Wednesday, December 5, 2012

SBU's Paul Fenaroli signed to Giants' practice squad

By Tom Rock, Newsday
The Giants have their first ever Seawolf.
Paul Fenaroli, a center at Stony Brook University for four seasons, was signed to the Giants’ practice squad on Wednesday. It’s about 65 miles from Stony Brook University to the Giants’ training facility at the Timex Performance Center, but it’s taken Fenaroli a couple of years to get here.
After finishing his career at Stony Brook he played for the Iowa Barnstormers in the Arena Football League, then spent time during 2011’s preseason with the Falcons and the Packers. He played for the Orlando Predators this past winter in the AFL, was in training camp briefly with the Saints, and last played for the Virginia Destroyers in the UFL.
Six different teams. Three different leagues (one of them now defunct). And now he’s on the Giants’ practice squad in the same market where he played college ball and grew up (he’s from Monroe, Ct.).
“I’ve bounced around a little bit,” he said in the Giants’ locker room on Wednesday, just a few minutes after actually signing his contract.
Fenaroli said he was surprised to get a call from the Giants since he worked out for them two weeks ago during the team’s bye and hadn’t heard back. “A little bit of a shock,” he said. “I’m glad they gave me a call back. You never know what they’re thinking.”
The Giants had an opening for a practice squad offensive lineman because Sean Locklear suffered a knee injury on Monday against the Redskins and on Wednesday was placed on injured reserve. They promoted Selvish Capers from the practice squad to the 53-man roster to take Locklear’s place, and then signed Fenaroli to take Capers’ place. He’s wearing the 62 jersey and was on the field with the team for Wednesday’s practice.
Of course Fenaroli wanted to talk a little Seawolves football. He said he was disappointed that the team lost to Montana State, but he was at the home playoff win against Villanova. “So that’s good,” he said. As for Stony Brook’s star player this year, Miguel Maysonet, Fenaroli said he will “definitely” be able to play in the NFL. “He’s going to win the Walter Payton Award,” Fenaroli boasted.
As for his place on the Giants, Fenaroli said he can play both guard and center. The Giants are a little thin at tackle, though. At 6-3 and 310 pounds, can he possibly find a way to slide outside if needed?
“No,” Fenaroli said. It turns out that he’s unlike his path to the team. “Too short.”

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Goodman's big night propels women's hoops by Sacred Heart

Junior racks up 19 points and 16 rebounds in 51-46 victory
Stony Brook, N.Y. -  Junior Chikilra Goodman (Philadelphia, Pa.) posted a career day with 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Stony Brook women's basketball team to a 51-46 win over Sacred Heart on Tuesday at Pritchard Gym. 

Coach's Reaction

"This was a great program win for us. One of the things we were most excited about was our mental toughness tonight. They are a very good team and they are very well coached, but we bounced back in the second half and did a great job defensively and on the glass."
--Head Coach Beth O'Boyle

Turning Point
  • After Sacred Heart (4-4) took a 26-21 lead into the half, the Seawolves (4-3) opened the second stanza on an 15-0 run to pull ahead 36-26 with 14:30 to play. The Pioneers then responded with a 14-4 run of their own to tie the score at 40-40 with six minutes left.

    The teams promptly traded leads until the 3:00 mark, before a big three-pointer from sophomore Sabre Proctor (Harrisburg, Pa.) put Stony Brook ahead by four at 47-43. The Seawolves never relinquished the advantage and held on for the victory.
The Numbers Game
  • Stony Brook outrebounded the Pioneers by a 50-29 margin, marking the second game this season that the Seawolves have pulled down 50 boards (Morgan St.).
  • Stony Brook shot 37% from the field (17-for-46), led by Goodman's 8-for-10 effort.
  • The Seawolves held SHU to just 29.5% shooting (18-for-61) overall and 23.1% from downtown (6-for-26).
  • Goodman (19 points) and Proctor (15 points) accounted for 67% of the Seawolves' offense (34 of 51 points).
  • Senior Jessica Previlon (Brooklyn, N.Y.) ripped down 13 rebounds to go along with six points and four assists.
  • Stony Brook made 14-of-19 free throws (73.7%), compared to just 4-of-9 for SHU (44.4%).
  • The Seawolves won in spite of 26 turnovers, a new season high.
  • Stony Brook opened the first half on a 6-0 run and the second half on a 15-0 run.
  • Ericka Norman posted an impressive stat line for the visitors with eight points, seven assists and 10 steals.

News & Notes

  • Goodman's 16 rebounds are the most in a single game since Kirsten Jeter's 16 boards against Boston University on Jan. 13, 2010.
  • Previlon's 13 rebounds tied a career high set earlier this season against Morgan State. The senior had 10 boards in the first half, including four on the offensive glass.
  • Stony Brook is now 4-0 this season when allowing fewer than 60 points in a game.
  • The Seawolves won their fourth game of the year on Tuesday, matching last season's win total after just seven games.
  • Sacred Heart entered the game ranked No. 24 in the Women's Mid-Major Top-25 according to Stony Brook has now beaten two teams that are either ranked in the poll or receiving votes (Navy).
Up Next

The Seawolves will head to the Bronx, N.Y. to face Fordham on Saturday at 2 p.m

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stony Brook falls to Montana State, 16-10

By Greg Logan, Newsday
BOZEMAN, Mont. - When Stony Brook's Seawolves look back on their 16-10 loss to Montana State in the second round of the FCS playoss Saturday night at Bobcats Stadium, it will be hard not to think of it as the game they fumbled away. It was a litany of errors that included three fumbles and numerous mental breakdowns.
When MSU placekicker Rory Perez missed a 45-yard field goal attempt with 1:41 left, it gave the Seawolves (10-3) one last gasp to win the game from their 27-yard line with 1:41 remaining. But quarterback Kyle Essington, who played the whole game coming back from a thigh injury, threw an incompletion and was sacked twice. On the last one, his fumble was recovered by defensive end Bill Daly to give third-seeded Montana State (11-1) the win.
The Bobcats did a good job containing running backs Miguel Maysonet (19 carries-83 yards) and Marcus Coker (12-56). Essington completed 10 of 19 passes for 122 yards and two TDs but lost two fumbles. Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries and passed for 208 and one touchdown with one interception.
Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore kept Montana State guessing about his starting quarterback until the first Seawolves possession. That's when Essington trotted onto the field for the first time in three weeks since suffering a deep right thigh bruise in the loss at Libertythat ended the regular season. Once Essington was available, there was no alternating with backup Lyle Negron, who led the first-round win over Villanova.
The Seawolves' first drive was similar to their opening 98-yard, 21-play TD drive against Villanova - minus the touchdown or any points at all. Essington missed his first pass but hit three others as the Seawolves moved 75 yards in 15 plays. The drive ended when Wes Skiffington's 35-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
That was the first of several first-half disappointments for SBU. The next came just 1:35 later when Seawolves safeties Dominick Reyes and Cedrick Moore had a miscommunication on the back end and left Bobcats wide receiver Tanner Bleskin running wide open down the middle of the field to catch a 69-yard touchdown pass from McGhee for a 7-0 lead.
The Seawolves almost got it back on the first play after the kickoff. Wideout Kevin Norrell was wide-open down the middle but had to dive to make a spectacular 46-yard reception on an errant throw by the rusty Essington. A holding penalty on a first-down play at Montana State's 14 effectively stalled the drive, and the Seawolves settled for a 38-yard Skiffington field goal and a 7-3 deficit early in the second quarter.
The litany of errors continued on the next Stony Brook possession. With a first down at the Bobcats' 21, Maysonet had the ball torn from his grip by MSU nose tackle Craig Ashworth, who recovered at the 23. McGhee led the Bobcats 46 yards to score on a 48-yard field goal by Perez for a 10-3 lead at halftime.
Seawolves cornerback Davonte Anderson hauled down Bleskin on a 45-yard pass to the SBU 1. That was good because Stony Brook held and forced a 21-yard Perez field goal for a 13-3 Montana State cushion.
One big play by the Seawolves got them back in the game. Cornerback Davonte Anderson intercepted a McGhee pass at his 12 and returned it 28 yards to the 40. Two straight pass interference penalties moved it to the Montana State 30, and Norrell caught a 14-yard pass to the 10. On third down at the 4-yard line, Essington found Norrell in the back of the end zone for a TD that cut the deficit to 13-10 with 11:53 left to play.
The Bobcats got a 45-yard kickoff return from Shawn Johnson and drove to the SBU 25 before a holding call stalled the drive. Perez kicked a 45-yard field goal for a 16-10 lead with 9:04 to play. It still was anybody's game.

Rouse comes off bench to lead SBU win

By CHRIS MASCARO. Special to Newsday
 Rouse is Stony Brook's version of J.R. Smith.
Just as the Knicks guard comes off the bench to provide an offensive jolt, so does the Seawolves' senior guard.
Rouse matched his season high of 16 points as Stony Brook beat Eastern Illinois, 66-52, yesterday in Pritchard Gymnasium. He shot 5-of-9 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from three-point range, in 24 minutes.
"That's my role," Rouse said. "Coach [Steve Pikiell] wants me to provide instant offense, so that's what I try to do."
Rouse had a personal 8-0 run to give Stony Brook (6-2) a 33-24 lead at halftime. But the Seawolves found themselves clinging to a 50-49 lead with 5:57 to play. An 11-0 run in the next 4:42, including Rouse's three-pointer from the right wing, put the game away.
"That was an old fashioned, grind-it-out win," Pikiell said. "We really did a great job making big plays down the stretch."
Stony Brook also played stifling defense, holding Eastern Illinois (3-6) to 34 percent shooting, while making seven steals and blocking seven shots. The Seawolves were also 16-of-17 from the free-throw line.
Anthony Jackson scored 13 points, Dave Coley had nine points and four steals, and Tommy Brenton had seven points, 11 rebounds, four assists and two blocks. Brenton is four rebounds from becoming the school's all-time leader in that category. The senior has 903 career boards.
Stony Brook wrapped up a stretch of four games in eight days in which it went 3-1, with the only loss coming at UConn. The Seawolves, who'll next play at home on Jan. 5, now have a nine-day layoff before kicking off a five-game road trip at St. Francis (N.Y.).
Pikiell called the road trip, which includes games at MarylandSeton Hall and Sacred Heart (which beat Stony Brook on Nov. 18), "the toughest stretch in the history of our program."
"I think this road trip coming up is going to be a good test for us to see how well we really can play," Brenton said. "We have a lot of preparation time, so we'll get a lot of film sessions in on the teams coming up and be able to tell who we really are going into conference play."
Rouse knows exactly who he is -- an offensive catalyst off the bench. And Pikiell seems to be putting more faith in him of late. After playing no more than 14 minutes in any of the first six games, Rouse has played 25 and 24 in the last two. In those two games, he has 23 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
Said Pikiell: "You have a senior in Marcus Rouse who comes off the bench, and last game he was our best defender, and then this game he scored points and was ready to play."
And shoot. A J.R. Smith protege, indeed.