Sunday, April 7, 2013

Congrats to Stony Brook Athletics supporter and 3-Village resident Mick Foley inducted to the WWE HOF Saturday Night!

Congrats to Stony Brook Athletics supporter and 3-Village resident @realmickfoley Mick Foley inducted to the @WWE HOF at @TheGarden Saturday night....Mick visted the WUSB table numerous times over the years with Jeff Bernstein and Curt Hylton

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Brody Eastwood's goal caps huge comeback but Stony Brook falls in OT

Newsday - LaValle Stadium - The Stony Brook men's lacrosse team almost had a great day. Instead, the Seawolves had to settle for a great comeback in a 14-13 overtime loss Saturday to visiting Binghamton in an America East Conference game.
Trailing 13-4 with 5:40 left in the third quarter, Stony Brook scored nine straight goals, including the equalizer by Brody Eastwood with 57 seconds left in regulation, only to lose it in sudden death when Michael Antinozzi scored from about 13 yards out for the Bearcats (5-5, 1-1).
"It was a heck of a comeback by our guys," Stony Brook coach Jim Nagle said. It would have been certainly the best comeback I've ever been associated with."
Stony Brook (6-5, 1-1) was down 7-3 at the half and 13-6 after three quarters. Nagle blamed the defense, saying, "I thought that's where we really blew the game early. We were real loose and porous and gave up a lot of easy opportunities."
Binghamton's Matt Springer scored four of his six goals in the first half. "We were having trouble possessing the ball," said Eastwood, who tied Challen Rogers for a team high three goals.
"Coach said in the huddle we have nothing to lose really," Eastwood said. "Just go out there and play like we always do, just keep working at it. I think there's always enough time if you're executing right."
Stony Brook goalie Dan Shaughnessy, who did not record a save the first three quarters, made six in the final period. "Take that last half of the game and work off it." Eastwood said. "It's definitely a positive way to end out the game especially when you are down by so many."
With only three conference games left, Stony Brook's path to the tournament, which will be hosted by the Seawolves, is still well within reach, Nagle said. "I think two wins and you've got a good shot of getting in, three wins guarantees," he said. "Now we've got a real good UMBC team coming in [Saturday] and we've got our backs against the wall a little bit but I think we have a very good team."

Friday, April 5, 2013

Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton named national defensive player of the year

ATLANTA -- One year ago, the winner of the Lefty Driesell Award as national defensive player of the year was 6-11 freshman center Anthony Davis, who merely led Kentucky to the national championship and then became the No. 1 NBA draft pick.
This year's winner? Would you believe Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton?
The fifth-year forward has been the Seawolves' heart-and-soul player almost from the moment he set foot on campus, and he even was America East Conference player of the year this season. But to be recognized for his contributions nationally by a panel of coaches and media for an award sponsored by is a towering achievement.
"Usually, these awards go to players from high majors,'' said Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell, who was in Atlanta Friday night to accept the award for Brenton, who was unable to attend the banquet. "I'm excited and thrilled they recognized what a great player Tommy has been. It's unbelievable. He's in select company. Usually, these awards go to first-round picks. The committee did their homework.''
The 6-5 Brenton is the fourth winner of the award, following Davis, Old Dominion's Kent Bazemore and Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado. Brenton led Stony Brook in rebounds (8.5 per game) and steals (1.6), and if they measured floor burns and charges taken, he would have been at the top in those categories.
The Seawolves ranked 13th nationally in scoring defense, giving up 57.5 points per game, and were sixth in field-goal percentage defense (.378).
Much of that was related to the leadership of Brenton, the quintessential "glue guy,'' who also led the team in assists (4.8) and chipped in 8.4 points per game. Brenton did the job in the classroom, too, obtaining a master's degree in education.
"It shows how far the program has come,'' Pikiell said. "We've made huge strides at the national level. We're getting respect. A tip of the hat to Tommy.''

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Former men's hoops coach Rollie Massimino inducted to College Basketball Hall of Fame

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook men's basketball head coach Rollie Massimino has been elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame. One of the all-time legends in college basketball coaching, Massimino has amassed over 700 wins as a coach in the NCAA and NAIA ranks.

Massimino will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 23 in Kansas City, Mo., as part of a three-day celebration that includes the CBE Classic.

Massimino's first head coaching opportunity came right here at Stony Brook from 1969-71, and he left an indelible impression on the program as he was the first coach at Stony Brook to lead the program to an NCAA Tournament, taking the 1969-70 squad to the NCAA College Division Tournament after going undefeated in the Knickerbocker Conference (8-0). That season's team was also the first in program history to boast a 10-game winning streak during the season. Under Massimino that season, Stony Brook won 17 in an 18-game stretch, finishing the regular season 18-4 before losing twice at the NCAA Tournament.

According to Hank von Mechow, Stony Brook's first athletics director and an associate professor at the university during the Massimino Era, earning a berth into the NCAA College Division Tournament "was one of the first things that got the students excited for athletics."

Massimino was well liked at Stony Brook and did great things as a coach and mentor to student-athletes, helping spark a Hall of Fame career in collegiate coaching.

"I can't think of anyone who taught the fundamentals of basketball better than Rollie Massimino," said John Ramsey, Stony Brook's head men's soccer coach from 1963-77 and former director of men's athletics and men's physical education. "Rollie inspired kids to improve; he was truly an amazing coach.

"I learned a lot from observing his methods; he was tremendous in terms of preparing his team for a game. I've been around coaches for most of my life, and I can easily say that Rollie ranks among the best I've ever seen."

"I was on the search committee to hire a new basketball coach, and we really liked Rollie," von Mechow said. "He was very funny and very personable. We enjoyed him a lot."

Massimino also can boast being the first coach at Stony Brook to recruit students to play sports on campus.

"Rollie brought the concept of recruiting to Stony Brook," said Paul Dudzick, who spent 36 years at Stony Brook, including eight as the director of men's athletics. "Before Rollie, you just had walk-ons. But he was an organized recruiter and was committed to it. In those days before athletic scholarships, he only had a great education and a great basketball experience to offer."

In two seasons, Stony Brook was 33-16 under Massimino, who moved on to become an assistant at Pennsylvania under legendary head coach Chuck Daly.

After two seasons as an assistant at Penn, Massimino was named the head coach at Villanova, where he and the Wildcats staged one of the greatest upsets in college basketball history in 1985. As a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, Villanova defeated Dayton, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Memphis State to reach the national championship game. In a thriller, the underdog Wildcats upset the defending champion Georgetown Hoyas, 66-64, to win the national championship.

Massimino also had coaching stops and UNLV (1992-94) and Cleveland State (1996-2003) and is currently the head coach at Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla. He led the Seahawks to the NAIA national championship game in 2012, and led them to a 30-4 record in 2013. He won his 700th career game on Dec. 29, 2012.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Baseball boasts seven pros on 2013 opening day rosters

Stony Brook, N.Y. - As Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball celebrate their Opening Days this week, Stony Brook Baseball is proud to have seven former Seawolves on active pro rosters this week with two more awaiting minor league short season assignments. In total, there is at least one former Stony Brook player at each level of the full-season Minor League affiliates (AAA, AA, Advanced A, A) and at the Major League level.

The group is headlined by Joe Nathan '97, a five-time MLB All-Star who is in his second season as the closer for the Texas Rangers. Overall, Nathan is in his 13th season in the big leagues and is 24th all-time in MLB history in saves with 298. He is the second among active players, behind only New York's Mariano Rivera.

Nathan was a two-time Academic All-American and hit .378 in his time with the Seawolves and was also inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame on Dec. 6, 2006, when he became the first former Stony Brook student-athlete to have his number retired. Stony Brook's field bears Nathan's name as he donated the lead $500,000 gift for the construction of Joe Nathan Field, which opened in 2011.

Fellow pitcher Tom Koehler '08, who made his Major League debut last season for the Miami Marlins, opens 2013 with the New Orleans Zephyrs, Miami's AAA affiliate, and will be the opening day starter Thursday at Nashville. Last season, Koehler was 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 13-1/3 innings with the Marlins. He made his debut on Sept. 5 against Milwaukee and recorded his first strikeout against Martin Maldonado. At New Orleans, Koehler was 12-11 with a 4.17 ERA and 138 strikeouts in 151 innings.

A two-time, All-America East second team selection, Koehler finished his four-year Stony Brook career second in program history in innings pitched (293.1) and third in strikeouts (297). He was a part of the 2008 America East Championship winning team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Nick Tropeano, less than two years removed from being selected in the fifth round of the MLB Draft by the Houston Astros, moves up to AA to play for the Corpus Christi Hooks and is projected to be the team's opening day starter on Thursday. Last season, Tropeano split time with the Lexington Legends and the Lancaster JetHawks in Class A ball. In his pro career, he is 15-9 with a 2.85 ERA and 229 strikeouts in 211-1/3 innings. He is currently the No. 9 prospect in the Astros organization, according to Baseball America.

Tropeano was a two-time All-American at Stony Brook, setting an America East record for wins (12) and strikeouts in 2011. He was also a two-time America East Pitcher of the Year, the 2011 Stony Brook Male Athlete of the Year and helped lead the Seawolves to the 2010 America East championship and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win.

Stony Brook's first-ever first-round MLB draft pick, Travis Jankowski, opens his first full season in the pros with the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres. After being selected 44th overall by the Padres last season, Jankowski hit .282 with 15 extra base hits and 17 stolen bases with the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Earlier this spring, Jankowski appeared in five spring training games for San Diego and hit .444 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Jankowski had arguably the greatest season in Stony Brook history in 2012 when he led the nation in hits (110), triples (11) and runs scored (79) and also ranked eighth in the country in batting average (.414) and sixth in stolen bases (34). He was named the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) National Co-Player of the Year, first-team All-American and America East Player of the Year. He is the program's all-time leader in stolen bases (74) and triples (16).

Pat Cantwell, who was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the third round of the 2012 MLB Draft, opens 2013 with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Texas' Class A Advanced team. Cantwell spent 2012 with the Spokane Indians, where he hit .255 with one home run and 22 RBI while sporting a .342 on-base percentage.

Cantwell was a four-year starter at Stony Brook and three-time All-America East selection. He hit .314 with 60 extra-base hits and 109 RBI in his career and was a tremendous presence behind the plate, where he threw out 60 out of 90 attempted base stealers, an incredible 66.7 percent rate. He helped the Seawolves to two NCAA Tournaments and was named the 2010 America East Championship Most Outstanding Player.

Maxx Tissenbaum, drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 11th round last season, will start 2013 with the Fort Wayne TinCaps in A ball, the same team Jankowski played for last season. Tissenbaum appeared in 47 games for the Eugene Emeralds last season and hit .296 with three home runs and 29 RBI while posting a .403 on-base percentage. He had nearly twice as many walks (27) as strikeouts (14). Like Jankowski, Tissenbaum also had the opportunity to play a few games for the Padres during spring training, going 1-for-4 at the plate.

Tissenbaum was a two-time All-America East selection and a 2012 third-team All-American for the Seawolves. Last season, he was the fourth-most difficult man to strike out in the country, fanning just once every 26.8 at bats and just nine times all season. In his career, he hit .362 with 12 home runs, 115 RBI and a .427 on-base percentage.

William Carmona, an 11th round draft choice by the Philadelphia Phillies last season, resumes play with the Lakewood BlueClaws of Class A ball, the team he finished with last year. Splitting time with Lakewood and the Gulf Coast League Phillies, Carmona hit .281 with four home runs and 30 RBI in 52 professional games.

Carmona left Stony Brook as the program's all-time leader in hits with a whopping 255. He had a career average of .380 in his three seasons, hitting 24 home runs and driving in 161 runs while scoring 143 of his own. He was a two-time All-American at Stony Brook, the 2011 America East Player of the Year and 2010 America East Rookie of the Year.

Reliever James Campbell, taken by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 12th round last year, reports to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes in Class A Advanced ball for 2013. Campbell appeared in nine games for the Great Lakes Loons last season, posting a 2.40 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 15 innings. 

Campbell was the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2012, helping lead the Seawolves to a second conference title in the last three seasons. He finished his Stony Brook career with a 7-3 record, 4.53 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 115-1/3 innings. He had eight career saves, which ranks him fourth in program history.

Two other Seawolves are currently in the minor leagues awaiting short season assignments. Tyler Johnson, Stony Brook's all-time leader in wins with 31, pitched last season with the AZL Athletics in Rookie ball, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.33 ERA in relief. He was a 33rd round choice by the Oakland Athletics last season. Jasvir Rakkar, a former Seawolves reliever, pitched seven games for the AZL Cubs, posting a 2.70 ERA with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 26th round last year.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Brenton picks up another pair of honors

Senior forward named AP All-America honorable mention and Defensive All-America.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Tommy Brenton (Columbia, Md.) of the Stony Brook men's basketball team has added to his long list of postseason honors. On Monday, he was named an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and named to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team.

Brenton is the second player in school history to be honored by theAssociated Press, joining Muhammad El-Amin, who was also an honorable mention pick in 2010. In addition, Brenton is the first Stony Brook player ever to be named to the Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team.

Brenton continues to rack up the accolades after a fantastic senior season in which he led the Seawolves in rebounds (279), assists (158), steals (54), free throws made (100). Last week, he was named a Lou Henson Mid-Major All-American by Last month, he was named America East Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-America East and America East All-Defensive.

In his career, Brenton is a two-time first-team All-America East selection and a two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year. He was just the second player in America East history to be named Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the same season. He graduates Stony Brook as the program's all-time leader in rebounds (1,115) and steals (220) and the program's all-time Div. I leader in assists (405). He is tied for third all-time in conference in history in career rebounds, one of just eight players ever in the league to grab over 1,000 rebounds.

Brenton co-captained a Stony Brook squad that posted its best season ever as a Div. I program, winning 25 games, capturing the America East regular season championship for the third time in the last four seasons and earning the program's first-ever national postseason victory, a 71-58 win over Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT.

In his four seasons as a member of the Seawolves, Brenton played in 127 games, and Stony Brook had an 85-42 record (.669) in those games.

2012-13 Associated Press All-America Teams

First Team
Trey Burke, Michigan
Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Doug McDermott, Creighton
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga

Second Team
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Shane Larkin, Miami
Ben McLemore, Kansas

Third Team
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Jeff Withey, Kansas
Russ Smith, Louisville
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Nate Wolters, South Dakota State

Honorable Mention

Kyle Barone, Idaho; Jerrelle Benimon, Towson; Anthony Bennett, UNLV; Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook; Sherwood Brown, Florida Gulf Coast; Isaiah Canaan, Murray State; Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia; Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse; Ian Clark, Belmont; Jake Cohen, Davidson.

Jack Cooley, Notre Dame; D.J. Cooper, Ohio; Allen Crabbe, California; Aaron Craft, Ohio State; Seth Curry, Duke; Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's; Gorgui Dieng, Louisville; James Ennis, Long Beach State; Chris Flores, NJIT; Jamal Franklin, San Diego State.

Ian Hummer, Princeton; Colton Iverson, Colorado State; Joe Jackson, Memphis; Kareem Jamar, Montana; Lamont Jones, Iona; Ray McCallum, Detroit; Rodney McGruder, Kansas State; Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA; Erik Murphy, Florida; Mike Muscala, Bucknell.

Stan Okoye, VMI; Jamal Olasewere, LIU Brooklyn; Phil Pressey, Missouri; Augustine Rubit, South Alabama; Peyton Siva, Louisville; Taylor Smith, Stephen F. Austin; Omar Strong, Texas Southern; Kendall Williams, New Mexico; Pendarvis Williams, Norfolk State; Khalif Wyatt, Temple.

Khem Birch6-9Fr.UNLV
Tommy Brenton6-5Sr.Stony Brook
Will Cherry6-1Sr.Montana
Ian Clark6-3Sr.Belmont
Aaron Craft6-2Jr.Ohio State
Gorgui Dieng6-11Jr.Louisville
Jontel Evans5-11So.Virginia
Shane Larkin5-11So.Miami
Zeke Marshall7-0Sr.Akron
Nerlens Noel6-10Fr.Kentucky
Chris Obekpa6-9Fr.St. John's
Victor Oladipo6-5Jr.Indiana
Trevor Releford6-0Jr.Alabama
Andre Roberson6-7Jr.Colorado
Durand Scott6-5Sr.Miami
Marcus Smart6-4Fr.Oklahoma State
Michael Snaer6-5Sr.Florida State
D.J. Stephens6-5Sr.Memphis
Darius Theus6-3Sr.VCU
Julian Washburn6-7So.UTEP
Jeff Withey7-0Sr.Kansas