Thursday, March 7, 2013

Trio of Seawolves nab all-conference awards for women's hoops

Albany, N.Y. - Sophomore forward Sabre Proctor of the Stony Brook women's basketball team was selected to the All-America East third team, while freshman forward Brittany Snow and senior guard Dani Klupengergarnered All-Rookie and All-Academic accolades, respectively, conference officials announced Thursday evening at the league's annual postseason banquet.
In her first season at Stony Brook, Proctor leads the Seawolves and ranks seventh in the league with a scoring average of 10.9 points per game. The North Carolina A&T transfer has tallied double-digits in points a team-high 14 times, including a 25-point outburst against Iona Dec. 30, and has paced SBU in scoring 11 times, also a Seawolf-best. Her 78.3 free throw percentage is the third highest in the America East, while her 44.6 field goal percentage is good for eighth in the conference.
Snow has played in all 29 games, making 25 starts, during her freshman campaign. Snow, a pre-med student, holds a scoring average of 6.5 points per contest while averaging 3.6 rebounds per game. She posted a game-best, career-high 16 points while pulling down seven boards to lead Stony Brook past Vermont, 68-53, Jan. 19 at Pritchard.
A journalism and business major, Klupenger has excelled in the classroom and on the court during her four years in Seawolves Country. She holds a cumulative 3.65 GPA while also serving as co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and hosting, producing and editing Get Your RED on Minute, a weekly show that promotes SBU Athletics. The 2012-13 Stony Brook University Homecoming Queen is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, has made Dean's List six times and has been named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll twice. 
Klupenger, who hails from Aurora, Ore., has etched her name into the Stony Brook record books for her prowess behind the arc. On Feb. 9 against Hartford, she became the fifth Seawolf to nail 100 3-pointers in her career and now sits fourth all-time at SBU in career treys with 111. Her six triples in a come-from-behind win over Maine on Senior Day, Feb. 23, are the fourth-most ever for an SB women's hoopster in a single contest. 
Stony Brook (14-15, 6-10 AE) will open America East Championship play against New Hampshire Saturday at 6 p.m. at SEFCU Arena in Albany, N.Y. The Seawolves, who have orchestrated one of the top-five turnarounds in the country with a 10-win improvement from last season, are the fourth-seed, their highest since playing in the fourth-spot in 2009-10. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Men's lacrosse tops Siena to win third straight

Stony Brook, N.Y. -
Freshman Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) scored a career-high five goals to lead the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to an 11-9 win over Siena at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Tuesday.  The Seawolves (4-2) have won three straight games and will take on No. 1 Maryland Sunday at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
Eastwood, who has three hat tricks this season, tallied three of his five goals in the first half, including two on man-up situations.
Sophomore Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) and senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) each posted two goals and an assist.  Freshman Challen Rogers(Coquitlam, British Columbia) tallied three assists for a second straight game.
Richie Hurley had three goals and Nate Barry added two goals and two assists for Siena (1-4).
Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction
"All in all, I thought this was a well-played March game.  Siena is an offensively-potent squad, so to be able to hold them to nine goals is good to see.  I'm excited to be 4-2, considering the stretch of games we've played, but we still need to improve a number of things.  We're going to get ready and have some fun playing Maryland on Sunday."
Turning Point
  • Siena cut a three-goal Stony Brook lead to 6-6 after Hurley's second of the day.  Three minutes later, freshman Dan Shaughnessy(Sudbury, Mass.) save on Kieran Donohue's shot led the Seawolves in transition as Rooney's sixth goal of the season gave SBU a lead it didn't relinquish.  Eastwood and Rooney each scored fourth-quarter goals to give Stony Brook a pair of three-goal leads.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook hit the post five times against Siena, including three from Tundo, who is two goals shy of tying last year's total of 17.
  • Stony Brook tied a season-low with 11 turnovers.
  • The Seawolves enjoyed their best performance of the season clearing the ball, recording 20 of 22 successful clears.
  • Stony Brook won the ground ball battle (35-28) for a second straight game.  Freshman Tom Monzo (Flourtown, Pa.) (5) and junior George Benitez (Darien, Conn.) (3) each recorded career-highs in ground balls.
  • Stony Brook's starting attack accounted for eight goals and an assist.  The trio had only one goal at Rutgers.
News & Notes
  • Stony Brook is 8-1 all-time against Siena, including a 5-0 mark at home.
Up Next
  • Sunday's game at Maryland will be televised live on ESPN3 at 12 p.m.

Monday, March 4, 2013

2013 Stony Brook Basketball: Here comes the BOOM...2013 America East Championship...this weekend

Maine Women's Basketball will not participate in 2013 America East Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The University of Maine women’s basketball team will not participate in the 2013 America East Women’s Basketball Championship presented by SEFCU that begins on Friday, March 9, the university announced on Monday evening.

The announcement comes in the aftermath of the Feb. 26 bus accident on Interstate 95 near Georgetown, Mass. in which the bus driver was injured and a Maine player sustained a broken hand.

"It has been a difficult time for these student-athletes following the accident," says Robert Dana, vice president for student affairs and dean of students. "Our focus has been and continues to be the health and well-being of these players in their athletic and academic lives. Knowing students as I do and having consulted with experts, my recommendation to President Ferguson, AD Abbott and Coach Barron is that the UMaine women's basketball team end its season to spend this time continuing to recuperate. They are back in the UMaine community and that's what matters. Seeing them back on the road for the tournament would have been difficult and not in their best interest."
 Coach Richard Barron and Athletic Director Steve Abbott talked with the student-athletes Monday morning and afternoon before notifying America East of Maine's decision.
“We are very sympathetic to the traumatic event Maine women’s basketball has experienced,” said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. “We entrust this decision to the experts and professionals on Maine’s campus to do what is best for the student-athletes, coaches and staff. The America East still looks forward to a great tournament in Albany this weekend.”
Maine was the No. 8 seed in the 2013 America East Championship and was scheduled to play No. 1 seed Albany in session two of the tournament on Friday, March 8, at 6 p.m. Fans who have already purchased single-session tickets for session two will receive a full refund. Session two tickets for all reserved section seats will now be reduced to $5.
In addition, fans who have already purchased all-session passes will receive a partial refund by calling the Albany ticket office at 518-442-DANE. Those fans also will receive a $10 discount for a future America East Championship event.

The game between No. 4 seed Stony Brook and No. 5 seed New Hampshire which was scheduled during session two at 8 p.m. has been moved to the 6 p.m. time slot. No. 1 seed Albany advances to the semifinals Sunday at 1 p.m.

Women’s Quarterfinals
Friday, March 8 at SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY
Game 1- #2 Hartford vs. #7 Bin
ghamton, 12:02 pm
Game 2- #3 UMBC  vs. #6 Vermont, 30 minutes following conclusion of prior game
Game 3- #4 Stony Brook vs. #5 New Hampshire, 6:02 pm
Men’s Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 9 at SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

Game 1- #2 Vermont vs. #7 New Hampshire, 12:02 pm
Game 2- #3 Hartford vs. #6 UMBC, 30 minutes following conclusion of prior game
Game 3- #1 Stony Brook vs. #8 Binghamton, 6:02 pm
Game 4- #4 Albany vs. #5 Maine, 30 minutes following conclusion of prior game
Women’s Semifinals
Sunday, March 10 at SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

Game 4- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 11:02 a.m.
Game 5- Winner Game 3 vs. #1 Albany, 30 minutes following conclusion of prior game
Men’s Semifinals
Sunday, March 10 at SEFCU Arena, Albany, NY

Game 5- Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2, 5:02 p.m.
Game 6- Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4, 30 minutes following conclusion of prior game
Men’s Championship Game
Saturday, March 16

Game 7- Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 11:32 a.m. (at home court of higher remaining seed)
Women’s Championship Game
Saturday, March 16

Game 6- Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5, 7:02 p.m. (at home court of higher remaining seed)

Freshman Carson Puriefoy leads way as Stony Brook beats Albany, 75-70

By Greg Logan, Newsday
Seldom has a so-called "meaningless" game had such meaningful consequences -- good and bad -- as Stony Brook's pulsating 75-70 comeback victory over Albany Sunday at sold-out Pritchard Gymnasium.
On the positive side, the Seawolves (23-6, 14-2 America East) finished with the most wins in their Division I history and the four Senior Day celebrants -- Tommy Brenton (six points, seven rebounds, seven assists), Ron Bracey (nine points), Marcus Rouse (eight points, four assists) and Lenny Hayes (eight points) -- started and went out with a bang. Freshman Carson Puriefoy III added an electrifying glimpse of the future, scoring 15 of his 17 in the second half.
But because SBU previously had wrapped up its third conference title in four seasons and secured the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, a loss actually might have been better.
Albany (21-10, 9-7) dropped to fourth in the conference when Hartford (17-12, 10-6) beat Vermonton a three-pointer at the buzzer. If Stony Brook wins its first-round game over Binghamton (3-26, 1-15) and the Great Danes beat Maine (11-18, 6-10), the Seawolves will face host Albany in Sunday's semifinals.
Taking his cue perfectly after four years under coach Steve Pikiell, Hayes said, "First, we're looking at Binghamton." Pressed on the prospect of an Albany rematch, Hayes allowed, "It's going to be another tough game. They play physical and we play physical. But we're looking forward to Binghamton right now."
If nothing else, the Great Danes underlined exactly how fragile are Stony Brook's hopes of winning the conference tournament and earning the automatic NCAA bid for the first time in school history. Albany shot 56.5 percent and outrebounded SBU 26-22, effectively negating the champions' strengths.
Guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati were deadly from the perimeter with 17 points each and 7-for-13 three-point shooting. Sam Rowley added 10 and the Great Danes' frontcourt shot 15- for-23 collectively.
Black had six points in a 12-0 run that gave Albany its biggest lead at 46-36. That's when Puriefoy stepped up to lead his elders, scoring nine points in a 25-12 run that put SBU in front 61-58. That stretch began with Bracey hitting a jumper to end the Great Danes' run and ended with a three-pointer by Hayes and a layup by Brenton.
While Puriefoy rested, Albany went ahead 63-61 on a three-pointer by Iati with six minutes left, but Puriefoy returned to score six points in the Seawolves' 14-7 finishing kick. He and Rouse defended hard against Black and Iati, forcing Albany to shoot 1-for-7 in that span with three turnovers.
"Trey Puriefoy changed the pace of the game and gave us great energy," Pikiell said. "We've won a lot of games with defense, but tonight we won with offense. I don't like that feeling, but this year's team is capable of that. Last year's wasn't."
While the win over Albany made the path to the NCAA bid tougher, it also typified the winningest senior class in Stony Brook history. "We definitely were trying to have our best record," Hayes said. "We just wanted it for the record and the title and just to secure it

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Eastwood's goal in third overtime lifts Men's Lacrosse over Rutgers

Piscataway, N.J. -

Freshman Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) scored the game-winning goal with 40 seconds left in the third overtime as the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team (3-2) defeated Rutgers, 9-8, Saturday at the Rutgers Stadium Complex. 
Eastwood took a pass from senior Jeff Tundo (Orchard Park, N.Y.) and beat Rutgers goalie Kris Alleyne over his left shoulder.
Stony Brook is over .500 for the first time under coach Jim Nagle.
Freshman Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) was outstanding, tallying three goals and three assists.  Tundo added a goal and three assists for the Seawolves, who won the ground ball battle (29-26) for the first time this season.
Sophomore Mike Andreassi (Holbrook, N.Y.) and freshman Chris Hughes(Oceanside, N.Y.) each recorded a pair of goals.
Freshman Dan Shaughnessy (Sudbury, Mass.) finished with 10 saves.
Coach Jim Nagle's Reaction
"It was a great win for our young program.  We were able to pull this one out despite some challenges.  I'm especially proud of our team for battling and overcoming a lot of adversity."
Turning Point
  • Rutgers worked the ball around on their final possession.  Scott Klimchak, who led the Scarlet Knights with three goals and an assist, took an underhanded shot that Shaughnessy saved.  After a successful clear, Tundo found Eastwood, who was rotating counter-clockwise around the crease for the score.
By the Numbers
  • Freshmen Challen Rogers and Chris Hughes each tallied career-highs.  Rogers finished the game with three goals and three assists and Hughes added two goals and an assist. 
  • Freshman Frank Lucatuorto won both of the overtime face-offs.  There was not a draw in the second overtime because Stony Brook was man-down and got possession of the ball at the end of the first quarter, resulting in possession to start the second.
  • Stony Brook held the biggest lead of the game, 3-1, after Hughes' second of the afternoon.
  • The game featured six ties and seven lead changes.
  • Senior Jeff Tundo already has 13 goals and 10 assists after five games.  He finished last season with 17 goals and 28 assists.
  • Stony Brook's midfield accounted for eight goals and six assists.
News & Notes
  • Rutgers is 5-2 all-time against Stony Brook.  Both of the Seawolves' wins were on the road.
  • The win is Stony Brook's second straight over a Big East opponent.  SBU defeated St. John's, 11-7, on Tuesday.
  • Stony Brook was 3-6 in one-goal games last season.
Up Next
  • Stony Brook will return home to face Siena on Tuesday, March 5 at 3:30 p.m.