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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Congrats to Travis Jankowski '13 and Pat Cantwell '12

Congratulations to Travis Jankowski '13, who was voted MVP of the Cape League and Pat Cantwell '12 who won the leagues sportsmanship award. Stony Brook had six Seawolves baseball student-athletes play in the famed Cape Cod League this summer....arguably the best summer college league in the country. Certainly the league with the most tradition.

New WUSB Women's Basketball Color Analyst Nicole Kaczmarski on MSG Varsity Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

"Running Down a Dream," a film chronicling the recruitment of former Sachem High School basketball star Nicole Kaczmarski, will air at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night on MSG Varsity, iO TV (Channel 14). Kaczmarski will comment on the film, which first aired 10 years ago and takes a behind-the-scenes look at the recruiting strategies of some of the country's top coaches, including Pat Summitt of Tennessee and Geno Auriemma of Connecticut.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Politekhnika-Halychyna add Muhammad El-Amin

Politekhnika-Halychyna agreed on terms of contract with Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87, college: Stony Brook). The 24-year-old guard started his pro career last season. He played for PVSK Pecs in Hungary. Muhammad El-Amin posted 22.0 points, 3.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. He led the Hungarian League in scoring. Eurobasket.com named the guard into All-Hungarian League 2nd Team. Muhammad El-Amin graduated from Stony Brook back in 2010. He averaged 16.7 points, 3.4 boards, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals per appearance in his senior season. The guard earned AP NCAA All-America Honourable Mention. He was also trumped All-AEC Player of the Year.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Cape League Notebook: Stony Brook Standouts Keep Rolling - Baseball America - Aaron Fitt

CHATHAM, Mass.—After taking in the Cape Cod League all-star game at Fenway Park on Friday, I stuck around to catch some more action around the Cape. Here are some observations from the final week of the league's regular season. • Stony Brook dominated the America East Conference this spring, going 22-2 to win the league by four games and finishing the regular season 41-10 overall. The Seawolves were upset in the AEC tournament, ending their season shy of regionals, but a number of Seawolves have made noise in the Cape League. Three Stony Brook players made the league's all-star game, including catcher Patrick Cantwell and center fielder Travis Jankowksi of Bourne, who started for the West team.
Two Seawolves led Orleans to the East Division title on Wednesday, the last day of the regular season. All-star righthander Tyler Johnson allowed just one hit over 6 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win in the first game of a doubleheader against Chatham, clinching the division. Johnson pitches primarily off a mid-80s sinker with serious life, and he effectively mixed in a slider and changeup.
"When I've got all three pitches working, especially with these kind of defensive guys behind me, it makes it real easy to pitch," Johnson said. "I just like to throw that (sinker), let it do its thing and get some ground balls."
Johnson's Stony Brook teammate, second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum, powered the Orleans offense, singling home a run in the fifth and driving a three-run homer to right field on a fastball from Trae Davis (Baylor) in the eighth, breaking the game open. Tissenbaum, who hit .344 as a freshman and .343 as a sophomore for the Seawolves, entered the day hitting just .216 with one homer, but his disciplined approach never wavered, as evidenced by his 14-9 walk-strikeout mark.
"I told him I was really proud of him for maintaining that good attitude and work ethic," Orleans head coach Kelly Nicholson said. "He played a lot for us last summer, and he was really good. He can hit. He's a good baseball player, and I think he's gotten a lot better defensively. He's going to walk more than he strikes out, he puts the ball in play—really a good contact guy."
Ace Nick Tropeano may be gone, but there is a lot of reason for Stony Brook to be excited heading into next season—as this summer illustrated.
"We had a real good year this year at school, and unfortunately we got left out of the regionals, but we've got a lot of good players up here," Johnson said. "Hopefully we're opening the world's eyes to our team and what we can do. It's been real fun, especially seeing my teammates do well up here too."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Stony Brook Globe Trotters Look to Europe for Advantage Next Season (Three-Village Patch)

European exhibition tour gives the men's basketball team more opportunities to prepare for the season and improve chemistry.
When Stony Brook’s men’s basketball team leaves for a three-country, five-game tour of Europe next week, both players and coach hope to come back with an advantage over their competition.

The journey for head coach Steve
Pikiell’s squad begins Aug. 11, with the team leaving the country for the first time in program history. They'll land in Dublin on Aug. 12 and play their first exhibition game on Aug. 13. After two games in Ireland, the team heads over to London for a pair of contests before finishing up in Paris.

Of particular interest for a Seawolves team that spent last season devastated by injury is the ten extra practices they will have before the tour. Once every four years, a standard collegiate career, the NCAA allows programs a globetrotting journey and grants them the additional practice sessions to prepare. Boston University took their trip last season and went on to beat SBU in the title game to win the conference for the first time in nine years.

“I’m looking to gain a lot from it. The ten practices are huge," Pikiell said. "...Especially with the newcomers because you have no idea what they’re all about yet in practice, so it gives you a little snapshot of what maybe they can do for you later on down the road.”

Another key advantage is getting Tommy Brenton, who missed all of last season with an injury, back into game-shape earlier. Brenton last played a game on March 17, 2010 and was the conference’s leading rebounder that season. Pikiell estimates that Brenton is currently at 80-90 percent of where he was and will benefit from the extra work.

This trip also gives the players a glimpse at their potential careers beyond Stony Brook. Pikiell said he believes that some of his roster could find themselves in the various European pro leagues.
Muhammad El-
Amin, the team's leading scorer during the 2009-2010 season, is one example. El-Amin spent last year in Hungary and has signed to play in the Ukraine for the upcoming season. He has been spending some time on campus recently with the Seawolves. Senior Danny Carter, who is from England, can also share some knowledge and has the added opportunity of playing in front of his family and friends for the first time in his college career.
"It gives them opportunity to get them some exposure in countries that I think they can keep playing in after they’re done with the Stony Brook experience," he said. "I truly think that they're good enough to play in some of those countries."

Vote Stony Brook for Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event!

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The athletics department is a nominee for "Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event" in the 2011 SportsTravel Awards.



Stony Brook Athletics has been nominated in the "Best Collegiate Single-Sport Event" category of the 2011 SportsTravel Awards, sponsored by SportsTravel Magazine. The department is nominated for hosting the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship final, which saw Northwestern defeat Maryland for the national championship in front of 8,011 fans.
The SportsTravel Awards are awarded based on criteria such as: 1) organization of and attendance at the event; 2) the event provided a superior experience for the competitors and spectators; 3) the site and/or venue of the event enhanced the event. The deadline for voting is Monday, Aug. 15, and the awards will be presented at the TEAMS '11 Conference & Expo, Oct. 3-6 in Las Vegas.
Stony Brook's fellow nominees in the category are the Big Chill at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich., the Notre Dame vs. Army football game at new Yankee Stadium in New York, the ACHA Div. I national championship game in Newark, Del., the BCS Championship game in Glendale, Ariz., and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.
Stony Brook Athletics successfully hosted both the semifinals and title game of the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, bringing over 20,000 supporters to the Three Village community. The department will now focus its efforts on hosting the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship, which is scheduled for May 25 & 27.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Big South media day dispatch: Stony Brook - Chris Lang, The News and Advance - Lynchburg, Va.

Chris Lang, The News and Advance - Lynynchburg, Virginia
One of the biggest questions for Stony Brook heading into the 2011 season was how Seawolves coach Chuck Priore would utilize the talented running-back trio of Edwin Gowins, Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski.

Make that a tailback duo.

Gowins left school last week and will try to play at a Division III school, Priore said at the Big South media day in Charlotte. The oft-injured Gowins was considered the team’s top backfield option heading into the 2010 season, but he played in only two games and ran for 155 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries before getting injured again.

Gowins was a potential 1,000-yard back, so the loss is significant, but that loss is dampened considerably by the returning production from Maysonet and Jackolski, who each hit the 1,000-yard mark last season. Gowins earned first-team All-Big South honors in each of his first two seasons, and he was named the College Sporting News’ national freshman of the year in 2008.

That made Priore’s decision to take on both Hofstra refugees—Jackolski and Maysonet—a curious one. It certainly paid off.

“I took a little bit of flack for taking two running backs with having that situation,” Priore said. “First of all, I took two great kids who were looking for an opportunity to stay home. And they’re two obviously good football players. In football, you know, things are always changing. You never know what’s going to happen. Stony Brook was fortunate enough to have Brock and Miguel, and Brock and Miguel were fortunate enough to have Stony Brook.”

Maysonet, who ran for 1,128 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, recounted the path he took from Hempstead on the western end of Long Island to Stony Brook on central Long Island after Hofstra disbanded its program following the 2009 season.

“When you first hear about the news, you’re like, nah, it’s not true,” Maysonet said. “Then I walked over to the stadium and I see all of the guys outside crying and I’m like, wow, it really is true. The first thing I did was call my head coach from high school to tell him about the news. Then right after that, I went home that weekend, and I’m driving home and Stony Brook calls and says, ‘You have a home here.’ So that was just a blessing. I didn’t even have to go through the whole recruiting thing. Stony Brook had a good thing going there.”

—Stony Brook was active again in the transfer market, and the Priore landed a few who have potential to be high-impact players right away.

* Masengo Kabongo, DL, Maryland. He was a four-star recruit in 2008 out of Stratford, Conn., who was rated the second-best high-school player in Connecticut. He didn’t play in 2010. He was originally born in the Congo and moved to the U.S. with his parents at age 12.

* Kevin Norrell, WR, Washington State. Norrell spent last season at El Camino Junior College in California after catching 11 passes for 124 yards as a freshman at Washington State.

* Fernando Diaz, OL, Pittsburgh. Diaz grew up in the Bronx and spent two years at Pitt, redshirting in 2009. He originally chose Pitt over UConn and Army. He’s a big body who can run block, a key in Stony Brook’s grinding offense.

* Dan Mulrooney, S, Boston College. He spent three years with the Eagles, redshirting one year. He only played in two games last season, but Priore said he’ll be key in replacing former SBU safety Arin West.

How is Priore consistently drawing such talent out to the middle of Long Island?

“I think they’ve jumped into the vision,” Priore said. “Any time you can sell the statement, ‘Look where we were four years ago, and look where we are today,’ people understand the investment of finances. We’ve got five away trips, and five charters. We’re doing things at the I-A level financially. I think kids are excited about joining that type of progress, because they see constant improvements. We’re building a $38 million rec center. We’ve got a brand new weight room being built for football right now as we speak. Plus, I think New York is exciting. We’ve got a great education opportunity for them, a place to socially have a good time as well as compete at a very high level.”

—With all of the talk of running backs at Stony Brook, quarterback Michael Coulter sometimes gets lost. He doesn’t put up flashy stats, but he was incredibly effective last season. He completed 133 of 210 passes for 1,811 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing 10 interceptions. And with a speed complement to Matt Brevi and Jordan Gush in town in Norrell, he has a solid group of receivers to work with. Opponents should load up on the Seawolves’ running game at their own peril.

“He knows everything,” Maysonet said. “He can line up at receiver and know the routes. He could line up at running back and know everything there too. … He’s the general and he leads the troops.”

Said Priore: “He gets us into every run check and puts us in the right direction. A lot of their yards are a direct result of what Michael does from the shoulders up. He’s a 3.9 medical student, cerebral, and when you tell him once, he gets it. And he’s not a selfish person. And to run our offense, you can’t be a selfish person. There’s opportunities out there, but you can’t be selfish. He went six straight games without a turnover. And our running backs did not have a fumble at the line of scrimmage all year. Not one.”

—Stony Brook is playing two guarantee games this season, heading to UTEP and Buffalo in the season’s first two weeks. Priore said that trend will continue at least through 2014, and some of the FBS teams on the SBU future schedule include Boston College, Marshall, Cincinnati, Army and Buffalo.

—Stony Brook started 1-4 last season before winning five straight to get into position to claim the Big South’s automatic bid. The Seawolves lost at Liberty in the season finale and missed the postseason. Maysonet said there were lessons learned from the ugly start, one that culminated with an embarrassing performance in a loss at Lafayette.

“We woke up,” Maysonet said. “You could tell the games before that, we were there, we just couldn’t take that step. Once that happened, we just took off.”

Lax Duo From Comsewogue Ready to Take Next Step at Stony Brook - Three Village Patch

Connor Duddy and Matt Scalara jump from the undefeated regular season Warriors as seniors to the Stony Brook Seawolves with big plans.

 
 
Once and future teammates Connor Duddy and Matt Scalara still have unfinished business to attend to. Duddy and Scalara both graduated Comsewogue High School last June and both are headed down the road to Stony Brook University, where they are expected to make significant contributions to the Seawolves lacrosse scheme next spring
The one-time Warriors begin their collegiate careers unsatisfied with how their senior high school season ended – an upset loss to Huntington in the Suffolk County Class B semifinals after going undefeated through the regular season. Now to pursue their goal of winning a championship, Duddy and Scalara will have to do it on a national level at the NCAA title game.
Duddy, who scored 31 goals and notched another 40 assists for the Warriors last year as a midfielder, and Scalara, who added five goals and six assists as a long pole midfielder, start with a clean slate at Stony Brook. Both earned All-American status while at Comsewogue and both want to lay claim to a championship.
"It’s unfulfilling to go undefeated and not win," said Scalara. "I think that it makes you want it more."
"There is a sense of unfulfillment at Comsewogue," echoed Duddy. "I think it gives me more drive to move on and to get better at the next level."
Duddy was recruited by NTIT and the University of Jacksonville, while Scalara considered offers from Georgetown, Hofstra and the University of Massachusetts but both accepted offers from nearby Stony Brook.
"They have a good coach there and the whole program is going up," said Scalara. "I just thought it was the right place for me."
"I liked the field and the coaches," said Duddy, who decided to attend Stony Brook last summer. "Besides it’s close to home."
Also new to the Seawolves is former Ward Melville standout, head coach Jim Nagle, who previously coached at Colgate where he amassed an 86-64 record over 10 seasons.
Meanwhile, Duddy and Scalara each have their own high expectations for their collegiate career.
"I’d like to be an All-American at Stony Brook in one of my years there," said Duddy who plans to major in psychology. "I’m very excited to play at a whole new level. I’ve met the coach and he seems like he knows what he’s doing. I’ll just feel my way along into their system and see how it goes."
"I want to get better overall and hopefully get into a starting position," said Scalara. "I’m excited to play here. I used to go to their games when I was younger and I always wanted to do what they did. I’d also like to get better overall and maybe be an All-American."
Those wanting to catch the continuing story of how Matt Scalera and Connor Duddy perform at Stony Brook will have to wait until late next winter when the Seawolves begin their regular season campaign. Last year the Seawolves finished with an overall record of 10-4 and lost in the America East championship game to Hartford 11-10.