Saturday, November 2, 2013

Stony Brook second-half rally falls short

By Greg Logan, Newsday
Six first-half drives that resulted in only 60 yards of total offense and mustered no points sent Stony Brook into the halftime break trailing 13-0.
A second-half resurgence was not enough for the Seawolves as Stony Brook (1-4, 3-5) dropped another tight CAA game, 19-14, on the road against Maine (5-0, 8-1).
"We switched our game plan at halftime and moved the ball well," Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said. "It wasn't a great game offensively by either team, but the better team won."
It was a switch back to the power running offense in the second half that sparked the Seawolves.
The Seawolves opened the second half by going 67 yards -- all on the ground -- in 11 plays, capped by a Lyle Negron 1-yard touchdown run to climb back within one score. James Kenner, who finished with 124 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, carried the ball four times for 24 yards on the drive.
Stony Brook forced Maine into a three-and-out on the ensuing possession but the Seawolves' next drive stalled at the Maine 9-yard line when Negron was intercepted by Troy Eastmon.
The Stony Brook defense followed by stopping Maine in its tracks once again, forcing another three-and-out.
Negron converted two crucial plays to Will Tye, a third-and-3 with a 20-yard completion and a crucial fourth-and-10 with a 22-yard strike that brought the ball down to the 10-yard line.
Kenner took care of it from there and punched in the go-ahead touchdown from 1 yard with 11:02 left in the game.
The Stony Brook defense held Maine for one drive but finally broke with less than five minutes remaining. Marcus Wasilewski hit John Ebeling for a 34-yard gain that converted a third-and-11 and he found Ebeling again on the next play for a 24-yard touchdown.
The Seawolves limited Maine to 117 yards in the second half.
Stony Brook had two more drives but stalled out at the Maine 31-yard line when Negron threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-4. The Seawolves got the ball a final time with 40 seconds remaining but Negron was intercepted to end the threat.
Stony Brook returns to the field Saturday when it hosts Richmond in a CAA game.