Thursday, June 6, 2013

Stony Brook matches best-ever Commissioner's Cup finish

Portland, Maine - Stony Brook University Athletics has matched its best finish ever in the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. America East Commissioner's Cup, taking second after an outstanding 2012-13 season that included eight conference championships. The conference announced its final Commissioner's Cup standings Tuesday evening at its annual awards banquet.
The Commissioner’s Cup annually recognizes the strongest athletic program in America East as determined by a scoring system which rewards a school for success both during the regular season and championship competition in the conference’s 20 sports.

Stony Brook's second-place finish matches the department's second-place finish in 2009-10, however this year, the Seawolves accumulated more championships than in 2009-10 when they had six. In 2012-13, Stony Brook claimed league tournament titles in men's & women's cross country, women's soccer, women's tennis, women's lacrosse and softball and regular season titles in men's basketball and women's lacrosse. Add in the football team's fourth consecutive Big South crown, and the department claimed a total of nine conference championships this athletic year.

It was a historic year for men's & women's cross country. The men, behind individual championEric Speakman, claimed its first-ever conference title. The women, which placed four runners in the top 10, made it a Stony Brook sweep by winning their sixth consecutive championship.

The women's soccer team also achieved numerous firsts as it won its first-ever conference championship and did so by becoming the first No. 6 seed in the tournament to ever win the crown. The feat was no simple task: the Seawolves defeated the top three seeds (No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 2 Maine, No. 1 Hartford) all on the road.

The men's basketball team produced its best season ever as a Div. I program with 25 wins and dominated the America East with a 14-2 record that was three games better than second-place Boston University and Vermont. Led by America East Player of the Year Tommy Brenton, the Seawolves captured their third regular season championship and NIT appearance in the last four seasons.

The women's tennis team claimed back-to-back conference championships after defeating Albany in the title round. The Seawolves were led by America East Player of the Year Nini Lagvilava, who also was the America East Championship Most Outstanding Player and was the first Seawolf in program history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship.

The women's lacrosse team had its best season ever, posting a 17-3 record, winning the America East regular season championship and taking home its first-ever tournament title with a final round win over Albany. The Seawolves, led by NCAA goals champion and America East Player of the Year Demmianne Cook, also won their first-ever NCAA Tournament game with a victory over Towson.

The softball team refused to lose this year at the America East Championship. After falling in the tournament opener, the Seawolves won four consecutive elimination games, including the final two over top seed Albany, to claim its second-ever tournament title and NCAA Tournament bid. The Seawolves were led by the tournament's Most Outstanding Player Allison Cukrov, who was 3-1 with a 1.11 ERA during the tournament.

The scoring system for the Stuart P. Haskell, Jr. Commissioner’s Cup is as follows: In sports where regular-season round robin competition is conducted, the first-place institution in the final standings receives four points times the total number of teams involved in conference play. The second-place institution receives four less points; third place receives eight less points, and so on. Additionally, the America East (tournament) champion receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place receives four less points and so on down to the last-place institution which receives two points.

In sports where regular-season round robin competition is not conducted (cross country, tennis, track & field, swimming & diving), the first-place institution at the America East championship receives two points times the total number of teams participating in the championship. The second-place institution receives two less points; third place gets four less points and so on down to the last place team which receives two points.
Final 2012-13 America East Commissioner's Cup Standings
2.Stony Brook300
4.New Hampshire227
9.Boston University162

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Priore announces restructuring of coaching staff

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head football coach Chuck Priore has announced a restructuring of his staff, which includes two new coaches. Joining the Seawolves for their first season in the CAA are Kyle Smith and Rich Reichert.
Smith replaces Patrick Hatch, who accepted a job at Yale University, as the team's running backs coach, while Reichert will coach the cornerbacks.
Smith comes back to Long Island after one year at Catholic University, where he served as the QB coach. The Cardinals' attack led the ODAC in total offense. Prior to Catholic, Smith, a 2005 graduate of Purdue University, worked at his alma mater as a graduate assistant from 2009-12 with the tight ends and offensive coordinator.
A standout quarterback at West Babylon H.S., Smith began his college coaching career at Hofstra, working with current defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill in the defensive backfield.
After earning a letter at Purdue at quarterback, Smith moved to the defensive side, becoming a two-year starter at free safety and played in two bowl games - the Sun Bowl and Capital One Bowl.
Reichert, a native of Nesconset, spent last season at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy as an assistant with the defensive backs. He was responsible for scouting the opponents' passing game and national recruiting.
A 2009 graduate of American International College, Reichert made stops at Western Michigan and Rutgers. As the Broncos' defensive graduate assistant, Reichert was responsible for running the opponents' offensive and special teams formations.
In 2011, Western Michigan nearly upset Illinois, and advanced to play Purdue in the Little Caesers Pizza Bowl.
Reichert's coaching career began in player development at Rutgers, working with the scout team and breakdown of opponents' film.
Reichert's father, Rich, is the long time head coach of St. Anthony's High School in Melville. 

In other news, Hemphill, who was named defensive coordinator at the end of February, will continue to work with the safeties. Tyler Santucci is the new defensive line coach and Tony Thompsonwill serve as special teams coordinator.