Saturday, September 7, 2013

#13 Stony Brook shuts out Rhode Island in CAA debut

Published: September 7, 2013 6:44 PM

KINGSTON, R.I. - Stony Brook's debut as a football member of the Colonial Athletic Association lacked the offensive fireworks the Seawolves were known for in the Big South. But a stout defense and a gutty performance by quarterback Lyle Negron translated to a 24-0 victory over Rhode Island Saturday afternoon at Meade Stadium.
The Rams (0-2) are a young team that has lost 15 straight and was coming off a 51-26 shellacking the previous week at Fordham, but the CAA cellar- dweller put up a surprisingly good fight. The 13th-ranked Seawolves (1-0) were too tough on defense, recovering three fumbles and stopping two fourth-down plays in Stony Brook territory in the second half, and Negron showed remarkable toughness while scrambling to make plays.
Called upon to replace injured Kyle Essington in an FCS first-round playoff victory over Villanova last season, Negron spent that game mostly handing off. But he was a big playmaker at URI, completing 12 of 19 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown and rushing seven times for 65 yards, including a 59-yard run on the Seawolves' first offensive play.
Negron was sacked only once but took a bunch of big hits in the open field as he often dropped back to pass and then ran. "That's just the way I play the game," the senior said. "I'm a real physical QB. I've got to learn to slide, though. It felt like a first game for me. I made a lot of mistakes."
Negron's opening run took him to the Rhode Island 10-yard line, but the Seawolves had to settle for a 26-yard field goal by Nick Ferrara, who later missed from 27 yards.
After cornerback Reuben Johnson recovered a fumble by Rams receiver Andrew Matos, Stony Brook drove 61 yards to score on an 8-yard run by Marcus Coker for a 10-0 halftime lead.
That drive was kept alive by Negron on third-down completions of 16 yards to Devante Wheeler and a pass through a tight window that tight end Will Tye carried 34 yards one play before Coker stiff-armed his way into the end zone.
"Tye didn't see the guy behind him," Negron said. "I was hoping he'd concentrate on the ball, which he did."
Coker was limited to 78 yards rushing on 23 carries by a Rhode Island defense that often stacked nine players in the box at the line of scrimmage and by penalties that wiped out a couple of long gainers.
The Rams kept it close through a scoreless third period but were stopped twice on fourth-down plays by Stony Brook linebacker Jawara Dudley. He tackled running back Robbie Delgado for a 1-yard gain on fourth-and-3 from the SBU 37. Dudley also stopped the Rams' deepest penetration on fourth-and-3 at the SBU 26 when he dropped into pass coverage and tackled running back Jordan Sebastien for a 1-yard gain early in the fourth quarter.
Dudley said the shutout was "nice. We set our goal for two turnovers and got three."
Dudley's final fourth-down stop was the turning point. Negron then guided the Seawolves 75 yards to score on an 8-yard run by Jamie Williams for a 17-0 lead with 9:23 left.
After another fumble recovery by Johnson at the Rhode Island 49, Negron added the finishing touch with a 30-yard TD strike to wideout Adrian Coxson on a post pattern for the final margin.
"I was like, 'Finally,' '' Negron said. "He had a few of those in the beginning and either overthrew them or something."
Although the final score was closer than expected, it was a positive transition to CAA play and for Negron. "It's a lot different," he said. "This year, it felt like it's my turn. It felt good."

Defense leads No. 13 Stony Brook over Rhode Island, 24-0

Kingston, R.I. -
No. 13 Stony Brook scored 14 points off Rhode Island turnovers and held the Rams to 291 yards of total offense in a 24-0 victory Saturday at Meade Stadium. It was the season and CAA opener for the Seawolves (1-0), who forced three fumbles. Stony Brook posted 339 yards of total offense, including 153 yards from the running game.
Senior Reuben Johnson (Lawnside, N.J.), a transfer from Cincinnati, recovered two fumbles and forced another. Sophomore Naim Cheeseboro(King of Prussia, Pa.) led all players with nine tackles.
Negron, who was 12 of 19 for 186 yards and a touchdown, made an immediate impact with a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for the Seawolves. Negron bootlegged to the weak side and found a ton of running room to set the tone. He finished with 65 yards rushing.
Senior Malcolm Eugene (Huntington, N.Y.) caught three passes for 56 yards. Negron's only touchdown pass was a 30-yard post route to junior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.).
Senior Marcus Coker (Beltsville, Md.) led all players with 78 rushing yards.
Scoring Drives
• 1st Ferrara 26 yd field goal, 5-60, 1:57, 3-0
• 2nd Coker 8 yd run (Ferrara kick), 7-61, 4:00, 10-0
• 4th Williams 8 yd run (Ferrara kick), 7-75, 3:33, 17-0
• 4th Coxson 30 yd pass from Negron (Ferrara kick), 6-49, 1:48, 24-0
Quotes ...
Chuck Priore:
"I thought all three phases of today's game were outstanding. We controlled field position and the defense made some plays. You can't understate the importance of forcing three turnovers. Rhode Island was going to commit nine guys in the box to defend our running game and it was up to us to attack it."

Jawara Dudley:
"We set our goals to force two turnovers and we forced three. The game was more physical [changing from the Big South to CAA] but competition is competition.
Marcus Coker:
"Rhode Island was tough up front like we knew they'd be. They got us a couple of times in the backfield but we also got them for some long runs."
News & Notes
• This was the first Stony Brook shutout since the Seawolves blanked Coastal Carolina, 42-0, on Oct. 29, 2011. This was also the third shutout during head coach Chuck Priore's eight-year tenure. •Lyle Negron's 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage for Stony Brook was the longest run by a Seawolves' quarterback since Dave Rodriguez's 64-yard rush against Central Connecticut in 2000.
• Nick Ferrara's 68-yard punt was the longest in the program's Division I history. Andrew Powell connected on a 66-yard punt in 2007 and Josh Davies hit a 65-yarder in 1999.
• Rhode Island was held to only 13 rushing yards in the first half. It finished with 67 yards, helped by a 27-yard gain from quarterback Bob Bentsen.
• Rhode Island was 0 for 2 on fourth-down conversions.
• Stony Brook won the time of possession battle (33:36-26:24).
• Nick Ferrara, a transfer from Maryland, averaged 46.2 yards per punt.

SEAWOLVES FOOTBALL GAMEDAY: #13 Stony Brook at Rhode Island, 12:45 p.m.

Friday, September 6, 2013

No. 13 Football opens 2013 season at Rhode Island - LIVE ON WUSB

Stony Brook, N.Y. -

2013 Stony Brook Football
Game #1: #13 Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0, 0-0) at Rhode Island Rams (0-1, 0-0)
Sat., Sept. 7  •  Meade Stadium  •  Kingston, R.I.  •  1:00 p.m.
Stony Brook Seawolves (0-0)
Head Coach: Chuck Priore, eighth season
Career Record: 86-43
Record at SBU: 47-34

Rhode Island Rams (0-1)
Head Coach: Joe Trainer, fifth season
Career Record: 22-56
Record at URI: 9-36

Kickoff: The Stony Brook football team will begin its 30th season of competition when the Seawolves head to New England to take on the Rhode Island Rams Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.  Mike Solano (PBP) and Curt Hylton (color) will call the action on the new home of Stony Brook Football, Champions Radio.  Fans can listen to the game on 107.1, 96.9 and 90.1 as well as online at

Opponent: Rhode Island lost its season opener, 51-26, at Fordham on August 29.  The Rams trailed 14-0 early and 24-6 at halftime.  Junior Robbie Delgado rushed for a career-high 113 yards.  Delgado was the first URI player to rush for 100 yards in a game since Steve Probst, who currently is a graduate assistant at Stony Brook, totaled 180 yards against Brown in 2011.

Series: Saturday's game will be the first meeting between Rhode Island and Stony Brook.
Up Next: Stony Brook will head upstate to face Buffalo on Saturday, September 14.  The Bulls won the previous meeting, 35-7, in 2011

Thursday, September 5, 2013

WUSB interview w/Stony Brook Women's Basketball Coach Beth O'Boyle

WUSB Sports Statement regarding Stony Brook Athletics partnering with Champions Radio...

Official word from WUSB Sports...

We are very happy to see Stony Brook Athletics partner with Champions Radio for Stony Brook Football and Men's Basketball...more exposure for the Seawolves is always an added bonus, since the majority of our department are proud SBU alums...and we are very happy to see our-own long time WUSB-
member Curt Hylton and recently Mike Solano continuing on Champions Radio...which means WUSB is producing quality work...
We are also happy to still be associated with SBU Athletics and will continue with professional broadcasts and comprehensive coverage of the Seawolves....

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Women’s lacrosse welcomes 15 decorated newcomers

Stony Brook, N.Y. –Fresh off a historic 2013 season that saw the team rocket to as high as seventh in the national rankings and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Stony Brook women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina has brought in a class of 15 newcomers, including 14 freshmen, for the 2014 season. The accomplished group features six student-athletes who have previously been named All-Americans, five selections to ESPN’s Watch List and multiple state champions and team captains.
“We’re very excited to welcome this class on campus,” Spallina said. “It is an extremely talented and athletic group from top to bottom. We feel this class will make an instant impact on our lineup and will help us continue our ascent to national prominence.” 
The Seawolves add six attackers, four midfielders, four defenders and one goalie to a team that just a few months ago shattered numerous school and conference records, broke the all-time NCAA Div. I mark for goals against average (5.65) and won its first America East title while cracking the top-10 in both major national polls for the first time in program history. 13 members of the incoming class hail from the Long Island area.
Courtney Murphy, a multi-sport star at William Floyd High School, was twice tabbed an Under Armour All-American and was named to ESPN’s Watch List in 2012. A first-team All-Long Island honoree her senior year, Murphy was selected all-county in lacrosse in each of her four seasons. The 5-7 attacker also earned letters in basketball, cross country and field hockey, nabbing all-county recognition in basketball and all-league honors in field hockey along the way.
Samantha Jaffe comes to Stony Brook after producing a stellar four-year career at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., where she was named to the ESPN Watch List three times and garnered Under Armour All-America honors in 2011 and U.S. Lacrosse All-America status in 2012. Jaffe, a 5-4 attacker, was also invited to the All-American Showcase in 2011 and 2012 and earned all-district, all-county and all-conference accolades in each of her four seasons.
Honored as a High School All-American by U.S. Lacrosse in 2013, the 5-7 Kristin Yevoli is another local product out of Massapequa High School. Yevoli, a midfielder, also nabbed all-county accolades in addition to collecting all-conference and all-county awards in winter track and field hockey, respectively.
A two-time Academic All-America selection for girl’s lacrosse, Dorrien Van Dyke led Northport High School to a N.Y. State Class A title her sophomore season and a No. 13 state ranking in 2013. Van Dyke, a midfielder who stands tall at 6-0, received multiple all-county nods in lacrosse and was also an all-league and all-conference selection in girl’s basketball. A leader, she was also the co-captain of the girl’s basketball team last year.
The 5-9 Brooke Gubitosi enters the collegiate ranks after a successful run at Northport High School that included a state title in 2011, a spot on the Underclassman Under Armour All-America team and a selection to ESPN’s Watch List. Gubitosi, a defender, captained her high school squad as a senior and was named All-Long Island.
The previously announced Jenna Davis, a graduate student, rounds out SB’s list of former High School All-Americans. Davis joins Stony Brook for her fifth-year of eligibility after starting at midfield and helping Princeton earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament last season.  
Jessica Volpe, who was named to ESPN’s Top 50 Junior and Watch Lists in 2012, will contribute to a defensive line that bested national, conference and school records last year, including allowing the fewest goals in an America East Tournament (7). Volpe, a 5-5 product of nearby Hauppauge, helped Hauppauge High School achieve a No. 6 state ranking in 2012. She received an all-county and all-league accolades in girl’s lacrosse, while also putting together a solid resume in winter track, capturing all-county and all-league honors.
Nichole Doran, a 5-4 attacker from Melville, was placed on ESPN’s Watch List in 2012 and captained the Half Hallow Hills High School East team as an upperclassman. She was named to the all-tournament team this past spring and was the squad’s Unsung Hero in 2011. Doran also played soccer for three seasons. 
Marisa Colacino comes to Stony Brook having just helped Mount Sinai High School run the table with a 20-0 overall record and state crown this past spring. Colacino brought home all-tournament honors as Mount Sinai finished first among public school girl’s lacrosse teams in New York State and second overall. The 5-6 defender also contributed to the 2011 squad that advanced to the state title game. A decorated athlete, Colacino was named all-division from 2011-13 and received the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse NYSPHS AA Certificate and the NYS Assembly Certificate in 2011 and 2013. She also played soccer and basketball, captaining both teams.
Kaitlyn Leahy joins the Seawolves as a goalie. Leahy, who is 5-4, was a three-time all-county selection and an all-division honoree in girl’s lacrosse at Bayport-Blue Point High School. Another multi-sport standout, Leahy also lettered in basketball and soccer, earning all-county, all-league and all-conference in the latter. She served as captain on all three squads.
A 5-3 attacker out of Farmingdale N.Y., Margaret Fleming helped Farmingdale High School capture state championships in 2010 and 2013 and compile an impressive 56-10 mark during her four-year career. She also captained the squad, which ranked fifth in the state this past year, as a senior. An all-county selection for girl’s lacrosse in 2013, Fleming was also an accomplished soccer player, netting all-conference and all-class honors during her final season.   
Megan Pettine also arrives with big game experience. Pettine, who hails from Finksburg, Md., helped Westminster High School reach the state title match in her first two seasons with the team. She was named second team all-county and all-conference in 2011 and the Westminster High School Female Athlete of the Year. The 5-7 attacker recently earned all-tournament accolades at the Vail Shootout.
Another 5-7 attacker, Alyssa Guido played four seasons at Rocky Point High School under Joe Spallina’s brother, Dan Spallina. She grabbed all-division honors as a sophomore before picking up all-county accolades as a junior and senior.
A five-year letterwinner at Smithtown East, Elizabeth Pellechi captured all-league, all-county and all-division awards during her high school career. The midfielder captained both the soccer and lacrosse teams.
Ashley Gomes comes to Stony Brook from Freeport, N.Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain on the Freeport girl’s lacrosse team. During her time at Freeport, Gomes, a 5-4 midfielder, was selected all-conference twice and all-county once.
Stony Brook, which ended 2013 at No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, will begin its hunt to play deep into May with next week with fall practices.  

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SEAWOLVES SPORTS WEEKLY to debut on September 8th...

SEAWOLVES SPORTS WEEKLY to debut on September 8th...

WUSB 90.1 FM will begin a new radio/internet show on September 8th called Seawolves Sports Weekly..The new show will focus on Stony Brook University Sports, with various guests from coaches, student-athletes, administrators and media members...Veteran WUSB broadcasters Jeff Bernstein and Curt Hylton will co-host the show which will begin on Sunday, 9/8 at 10 p.m. till 11 p.m. throughout the Seawolves athletics season...The Sports Section will continue its longtime run Sunday's from 11 p.m.-12 a.m. during the Seawolves season, and from 10 p.m. - 12 a.m. during the Seawolves off-season...

Stony Brook tops Penn in Saturday's scrimmage, 17-3

Stony Brook, N.Y. - In its final preseason tune-up, the Stony Brook football team beat Penn, 17-3, in a scrimmage at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday. Sophomore Jamie Williams (Hamilton, N.J.) had a 45-yard touchdown run and junior Will Tye (Middletown, Conn.) hauled in a 54-yard TD pass from senior Lyle Negron (Bakersfield, Calif.).
"I was really please with today's outcome," coach Chuck Priore said. "A couple of things that stood out in my mind were our pass rush and Lyle's ability to throw the ball. We're healthy and we accomplished what our goals were. I like where we stand heading into next Saturday."
After a controlled scrimmage in the first half, Stony Brook and Penn went 11-on-11 in the second half.
The Seawolves' defense, especially up front, was very strong early on against the Quakers. Stony Brook totaled five sacks on the day, including three from senior Dimetrius Bernard (Jamaica, N.Y.).
Williams put Stony Brook on the board on the ninth play of the first drive. Williams went off left tackle down the left side for the score. Senior Devante Wheeler (Staten Island, N.Y.) keyed the score with some solid downfield blocking.
Penn drove the ball inside the 10-yard on its next possession, but on third and goal from the three, junior Zedrick Gardner (Miami, Fla.) broke up a pass, forcing a field goal, which Penn made, cutting the Stony Brook lead to 7-3. 

Stony Brook's drive stalled on its next series, but solid special teams play from Wheeler forced Penn to start on the one-yard line.
Senior Nick Ferrara(Hicksville, N.Y.) connected for a 24-yard field goal on Stony Brook's next drive.
After a three-and-out from the Quakers, two penalties pushed Stony Brook to the Stony Brook 46. On third and 11, Negron found Tye on a crossing route and Tye went untouched into the end zone for the score.
Negron finished the game 6 of 9 for 117 yards. Williams totaled 51 rushing yards.
The 2013 season gets underway on Saturday, September 7 at Rhode Island. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.