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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Eastwood, Rooney lead late charge past UMBC, 12-6

Maciejewski finishes with seven saves

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) scored four goals and senior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) added a goal and six assists to lead the Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to a 12-6 win over UMBC Saturday at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

Rooney assisted on each of Eastwood's four goals and scored or assisted on seven of the Seawolves' final 10 goals.

Stony Brook (6-2, 1-1 America East) outscored UMBC (2-5, 0-2), 7-1, after the Retrievers tied the game at five with 6:47 left in the third quarter.

Juniors Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) and Frank Lucatuorto (Stony Brook, N.Y.) added two goals apiece.

Freshman Brandon Maciejewski (Penn Yan, N.Y.) made seven saves to record his second victory of the season.

Nate Lewnes led UMBC with three goals. Pat Young, the Retrievers' leading scorer, was held to one goal.

Quotes . . .
Jim Nagle
"I thought it was good for our guys to get our first league win. Credit to UMBC for the way they played. They had a tough game last week, so we knew they would make the necessary adjustments and play with the necessary resolve. They have an experienced group, especially on defense, that gave us problems. We didn't play pretty, but in the end, we got the win."

Mike Rooney
"I felt like we weren't really playing our game for the first two-and-a-half quarters. I thought we carried some momentum from the third into the fourth quarter with some late saves and goals."

Brandon Maciejewski
"I was excited to be out there. I knew I had to play to the best of my ability in a conference game we needed to have."

Brody Eastwood
"After the Albany loss, we just wanted to have a great week of practice going into today's game. We'll have the same approach when we play Vermont next week. Not sure you can look past anyone in this league."

Key Moment
UMBC scored two goals eight seconds apart in the third quarter to tie the game at five. Connor Finch had a shot attempt on the door step, but was stoned by Maciejewski. After a successful clear, Rooney found Eastwood cutting to the crease for the score. It was the first of four straight goals for Stony Brook.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook scored nine of its 12 goals in the second half, including six in the fourth quarter.
• Lucatuorto's two goals are a career-high. He had tallied one goal in 30 games prior to today.
• Lucatuorto and sophomore Jay Lindsay (Burlington, Ontario) combined to win 17 draws. Lucatuorto was 13 of 16 and Lindsay was 4 of 6 at the 'X'.
• The Seawolves had 28 ground balls to UMBC's 18.
• Both teams were 12-for-14 on clear attempts.
• Stony Brook turned the ball over only nine times and only once in the fourth quarter.

News & Notes
• Stony Brook snapped a two-game losing streak against UMBC.
• Today's win was the 250th all-time for the program.
• Rooney has 19 points in four career games against UMBC.
• Eastwood has scored 12 goals in three games against UMBC.
• Rooney is 13 points away from becoming the fourth player in school history to reach 200 career points.
• Rooney's tallied 36 points over the last five games. He also moved into third place all-time with 83 assists.

Up Next
Stony Brook will head to Vermont to take on the Catamounts on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Stony Brook falls short against Mercer, 72-70

via Stony Brook Athletics
Season ends at 23-12

Seawolves 
Macon, Ga. - Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) led three Stony Brook players in double figures with 19 points, but Ike Nwamu's jumper with 1.2 seconds left helped Mercer escape with a 72-70 victory Wednesday at Hawkins Arena.
Sophomore Kameron Mitchell (Jacksonville, Fla.) totaled a career-high 15 points off the bench.
Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) accounted for his nation-leading 24th double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Nwamu scored a game-high 25 points. He was 7-for-13 from the field and tallied 19 points in the second half.
T.J. Hallice added 13 points and Jestin Lewis added 12.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"I'm proud of our team's effort tonight. I thought they showed a lot of grit and determination after last week's game. It seemed like Nwamu's final shot hit every part of the rim before going in. We'll bounce back. This team has been resilient all year long. We've got no seniors so I'm excited to get working with this group again."

Key Moment
Both teams continued to shoot at a torrid pace down the stretch. Mitchell and Puriefoy each hit threes to tie the game late in regulation. After Puriefoy's basket tied the game at 70, Nwamu made a move to the basket with four seconds left and his jumper finally went down with 1.2 seconds left.

By The Numbers
• Mercer shot 18-for-28 from the field in the second half.
• Stony Brook outrebounded Mercer, 43-41.
• The Seawolves forced 15 turnovers.
• Freshman Jakub Petras (Rajec, Slovakia) accounted for a career-high six rebounds in the first half alone. Four came on the offensive end.
• Stony Brook scored 22 points off turnovers.

 News & Notes
• Mitchell hit four threes in a game for the third time this season.
• Mitchell also went 4-for-5 from three against St. Thomas Aquinas and Washington.
• Stony Brook set an America East single-season record for rebounds in a season (1,395).
• Warney finished with season averages of 16.4 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. His 409 total rebounds is tied with former Drexel standout Malik Rose for the most in a season in America East history. • Puriefoy finished the season with a scoring average of 14.4 points per game.

Stony Brook WLAX Beats Florida 12-11 for First Top-10 Win

by Eden Otero | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Stony Brook's athletes wear sweatshirts that display the team's mantra: PPW – an acronym that is beginning to define the team's season.
It stands for "Prove People Wrong," and that's just what No. 13 Stony Brook (6-0) did when it faced off against No. 8 Florida (6-4) on Tuesday night in its 12-11 win over the Gators - its first ever over a Top 10 team.
"For us, as a program, we needed a defining moment," said Seawolves head coach Joe Spallina. "Beating Notre Dame was a step and this was a different step. That team (Florida) beat us 14-1 last year and I reminded our kids about that game and our effort every day and all through practices because it's something that stuck with us. They played at our place in front of a big crowd and they ran it up on us pretty good."
For Florida, the loss marked its third consecutive loss in just a week – it's only the second time Florida has gone 0-3 in the programs short history – but for Stony Brook it was a mountain the team has hoped to conquer since it first faced Florida four years ago.

Shannon Gilroy had two goals and four assists, but the Gators fell victim to Stony Brook's methodical pace and couldn't rally to tie late. (Jim Burgess)

Going into the game Tuesday, Stony Brook was 0-3 in the series, a stat that helped fuel the team to a hard fought win.
Freshman Kylie Ohlmiller put in a star performance to fuel the Seawolves, scoring five goals and adding an assist. Spallina said Ohlmiller's ability to balance the field was what made her such an asset in the game.
"She (Ohlmiller) gives us another big time scorer on that left side," Spallina said. "The things she can do on that side kind of just changes the games. She kind of takes what the other teams give her She might have five this game, but last game she had five helpers. That's just what great ones (athletes) do."
Behind Ohlmiller was Courtney Murphy, who finished the night with three goals and one ground ball.
Florida coach Amanda O'Leary said Ohlmiller and Murphy took advantage of the Gators defense breaking down on transitions – an issue that has plagued the Florida team since the start of the season.
"We need to take care of the fundamentals," O'Leary said. "That needs to be turnovers, it needs to be draw controls, it needs to be 50/50 balls. I just felt like the draws could have gone either way, but again I think the things we can fix at this moment, we need to take care of."
But even as Florida struggled, the Gators managed to keep up.
Sophomore Mollie Stevens led Florida with three goals and an assist, while senior Nora Barry also picked up three goals, but added two ground balls and one caused turnover for the night.
Senior Shannon Gilroy, who entered averaging over three scores a game, scored twice and added four assists, but came up empty in a late possession where the Gators could have knotted the score, airing a pass in the final three minutes that gave Stony Brook the opportunity to burn clock and earn the win.
"You're going to have your off days, and unfortunately today we had a really off day, but this is something we need to learn from," Gilroy said. "We need to look at film and figure out what's going on because we can't have this going forward."
Stony Brook's game plan and methodical, patient offense were Florida's biggest enemies in the match up. With a lull-them-to-sleep-style offense, Stony Brook was able to break down Florida's defense over and over.
For Stony Brook, it was the step in the right direction, and momentum that will most likely feed the team heading into its match up against its first conference opponent New Hampshire.
For Florida, it was a learning experience, one that could potentially cost the Gators its season.
"I think this was a really big wake up call for us," Gilroy said. "I think we need to learn a lot from this. We've said that in past games that we've lost, but I think right now it's a gut check. ... It's like end all be all right now, I mean, these are huge games."

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Albany edges #Seawolves 51-50

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Albany, N.Y. - Juniors Carson Puriefoy(Wenonah, N.J.) and Jameel Warney(Plainfield, N.J.) combined for 43 points, but Peter Hooley's three with 1.6 seconds left lifted Albany to a 51-50 win over Stony Brook in the America East Championship game.

Warney accounted for his nation-leading 23rd double double and Puriefoy finished with at least 20 points for the seventh time this season.

Junior Scott King (Derry, N.H.) had four points and sophomore Kameron Mitchell(Jacksonville, Fla.) added three to round out the scoring for Stony Brook (23-11).

Sam Rowley had 14 points, but shot only 6-for-21 from the floor. Evan Singletary totaled 11. Hooley's three late in the second half was Albany's (24-8) only one from behind the arc.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"To their credit, Albany made one more play than we did today. I wouldn't trade this team whatsoever. They've been resilient. It's hard to get back to this game. A lot of teams in America would love to be in the Championship every year. We'll get together and start preparing for next season Monday."

Key Moment
Stony Brook led by as many as eight, 41-33, with six minutes to go in regulation. The Seawolves led 50-48 with under 10 seconds left. Ray Sanders missed a short jumper and the rebound came to Hooley, who made the shot to give Albany its first lead since 16-15.

By The Numbers
• Warney missed his first three shots, but made eight of his final 10.
• Puriefoy made four of Stony Brook's six three pointers.
• Albany outrebounded Stony Brook, 41-38.
• Stony Brook led Albany, 20-16, at halftime.

 News & Notes
• Stony Brook held Albany to its two worst shooting percentages this season. The Great Danes were 19 of 61 (.311) after shooting 20-for-60 in the previous meeting.
• Warney is over 600 field goals made for his career.
• Stony Brook has reached the America East Championship game four times. It was its second straight appearance in the title game.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

#Seawolves hold off Vermont 79-77 in America East Semifinals

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Stony Brook men's basketball team rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit and held off Vermont, 79-77, to advance to the America East Championship game against Albany next Saturday.

The Seawolves will play in their second straight America East Championship game and third in the last four years.

Stony Brook (23-10), which is on an eight-game winning streak, had four players score in double figures, led by junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.), who led all players with 24 points and 14 rebounds.

Freshman Deshaun Thrower (Muskegon, Mich.) scored a career-high 18 points, shooting 5-for-10 from the field, 3-for-4 from three, and 5-for-5 from the line. Thrower had 16 of his 18 in the second half.

Junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) tallied 17 points, including 15 in the second half.

The Seawolves scored a season-high 50 points in the second half.

Junior Rayshaun McGrew (Chicago, Ill.) had 12 points.

Hector Harold totaled 17 points for Vermont (18-13). Ethan O'Day added 14 points.

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"Vermont made some great shots in the first half.  All I told our guys was to play defense and we'll get back in this.  We've been down against Columbia and Washington.  We made adjustments on [Hector] Harold in the second half.  We overcame some obstacles and beat a quality basketball team.  I'm so proud of Deshaun Thrower.  In games like these, you need another guy to step up.  He was so good for us today.  We made the stops we needed to."

Turning Point
Stony Brook trailed by double digits for the majority of the first half.  A pair of free throws from Trae Bell-Haynes gave Vermont its second 16-point lead of the first half.  Two layups from McGrew cut the deficit to 41-29 at halftime.  The Seawolves slowly but surely crept.  The Catamounts upped their lead to 45-34 with 18:21left, but SBU made its run, scoring on 12 of the next 13 possessions over a nine-minute stretch, turning the deficit into a 64-53 lead after Thrower's three with 9:09 to play.

Vermont, which never regained the lead, tied the game at 71 on Kurt Steidl's three pointer with just over three minutes left.  Warney's jump hook made it 73-71 and McGrew's tip of Warney's miss gave Stony Brook a 75-71 lead with 1:26 to play.

Stony Brook led 79-77 with three seconds left, but a jump ball led to possession for Vermont.  O'Day's fall-away jumper was tipped by Warney and the Seawolves held on for the win.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook shot 17 of 31 (.548) from the field in the second half after a 10-for-30 first half.
• Vermont shot 11-for-28 in the second half after a 14-for-27 first half.
• Warney went 11-for-17 from the field.  It was his eighth career game with at least 10 field goals, sixth this season and third out of the last four.
• The Seawolves outrebounded the Catamounts, 42-29.
• Stony Brook was 19 of 25 from the free throw line.
• Warney added five blocks and three assists.
• Harold had only four points in the second half.
• Stony Brook made five of its six threes in the second half.

News & Notes
• Stony Brook is 12-4 when McGrew scores in double figures this season.
• The Seawolves are 16-3 when three players reach double figures and 8-1 when four players get to double digits.
• Warney accounted for his nation-leading 22nd double-double of the season.  His 541 points this season are a Division I program single-season high.
• Today's victory was Stony Brook's second in Burlington in 15 games.
• The eight-game winning streak is Stony Brook's second longest since joining Division I

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Comeback falls just short for Stony Brook in quarterfinal loss to UMBC, 49-47

Vestal, N.Y. -- The No. 3 Stony Brook women's basketball team erased a double-digit second-half deficit and evened the score at 45-45 on a putback by sophomoreKori Bayne-Walker with 12 seconds left, but a Taylor McCarley jump shot with four seconds on the clock sent No. 6 UMBC to a 49-47 win Saturday night in the America East Quarterfinals.

Bayne-Walker led all scorers with 21 points, including 17 in the second half, for Stony Brook (17-13). Sophomore Christa Scognamiglio added 11 points, and seniorJessica Ogunnorin tallied 10 points and 10 boards.

UMBC improved to 12-18 on the season and will play No. 2 Albany in Sunday's semifinal.

Head Coach Caroline McCombs' Reaction

On the game

"UMBC played a great game. They had a great game plan. They deserved to win tonight."

On seniors Sabre Proctor and Jessica Ogunnorin

It was tough to see Sabre go down. Jess plays so hard at all times she's on the court. I'm proud of their efforts throughout the entire season and their leadership on the court."

Turning Point

Playing without two-time first-team all-conference selection Sabre Proctor, who went down with a knee injury with three seconds left in the first half, the Seawolves found themselves in a 45-35 hole when Capree Garner knocked down a jumper at 5:45 of the second half.

Stony Brook chipped away, scoring seven unanswered points and pulling to within 45-42 on a Bayne-Walker jump shot with 2:49 left.

Bayne-Walker fouled LizMcNaughton as she attempted a triple, and McNaughton went 2-for-3 from the stripe to put UMBC in front by five, 47-42, at the 2:02 mark. However, Scognamiglio answered with a 3-pointer on the other end to cut the deficit to two, 47-45.

With the score the same and 12 seconds on the clock,Bayne-Walker cleaned up her own miss and evened the score at 45-45, but McCarley sank a jumper with four seconds left and Bayne-Walker's heave at the buzzer was off the mark.

Inside the Numbers

Each team grabbed 35 rebounds. Scognamiglio and Bayne-Walker recorded six rebounds apiece.UMBC shot 40.4 percent (19-for-47) for the game and held the Seawolves to 28.6 percent (16-for-56).The Retrievers were 1-for-3 from long-range, and Stony Brook was 5-for-25.SBU was 10-for-12 at the charity stipe, and UMBC sank 10 of 14 free throws. Bayne-Walker hit all five of her free throws.

News and Notes

Stony Brook is 15-13 all-time vs. UMBC and 8-14 in the America East Championship.Ogunnorin's double-double was her second of the season. She reached double-figure rebounds for the team-high seventh game.Bayne-Walker led the Seawolves in scoring for the seventh time this season and in assists for the 25th time. She posted her 19th double-digit scoring effort.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Stony Brook turns back upset bid by Binghamton

By GREG LOGAN  greg.logan@newsday.com


For a nanosecond, it seemed Stony Brook's litany of maddening March misery was about to grow by one more disappointing America East Tournament result. Binghamton's Justin McFadden was open when he fired a potential tying three-pointer from the top of the arc that went in and back out with 28 seconds left Wednesday night at Island FCU Arena.

"It was a little frightening,'' Seawolves point guard Carson Puriefoy III admitted. "But if he had made it, we'd come back down and get a good one up. I was confident in our guys.''

As shaky as it might have been, Stony Brook pulled out a 62-57 cliffhanger in front of 3,289 fans. The victory sends the Seawolves (22-10) north for a Sunday semifinal in Burlington with second-seeded Vermont (18-12), which blew out UMBC, 66-39, in its quarterfinal. New Hampshire (19-11) is at Albany (22-8) in the other semifinal.

"We're on a seven-game winning streak,'' coach Steve Pikiell said after the close call against the Bearcats (6-26). "You're playing a dangerous team. It was a challenging game. I told our guys, 'This will be the hardest 40 minutes you play.' ''

It was every bit of that. Stony Brook endured one of the shooting droughts that characterized its home playoff games in the America East final last season and in 2012, going 0-for-12 in one stretch of a first half that ended with Binghamton holding a 25-23 lead.

"Offense is the most inconsistent part of the game,'' Puriefoy said. "Our players rely on defense. We're a great defensive team. We kept it close.''

Early in the second half, the Seawolves turned up the defensive heat, going on a 14-0 run for their biggest lead at 41-30. Binghamton shot 1-for-6 during that stretch with four of its 17 turnovers.

"We don't really go for steals, but they come to us if we're in the right spots,'' Puriefoy said.

That spurt was a big reason SBU finished with a 17-7 edge in points off turnovers. Scott King came off the bench to keep that run going with a three-pointer, followed by an alley-oop dunk off a lob from Kam Mitchell.

Warney admitted he struggles against Binghamton's 2-3 zone, but he had 11 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals. McGrew totaled 14 points and eight rebounds, and Puriefoy added 14 points and five assists. Willie Rodriguez (19 points) led a Binghamton comeback that made it a one-possession game inside the final two minutes.


But in the end, all that mattered to the Seawolves was the "W'' that allows them to advance to Vermont, which swept the season series, including a comeback from 17 points down on Feb. 7 at Stony Brook.

"We can play with any team in this league,'' Pikiell said. "Nothing is easy for us. We'll go on the road to a tough place and be ready to play.''

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Stony Brook topped Hartford, 74-59, Saturday night at Chase Family Arena in the regular-season finale.

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. - Junior Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) tied a career-high with 32 points and junior Carson Puriefoy (Wenonah, N.J.) finished with 22 as the Stony Brook men's basketball team topped Hartford, 74-59, Saturday night at Chase Family Arena in the regular-season finale.

Warney shot 13 of 17 from the field and 6 of 9 from the free throw line, posting his second career 30-point game.

Warney's 13 field goals tied a career-high set at Detroit last season. He also tied a season-high with 18 rebounds.

Puriefoy, who entered the game with 984 career points, tallied his 1,000th career point on a layup with 10:19 left in regulation.

The 54 combined points scored by Warney and Puriefoy were the most since the duo enrolled at Stony Brook (21-10, 12-4 America East).

Corban Wroe had 17 points for Hartford (14-15, 7-9).

Quotes . . .
Steve Pikiell
"We played hard and we played good defense. Luckily for us, we had the big guy [Jameel Warney] going good for us tonight. He was locked in the whole night. 32 points and 18 rebounds are numbers you don't see too often. There was a lot of emotion in the building tonightwith Hartford honoring its senior class. I'm pleased with our effort and our intensity heading into Wednesday."

Jameel Warney
"I had my shot blocked twice to start the game. It told me that I needed to be more aggressive. Once I got into that zone, I felt like once the ball came my way, I was determined to score. Tre [Carson Puriefoy] was great for us. It was nice to see the two of us be able to lead going into the playoffs."

Key Moment
Stony Brook outscored Hartford, 18-5, to start the game and held the Hawks without a basket for a stretch of nearly 10 minutes before Wroe's three with 7:51 left in the first half. The Seawolves biggest lead was 25 after the layup that gave Puriefoy his 1,000-career point.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook shot 15 of 30 compared to Hartford's 7-for-29 output in the first half.
• The Seawolves scored 40 points in a half for the eighth time this season.
• Warney's other 18-rebound effort came at Canisius in December.
• Stony Brook accounted for 13 assists. The Seawolves have recorded more assists than turnovers in five straight games.
• The Seawolves have posted a winning streak of six games for a third straight season.

News & Notes
• Warney's 32-point, 21-rebound effort at Detroit last season was a triple-overtime game.
• Hartford made 7 of its first 29 shots and had more free throws (9) than field goals in the first half.
• Warney has scored 10 points or more in nine straight games.
• Warney accounted for his nation-leading 20th double-double of the season.
• Stony Brook has won five straight against Hartford and 14 out of the last 15.
• Warney is the third player in the program's Division I history with 1,400 career points.

Up Next
No. 3 Stony Brook will host No. 6 Binghamton on Wednesday, March 4 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit StonyBrookAthletics.com or call (631) 632-WOLF