Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stony Brook Athletics Receives Record $4.3 Million Gift For New Strength & Conditioning Facility

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Investor and philanthropist Glenn Dubin '78 is making a $4.3 million donation to the Stony Brook University Department of Athletics for the completion of a new state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility, Director of Athletics Jim Fiore announced today. Dubin's gift is the largest private donation ever to an athletics department within the State University of New York (SUNY) system. Pending formal approval, the new 8,000 square-foot facility will be named the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center.

"We are grateful and humbled by Glenn and Eva's incredible generosity and support of Stony Brook University Athletics," Fiore said. "This transformational gift will have an impact on our student-athletes for generations to come. In addition, it is my hope that Glenn's philanthropy will serve to inspire and lead other Stony Brook alumni and friends to consider supporting Seawolves Athletics."

Currently in the design phase, the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center is expected to be completed in fall 2011. The world-class facility will be located inside the Indoor Sports Complex and will overlook Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Populous (formerly HOK Sport Venue Event), which recently designed the new Yankee Stadium and Citi Field, has been hired as the architectural firm. The new strength and conditioning facility will include weightlifting racks, dumbbell sets, Olympic platforms, a cardio fitness area, space for plyometric exercises and an office for the strength and conditioning staff.

"Glenn Dubin often speaks of the significant role that athletics played in his personal, educational and professional development," Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. said. "With his design input and vision, the Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center will reflect that sentiment and provide a world-class venue to support and train Stony Brook student-athletes for success in both athletic competition and in life. This is a wonderful gift that will benefit all of the Stony Brook University family."

Dubin, who grew up in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1978. While an undergraduate, he was a member of both the football and men's lacrosse programs.

"Athletics have had an important influence on me, teaching me values I've used throughout my life --- discipline and teamwork," Dubin said. "My family and I are delighted to support the student-athletes at Stony Brook and hope that this facility will add to their athletic experience and future success."

Dubin is the co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highbridge Capital Management, a global alternative asset management company headquartered in Manhattan with offices in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Dubin is a founding board member and former Board Chair of the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City by applying investment principles to charitable giving. Dubin is also a Trustee of Mt. Sinai Medical Center, where he and his wife Eva have funded the Dubin Breast Center to provide comprehensive integrated breast care in a patient-centered environment. Dubin previously donated $1 million to Stony Brook in 2005 to create the Glenn Dubin Endowed Scholarship Fund, offering scholarships to students from Washington Heights, particularly to students from P.S. 132, where he attended elementary school.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Women's Cross Country Ranked 12th Nationally

New Orleans, La. - Just days after finishing fifth at the prestigious Notre Dame Invitational, the Stony Brook women's cross country team has entered this week's rankings, sitting at 12th in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national coaches' poll.

"Being ranked #12 is exciting, based on our performance last week at Notre Dame," head coach Andy Ronan said. "I figured we probably would be ranked in the top 20. 12 is a surprise, not sure if we are there yet, but it is great recognition for the girls, the program and University at this stage of the season. But we must not lose focus on our goals for the season. We will enjoy this for a few minutes and then after lunch, get back to getting ready for the conference and regional meets next month, so that we can be at the NCAA championships in November."

Senior Lucy van Dalen (Wanganui, New Zealand) won the event, finishing ahead of runners from the likes of Villanova, UTEP, Washington and Princeton. Van Dalen earned America East Performer of the Week honors on Tuesday.

It is the highest ranking since 2008, when the Seawolves finished fourth at the Notre Dame Invite and moved up 18 spots from 30.

Stony Brook Athletics Participates in Walk for Beauty

Stony Brook Walk for Beauty photo gallery

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook student-athletes and staff, Wolfie and the Stony Brook band and cheer all participated in the 17th annual Walk for Beauty, sponsored by the Stony Brook University Medical Center and the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. The community-wide event is to benefit research for breast and prostate cancer.

Over 125 student-athletes participated across all 20 Stony Brook sports.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Football Hosts VMI On Saturday Afternoon In Homecoming Game

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Kickoff

After a much-needed bye week, Stony Brook hosts VMI in the Big South Conference opener for the Seawolves on Saturday. It also is Wolfstock 2010, Stony Brook's annual Homecoming weekend. SBU has not lost a Homecoming game under head coach Chuck Priore. The Seawolves lost to UMass, 26-21, in their last game. It was the first loss at LaValle Stadium since a 34-33 defeat to Gardner-Webb on November 1, 2008. Junior running back Edwin Gowins rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore running back Miguel Maysonet also ran a touchdown for the third straight game.

Fans can listen to the game live on WUSB 90.1, with Mike Solano (pbp), Curt Hylton (color) and Jeff Bernstein (sidelines) providing all the action. GameTracker, streaming video and live audio are available at

The Opponent

VMI (2-2, 1-0) won its Big South opener, 24-13, over Presbyterian last Saturday. Cameron Jones passed for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Chaz Jones added 25 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Gross led the Keydets' defense with nine tackles. The 24 points scored against the Blue Hose were more than the two previous games combined. VMI has gone to a more traditional offense after being a run-heavy team the past few seasons.

The Series

Stony Brook has won each of the first two meetings, 40-26, and 27-20. The Seawolves have out-gained the Keydets a combined 1,068-684 yards. In last year's meeting, sophomore Jordan Gush and junior Matt Brevi each caught a touchdown pass from junior Michael Coulter. Sophomore Wesley Skiffington kicked two field goals before Conte Cuttino's 13-yard, game-winning touchdown with 52 seconds left. Gowins has run for 305 yards against VMI, including a 250-yard, three-touchdown performance in the 2008 season finale.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Men's Soccer Edged By Boston University

The Stony Brook men's soccer team's six-match unbeaten streak came to an end in a 2-1 loss to Boston University Saturday night at LaValle Stadium. In the America East opener for both teams, the Terriers scored two goals early in the second half and held on despite a furious surge by the Seawolves offense towards the end. Leonardo Fernandes scored the lone SBU goal.
The Seawolves, which hadn't lost since Sept. 10, drop to 6-5-1, 0-1-0 in America East. The Terriers improve to 6-3-1, 1-0-0 in conference play.

Boston University dominated the first half, outshooting Stony Brook 14-5, although only one of the 14 shots was on goal. Nonetheless, the Terriers provided significant pressure on the SBU defense.

In the second half, BU's Aaron O'Neal scored the first goal of the game in the 60th minute when he took a cross from Stephen Knox deep in the penalty box, where he slapped at it past Stefan Manz for the score. Less than 10 minutes later, the Terriers capitalized on a defensive lapse. After SBU had a scoring threat, BU came back on transition and Ben Berube ended up alone one-on-one with Manz. Berube drove up then took a shot 15 yards out that sailed into the goal.

Stony Brook turned up the intensity and had eight shots in the game's final 20 minutes, but none went in. As time was winding down, Fernandes was tripped up in the penalty box, earning a penalty kick. He converted the shot for his fifth goal of the season, but with only 5.5 seconds remaining, the Seawolves were unable to do anymore.

BU ended the match outshooting the Seawolves 18-16. BU keeper Brandon Briggs made five saves, and Manz made two stops for the Seawolves.

Stony Brook is back in action next Saturday morning at Albany at 11 a.m.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Preview of Saturday's Men's Soccer Match vs. BU

Boston University Terriers (5-3-1) at Stony Brook Seawolves (6-4-1)

Saturday, Oct. 2
LaValle Stadium
Stony Brook, N.Y.
7 p.m.

Boston University Terriers (5-3-1, 0-0-0 America East)

Head Coach: Neil Roberts, 26th season

Career Record: 292-143-70

Record at BU: Same

Stony Brook Seawolves (6-4-1, 0-0-0 America East)

Head Coach: Cesar Markovic, seventh season

Career Record: 150-123-32

Record at SBU: 54-56-20

The Matchup

Stony Brook opens conference play with a six-match unbeaten streak on the line as it takes on the Boston University Terriers. This is a battle between the top two teams in America East, according to the preseason coaches poll. Both teams received three first-place votes, but the Terriers had one more overall point than the Seawolves to earn the top spot in the poll. This is the 10th all-time meeting between the two teams, and the Terriers lead the series 6-3-0. Stony Brook is 2-1 against BU at home. The two teams come into today's match tied at No. 10 in this week's NSCAA/ Northeast Region poll.

Scouting the Opponent

Boston University is 5-3-2 on the season with victories over Rhode Island, Hartford (in a non-conference match), nationally ranked Harvard, Columbia and Seton Hall. The Terriers have opposed three nationally ranked teams this season, going 1-2. BU is coming off a disappointing 2009 season that saw it finish sixth in America East, coming off a 2008 regular season and tournament championship. The team returned four All-Conference players from last season's team, prompting high expectations for a squad that has captured seven league championships and has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 14 times. Last year's leading scorer Aaron O'Neal is at it again, tied for the BU lead in points with nine and leading the team in goals with four.

Last Time Out

Down 2-0 in the first half, Stony Brook battled back to score three unanswered goals to knock off Quinnipiac 3-2 Sunday at LaValle Stadium. Raphael Abreu, Berian Gobeil Cruz and Leonardo Fernandes all scored for the Seawolves, with Fernandes putting in the game-winning goal in the 77th minute. Fernandes scored the goal using his heel from behind to put the ball in the net. The victory extended Stony Brook's unbeaten streak to five matches and kept the Bobcats winless (0-5-1) on the season.

Alumni Day

Stony Brook is hosting its annual alumni game at 2:30 p.m. at LaValle Stadium. Afterwards, the group will get together for a social function at The Bench Bar & Grill between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., prior to the 7 p.m. kickoff.

Into the Rankings

Stony Brook has entered the NSCAA/ Northeast Region Top 10 poll at No. 10, tied with fellow America East schools New Hampshire and Boston University.

Gobeil Cruz earns an accolade

Berian Gobeil Cruz was named's Men's College Player of the Week after scoring a pair of goals to lead Stony Brook to a tie against Harvard and a win over Quinnipiac.

Fernandes Earns Multiple Honors

Leonardo Fernandes scored seven points the weekend of Sept. 17-19 and has been recognized for his efforts. He was named the America East Player of the Week and the SimplexGrinnell Stony Brook Athlete of the Week and was selected to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week.

Four Goals A Plenty

Stony Brook had an offensive outburst against Central Connecticut State Sept. 17, beating the Blue Devils 4-2. The four goals were the most by a Stony Brook team since putting five on the board on Sept. 11, 2005.

Beating One of the Best

On Sept. 12, the Seawolves knocked off Dartmouth 1-0 on its home field in the Dartmouth Classic Tournament. Stony Brook got a goal from Berian Gobeil Cruz in the 34th minute and keeper Stefan Manz made four saves to preserve the shutout. The victory was big for SBU considering that Dartmouth was receiving votes in last week's NSCAA/ National Rankings and was fourth in the Northeast Region poll.

Looking For Two Straight

Last season was a magical one for Stony Brook as the Seawolves finished the regular season with a five-match unbeaten streak to get into the America East Tournament, where they dispatched Hartford and UMBC to win the conference title, just the second in program history. This season's squad will look to replicate that success and bring the Seawolves back to the NCAA Tournament.