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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Stony Brook University Names Beth O’Boyle Head Women’s Basketball Coach

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Stony Brook University has named Beth O’Boyle as head women’s basketball coach, Stony Brook Director of the Athletics Jim Fiore announced on Thursday. O’Boyle has 12 years of collegiate coaching experience and comes to Stony Brook following four years at Canisius College, where she served as the associate head women’s basketball coach for the past two seasons.  

O’Boyle, the eighth women’s basketball head coach in Stony Brook history and the fourth in the Division I era, will be formally introduced at a press conference in the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center  within Stony Brook’s Indoor Sports Complex on Monday, April 11, at 11 a.m.

“Developing a successful women’s basketball program is a high priority at Stony Brook, and I firmly believe that our student-athletes will excel under Beth’s leadership,” Fiore said. “I chose Beth as our next head coach because of her obvious passion and dedication for the game; for her abilities to recruit, teach and mentor winning student-athletes; and for her commitment to student-athlete welfare.

“Coach O’Boyle embodies all the qualities we were looking for in a head women’s basketball coach, and under her leadership, I am certain that she will guide our program to annually compete for America East Conference championships and the opportunity to play in the postseason.”

“I want to thank Jim Fiore and the members of the search committee for this tremendous honor,” O’Boyle said. “I am extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve a university that is so highly respected, is committed to excellence in both academics and athletics, and is dedicated to winning America East Conference championships. I am confident that we will build a winning culture at Stony Brook, develop a program that the community and alumni will be proud to support, and provide our student-athletes the best experience possible both on the court and in the classroom.”

O’Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 as the Golden Griffins won 24 games, advanced to the MAAC Championship game and qualified for the WNIT for the first time in program history. The 24 wins were the most in the program’s Division I history and the most by a Canisius women’s basketball team in 25 years.

Hired as an assistant coach at Canisius in 2007, O’Boyle was elevated to associate head coach in November 2009. Responsible for all recruiting activities, as well the development of the Golden Griffin guards, O’Boyle coached seven All-Conference players at Canisius, including 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year Brittane Russell, 2009 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Ellie Radke and 2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year Jamie Ruttle.


O’Boyle has also shown a commitment to developing the total student-athlete. At Canisius, she monitored the academic progress of a Golden Griffins team that was recognized in the NCAA Top 25 for team grade point average. In total, Canisius has had 18 selections to the MAAC All-Academic team since O’Boyle’s arrival, including Marie Warner, who was also named a ESPN the Magazine third-team Academic All-American in 2009.

O’Boyle came to Canisius after serving as the head coach at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., for three seasons. O’Boyle led the Red Hawks to their first-ever ECAC Division III Metro Women’s Basketball Championship in 2006-07 and was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season. She compiled a 51-33 record in her three seasons there, and the Red Hawks also produced their first All-American in 15 seasons under O’Boyle’s guidance.

Prior to taking over at Montclair State, O’Boyle spent four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Rochester. During her first two seasons, Rochester won back-to-back ECAC Upstate New York championships and in her last two seasons, the team made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 2004, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a three-week period according to the USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division III poll and the D3hoops.com poll.

A 1998 graduate of Gettysburg College, O’Boyle earned four letters with the basketball and soccer programs at Gettysburg and served as a two-time captain in each sport. O’Boyle earned her master’s degree from the University of Rochester’s Warner School of Education in 2001.

O’Boyle is a native of Rockville, Md., and attended the Academy of the Holy Cross High School in Kensington, Md.

Transaction – Stony Brook University names Beth O’Boyle Head Women’s Basketball Coach.

What They are Saying about Beth O’Boyle...

“I was lucky to have played for Coach O’Boyle. She is a very dedicated and passionate coach. She brings a level of intensity and dedication to practice, and her preparation is second to none. She demands the same work ethic she has from her players, and I think that’s what makes her successful. I think she is going to do great things at Stony Brook, and I’m really excited for her.”
        - Amanda Cavo, Canisius ’09 and former professional basketball player in Germany

“I’m very excited for Stony Brook University and Beth O’Boyle. Stony Brook is getting the complete package in Beth as she is a winner in all aspects. Her teams will achieve a high level of success both on the court and in the classroom. The young women who play for Beth will receive a lifelong education and be great representatives of Stony Brook University.”
        - Terry Zeh, Canisius College Head Women’s Basketball Coach

“Coach O’Boyle is a natural leader and gifted teacher. She is dedicated to the development of young women as student-athletes. She motivates her players to achieve beyond their ability. She is a fantastic hire, and I look forward to following the success the Stony Brook women’s basketball program.”
        - Cathy Rush, Founder of Future Stars and 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee

“After getting a chance to meet her during the interview process, I believe Beth O’Boyle will bring energy, passion, discipline and a winning attitude to our women’s basketball program. I think she possesses all the components necessary to win championships in the America East, and I think she will be a great addition to the Stony Brook community.”
        - Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook University Head Men’s Basketball Coach

“I am proud to be a Stony Brook alum and was honored to be part of the committee to hire a new women’s basketball coach. I feel Beth has the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead the team to postseason play. I am excited and look forward to seeing the team achieve great success.”
        - Lisa White, Stony Brook ’87, Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame member and current head athletic trainer/manager of basketball operations for WNBA’s New York Liberty

College lacrosse insider: Compitellos to face off

By STEVEN MARCUS steven.marcus@newsday.com
 Brothers Tom and Ryan Compitello learned lacrosse as youngsters, played together at Hauppauge High School, but went their separate ways in college. Tom, a year ahead, went to Stony Brook University, Ryan decided on Hartford. Both schools compete in the America East Conference.
By upsetting Albany last week, Hartford (7-3) is involved in a two-team race with Stony Brook (5-3) to determine home-field advantage in the conference tournament, where the winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The teams meet Saturday in Hartford.
“Obviously, beating Albany was a huge win for their program,’’ Tom, a 5-10, 190-pound senior attack, said. “We don’t want to go anywhere in the conference tournament, we want everything to stay in Stony Brook.’’
Ryan, a 5-9, 185-pound junior attack, added: “We’re trying to turn the corner and get into the tournament. There’s a lot at stake with Stony Brook. We are up for the challenge and hopefully can make a little noise in the conference.’’
Both are integral members of their team’s offense. Tom has nine goals and 10 assists, Ryan has 13 and 16. No scouting report is needed for either player.
“The coaches know what he’s done,’’ Tom said of his brother. “They'll watch film. They’ll try to dig a little.’’
This could be the last time the brothers face each other. Hartford has lost three straight to Stony Brook, two since Ryan arrived. “It would be nice to have a little notch on the belt,’’ Ryan said.
About 20 family members will be at the game. Thomas, the players’ father, sets the rooting tone. Ryan said, “My dad has a red fleece embroidered with Hartford’s logo on one side of the chest and Stony Brook’s on the other.’’

Monday, April 4, 2011

Wagner gave Nathan advice on rehabbing


April 4, 2011 1:35 AM By JIM BAUMBACH jim.baumbach@newsday.com

Joe Nathan looks down at a fresh baseball
Photo credit: AP | Joe Nathan looks down at a fresh baseball after giving up a three-run home run to Philadelphia PhilliesDelwyn Young in the fifth inning of a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla. (March 13, 2011)
Whenever Twins closer Joe Nathan had a question aboutrehabbing from Tommy John surgery last summer, he had several pitchers in the clubhouse to turn to. Carl Pavano and reliever Pat Neshek had the same procedure in 2008. Francisco Liriano had it done in 2006. Brian Duensing's elbow was operated on in 2004.
Nathan spoke with each of them as he rehabbed after surgery performed 13 months ago, but there still was one more Tommy John veteran in baseball Nathan really wanted to talk to. So when the Braves visited Minnesota for an interleague series, he made sure to request to speak with Billy Wagner, closer to closer.
Nathan, a product of Stony Brook University who returned to action Sunday with a save in Toronto, said he had no previous relationship with Wagner. That didn't stop Nathan from seeking him out, though. Not when Wagner had a perspective he thought could be invaluable to him.
"I thought he'd be a good one for me to talk to in the sense that everything was very similar," Nathan, 36, told Newsday in a telephone interview. "We're both closers. We had the same doctor do it and he did it around the same age as I did it."
There have been few major-leaguers in recent years as engaging and as open as Wagner, who retired last fall, and Nathan said he was very willing to share his experience with him. After they spoke for the first time last June, Wagner offered Nathan his cell phone number and told him to call anytime. Which Nathan has done.
"A lot of the things he's gone through, it was nice for me to hear from him so I could have some expectations on what's to come," Nathan said. "We still keep in contact. I still talk to him to see if he remembers where he was at each stage."
Wagner's success coming back from the surgery late in his career has bolstered Nathan's faith that he's going to regain his old form. After having the surgery at 37 in September 2008, Wagner returned after only 11 months to pitch effectively for the final six weeks of the 2009 season with the Mets and Red Sox.
Last year, Wagner looked better than he had in the years before the surgery, striking out 104 in 691/3 innings while posting a 1.43 ERA and .865 WHIP for the Braves. According to the website fangraphs.com, his fastball averaged 95.7 mph, his best velocity since 2006. "That's all real encouraging to me," Nathan said.
There is, however, one significant difference for Nathan as this season gets under way. Wagner was 18 months removed from surgery at the start of last season; Nathan is only 12 months removed. So he's not expecting to do what Wagner did last summer. At least not right away.
That's why, as the Twins visit the Yankees for a four-game series starting Monday, Nathan said hitters should expect a different look from him.
Nathan was primarily a fastball-slider pitcher before surgery, with his fastball topping out at 94. Now he plans to mix in different pitches, as he did Sunday against the Jays. He allowed two hits, two walks and a run in the ninth inning of the Twins' 4-3 win.
"My arm strength, it's going to get there," he said. "Right now I'd say 95 percent is probably about right, if we're going to put a number on it. I'm just concentrating on whatever else I can do to get guys off balance. I've definitely mixed in some new pitches I've gotten comfortable with, so I'm just trying to do whatever I can to make adjustments and get guys out until my arm strength gets to where it needs to be."

Friday, April 1, 2011

McBride leads #15 Men's Lacrosse to 16-5 win over UMBC

Final Stats


Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Jordan McBride (New Westminster, British Columbia) scored a season-high seven goals to lead the #15 Stony Brook men's lacrosse to a 16-5 win over UMBC in the America East opener for both teams.
"We got off to a fast start and kept it up for three quarters," coach Rick Sowell said. "We got our first America East victory under our belt, and this is great momentum going into next week's game against a tough Hartford squad."
McBride led eight different scorers for the Seawolves (5-3, 1-0), who have won two straight against the Retrievers (2-5, 0-1). Senior Kevin Crowley (New Westminster, British Columbia), Division I's active leader with 213 points, added two goals and four assists. Senior Tom Compitello also netted two goals to go along with two assists.
Senior Adam Rand (Niantic, Conn.) won 15 of 18 draws and had 11 ground balls. He has 725 face-off wins for his career and is third all-time in Division I history, moving ahead of Shane Walterhoefer of North Carolina and Steve Vecchione of Johns Hopkins.
Stony Brook held UMBC scoreless for the first three quarters, the second time this season it's done so (St. John's).
McBride, who scored a season-high four goals at Marist earlier this season, scored five of the Seawolves' first eight goals of the game. "I've been slumping a little bit so I did my best to get involved early," said McBride, who's Division I's active leader in goals with 153. "I think our team is starting to find its groove. Tonight was a total team effort."

 
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Stony Brook dominated the first-half statistics, outshooting UMBC, 32-1. The Seawolves also grabbed 30 ground balls to the Retrievers' six and won all but one face-off.
McBride scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter to give Stony Brook its biggest lead of the game, 14-0.
Ryan Johnston (two goals) put UMBC on the board with a goal 54 seconds into the fourth quarter.
Freshman Kyle Zorn (Millersville, Md.) tallied his first collegiate goal when freshman Cole Millican (Sunrise, Fla.) found him in the slot. Millican also assisted on a goal from junior Adam Dahms (Herndon, Va.).
Stony Brook continues conference play at Hartford next Saturday. Face-off is slated for 7:00 p.m.