. Brenton was named the Seawolves America East Player of the Game.
The teams were tied at 10 six minutes into the game but Adedeji scored on an inside hoop and freshman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass) and senior Eddie Castellanos (Jersey City, N.J.) then followed with fast-break baskets to give SBU a 16-10 lead with 13 minutes left in the first half.
Chris Kingly hit one of his three first half three-pointers to cut the lead to 16-13 but El-Amin answered with a fast-break layup to start a 7-0 run that gave the Seawolves a 10-point lead midway through the half. The Blue Knights sliced their deficit to six with eight and half minutes left but Preboye get free for an alley-oop dunk off a an inbounds play to start a 9-0 spurt that put the Seawolves on top 33-18.
The Blue Knights trimmed the Stony Brook lead to 13 with just less than two minutes left after back-to-back threes from Kingly but El-Amin hit a three in the final minute to send SBU into the break with a 43-27 lead. El-Amin scored a game-high 11 points in the first half while Brenton chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.
Stony Brook still led by 16 just over three minutes into the second half but El-Amin then scored on a fast-break to jump start a 14-0 Seawolves run that gave them their largest lead of the game to that point at 61-31. Adedeji had eight points during the run and Brenton capped the spurt with a dunk off a Adedeji miss.
Mount Saint Mary would get no closer than 28 the rest of the way as the Seawolves coasted to their second straight victory to open the season. It is the first time that SBU has started 2-0 since the 1997-98 campaign.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday, traveling to Staten Island to take on Wagner. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
El-Amin Leads Men's Basketball To 75-57 Victory Over Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2009-10 Season Opener
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
After a much deserved week off, Stony Brook will be back in action this week as it begins a key two-game stretch to end the season with a Big South championship at stake. The Seawolves come into their game at Charleston Southern (the team it tied for second in the Big South last year) with a perfect 4-0 mark in Big South play. Tied with Liberty at 4-0, a victory be each this weekend would mean that next week's game on Long Island between the Seawolves and Flames would determine the 2009 Big South champion. An SBU win would also extend its current win streak to four games, the longest since the 2006 season, as well as give SBU wins in its last five Big South games dating back to last season. Two weeks ago the Seawolves knocked Gardner-Webb from the ranks of the Big South undefeated with a 24-14 win in Boiling Springs. Stony Brook scored 17 unanswered second half points to secure the victory, getting a game-clinching 21-yard pass from Michael Coulter to Jordan Gush with 2:29 remaining. Senior Conte Cuttino accounted for 113 yards of all-purpose yards to pace the offense while the SBU defense came up with four fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a score by safety Arin West. This will be the second straight game for Stony Brook against a top passing team as CSU has risen to the top of the conference rankings in passing offense. The
Winners of two straight and four of their last six, Charleston Southern will be playing just its fourth home game of the season, with the Buccaneers sporting a 2-1 record at CSU Stadium this season. Charleston Southern has seen its offense click recently, totaling 77 points over the last two games, including a 46-32 win last week at Presbyterian in which CSU interceped four passes. The Buccaneers have been doing it with an offense (currently No. 1 in the Big South) that averages 206 yards in the passing game and 164 on the ground. Through the air quarterback A.J. Toscano has thrown for 1,680 yards and 10 scores and is third in the league with his nearly 200 yards per game average. His favorite target is wideout Gerald Stevenson who leads the Big South with his 63.6 receiving yards per game. Stevenson is one of those do it all players for CSU, as he also leads the team in rushing (38.3 yards per game) and is second in the Big South with his 142.3 all-purpose yards. On defense CSU is one of the stingier teams in the league giving up yards via the pass, surrendering 160.7 yards to rank second. The Buccaneers have been hard hit on the ground, however, giving up 225.9 an outing.
This will be the second meeting between Stony Brook and Charleston Southern. In the first meeting last season on Long Island, the Seawolves got a TD pass from Dayne Hoffman to Adrian Sawyer with 1:06 to go to pull out a 20-19 victory. Conte Cuttino ran for 107 yards (going over the 2,000-yard career mark in the process) and caught a pair of passes for Stony Brook. Gerald Stevenson scored twice on 30+ yard passes and finished with 143 yards on seven catches.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Men's Soccer Defeats Hartford, 3-2, In Shootout; Will Play UMBC For America East Championship on Sunday
Seawolves advance to America East title game for first time since 2005
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook's men's soccer team will be playing for an America East title after defeating Hartford, 3-2, in penalty kicks on Wednesday evening at LaValle Stadium. Senior Oscar Leis (Ozone Park, N.Y.) scored the Seawolves' third goal of the shootout and redshirt freshman Anthony Rogic (Boonton, N.J.) made two saves including Vernon Perinchief's final attempt for Hartford. Stretching its unbeaten streak to six games, #2 Stony Brook is 5-9-4 and will play #5 UMBC for the Championship at 5 pm on Sunday. Hartford is 8-8-2.
After 110 minutes of scoreless play, senior Collin Geoghegan (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) and Hartford's Carlos Villa connected on their attempts, as did freshman Berian Gobeil (Montreal, Quebec) and Bojan Delibasic. Hawks keeper Nenad Cudic saved sophomore Serigne Sylla's (New York, N.Y.) attempt, setting up a must-save from Rogic, and he was up to the task, matching Cudic's save to keep the shootout at 2-2.
Leis, who did not play in regulation or overtime, scored to give the Seawolves the edge. Sam Groves came on to take Hartford's attempt, but his shot hit the left post and bounded away. Freshman Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.) took Stony Brook's fifth and final attempt, but his shot was saved, giving Hartford one last chance. But Rogic, who posted a 0.60 during conference play, stoned Perinchief to give the Seawolves their first appearance in the finals since winning it in 2005.
Rogic made six saves in the game, including a point-blank stop on Hartford's Cedomir Tomcic in double overtime. Cudic finished with seven saves.
In the regular season meeting against the Retrievers, they topped the Seawolves, 2-0. Stony Brook is 4-2 against UMBC under head coach Cesar Markovic and has never lost to the Retrievers in three previous matches at home.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Coming off its best season in its ten year Division I history, the Stony Brook University men's basketball team kicks off the 2009-10 season on Friday night, traveling to take on the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Friday's contest will air locally on WUSB 90.1 FM and goseawolves.org with Curt Hylton announcing. The game can also be followed via gametracker at goseawolves.org.
The 2008-09 season saw Stony Brook finish 16-14 overall and 8-8 in the America East Conference, tying for fourth-place in the final regular season conference standings, the Seawolves best-ever America East Conference finish. The 16 overall wins and eight conference victories were the most for Stony Brook in its eight years as a member of the America East Conference.
Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell brings back a wealth of experience from that squad as he returns nine letterwinners including four starters. The group of returning starters is led by 2009 America East all conference second team selection Muhammad El-Amin (Lansing, Mich.). The 6-5 senior guard ranked seventh in the America East in scoring last season (15.7 points per game).
El-Amin was selected to the preseason all-conference team for the Seawolves, who were picked fourth in America East preseason coaches poll. It was the highest ever preseason ranking for Stony Brook.
Stony Brook also brings back a talented quartet of sophomores that set numerous program records last season. Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) and Bryan Dougher (Scotch Plains, N.J.) were both named to the America East All-Rookie team, the first time in program history that two players have been named All-Rookie.
Brenton, Dougher and Danny Carter (London England) also combined to win the America East Rookie of the Week award seven times, the first time in program history that three different players have won the honor in the same season. Dougher and freshman Dallis Joyner (Norfolk, Va.) were two of just 20 freshmen in the country to start every game.
Joining the returners is perhaps the best recruiting class in the program's history as Pikiell welcomes four freshmen - swingman Preye Preboye (Springfield, Mass), shooting guard Lenny Hayes (Voorhees, N.J.), forward Eric McAlister (Hightstown, N.J.) and guard Marcus Rouse (Upper Marlboro, Md.)- as well as a transfer Patrick Dame (West Greenwich, R.I.) to his squad. The size, athleticism and versatility of the newcomers will give them a chance to contribute right away.
SBU will begin its season by playing eight of its first 11 games on the road. Pikiell's squad proved to be a formidable opponent on the road last season, winning a program record nine games away from home, including victories over Air Force and defending conference champion UMBC.
The Seawolves will once again count on a defense that was a major reason for their success last season. In 2008-09, SBU led the America East in scoring defense (60.4 ppg), three-point field goal defense (.309), steals per game (8.8) and turnover margin (+2.8). The scoring defense and three-point field goal defense mark ranked 31st and 30th in the country, respectively, with the steals per game ranking 25th.
Friday's game will mark the fourth season in a row that SBU has taken on Maryland-Eastern Shore. Stony Brook defeated the Hawks 60-44 last year at Pritchard Gymnasium after falling to the host Hawks 53-52 the previous season. Maryland-Eastern Shore is led by senior Neil Pitt, who was named to the All-MEAC preseason first team. Pitt averaged 16.0 points and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Hawks last season on his way to earning a spot on the All-MEAC second team.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
Six seniors were recognized prior to the match
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Playing in its last home match of the 2009 season, Stony Brook University's volleyball team fell to Albany, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-20), on Sunday afternoon in Pritchard Gymnasium. Senior Harmonie Calinda (Huntington, N.Y.) paced the offense with 14 kills while junior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) recorded 20 digs. With the loss, Stony Brook moves to 13-12 (5-4) on the season while Albany improves to 19-6 (9-0).
Following the senior day ceremony, the Seawolves came out flat, falling behind 6-1 behind three kills from Albany's Kalyn Mostert. SBU struggled to get things going offensively, as it recorded just six kills in the set. A pair of aces from Calinda and five service errors by the Great Danes kept the Seawolves within striking distance, but Albany's offense, which hit .410 in the set, was too much as they pulled out the 25-18 win.
Stony Brook was slow out of the gate again in the second set. Albany rattled off five points before the Seawolves were on the board. SBU would battle back, however, going on a 7-1 run to take its first lead of the match at 8-7. Senior Lisa Doremus (Glendale, Ariz.) and junior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) both recorded a pair of kills during the comeback. From there the two teams traded points before the Seawolves used a 5-0 run to extend their lead to three at 15-12. Behind the offense of Valerie Sourbeer, who recorded a set-high eight kills, the Great Danes slowly inched their way back into the set, eventually tying the score at 19-19. With the score knotted at 21-21, back-to-back kills by Sourbeer gave Albany a lead it would not relinquish as the Great Danes took a two set advantage.
For the third-straight set Stony Brook dug itself an early hole as Albany jumped out to a 5-0 lead. A kill from freshman Corinne Perry (Northport, N.Y.) and back-to-back aces by senior Lindsey Gordon (N. Patchogue, N.Y.) helped put the Seawolves back in the game, closing the gap to one at 6-5. Albany would score four of the next five points, however, to extend the advantage to four. SBU pulled within two at 10-8 on kill from Calinda, but would never get any closer as Albany finished the match with a 25-20 victory.
Stony Brook's senior class combined for 26 kills, 19 digs and four aces in its final home match. The Seawolves now travel to New Hampshire for a crucial match on Saturday. With a victory, Stony Brook will secure itself a place in the four-team America East Championship which will be held on the weekend of November 20th.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
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.).
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 www.goseawolves.org.
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 SeawolvesTickets@StonyBrook.edu.