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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stony Brook well-grounded in easy win over AIC

By Greg Logan, Newsday
It was the kind of rain-soaked night at LaValle Stadium that was fit for neither man nor beast, but the weather conditions were perfect for Stony Brook to get back to what it does best -- run the football.
The Seawolves totaled 300 yards rushing and got 100-yard games from Stacey Bedell and James Kenner on their way to a 20-3 victory over American International on Saturday night.
The rain rendered the quarterback rotation between John Kinder and Conor Bednarski a footnote as the passing game produced a mere 26 yards, but it refreshed the running game and an offense that produced only 19 points in two opening losses.
Bedell broke a 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to ignite the offense. When he limped off the field with a minor third-quarter injury, he had 130 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 carries.
Kenner, who had languished at No. 4 on the depth chart after leading the Seawolves (1-2) in rushing last season, came off the bench to carry 10 times for 102 yards and a touchdown.
It was the most rushing yards by the Seawolves since they totaled 263 yards in an FCS playoff win over Villanova on Nov. 24, 2012, and the first time they had two running backs with 100 yards in the same game since then. Bedell's 72-yard touchdown was the fifth-longest in the school's Division I history and the longest run since a 71-yard TD by Miguel Maysonet on Sept. 15, 2012, at Syracuse.
"That's the first time in a long time," coach Chuck Priore said of the rushing outburst. "We didn't have one of those games last year."
Speaking of Bedell's run, Priore added: "That's the spark you look for and that you expect of our running game . . . We played our brand of football."
Division II American International (1-1) actually moved the ball effectively in the first quarter, but after reaching the Seawolves' 12-yard line on one possession, running back Adam Salvadori lost 10 yards on three runs before Jared Hulsey missed a 40-yard field-goal attempt wide right.
That defensive sequence was typical for the Seawolves on a night when they threw the Yellow Jackets for losses 16 times, including five sacks. Rover Christian Ricard, who had three tackles for losses, including one sack, said: "Hats off to AIC. They came out swinging. That was one of the most physical games I've played."
But Bedell finally broke it open on a first-down play when he swept right and won a 72-yard race to the end zone.
"It was great to find our identity," Bedell said of the run game. "[AIC] was shooting rushers in the gaps, and I bounced it outside and got a block from the wide receiver. I was confident I could get to the end zone, but it had been a long time since I ran that long."
The next AIC drive ended when safety Naim Cheeseboro made a diving interception at the Yellow Jackets' 43-yard line. The Seawolves actually stalled on a third-down incompletion at the AIC 6-yard line, but a pass-interference penalty put the ball at the 2, setting up another scoring run by Bedell for a 14-0 halftime lead.
In the third quarter, a Priore faux pas helped the Jackets to their only score. He was called for unsportsmanlike conduct with AIC facing fourth-and-18 from its 20-yard line, leading to an automatic first down. Two plays later, AIC quarterback Shawn Brathwaite hit Stephan Davis for a 62-yard gain before he was run down by Ricard. Jared Hulsey converted a 23-yard field goal.
"I own those three points," a chagrined Priore said after the game.
But the Seawolves put the game out of reach by driving 81 yards to score on Kenner's 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. He carried four times for 52 yards on the drive, including a 30-yard run.
"At Stony Brook, we have so many talented running backs," Kenner said. "All I tried to do was stay focused and stay hungry."
When his chance came, Kenner was ready to run.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#Seawolves defense shines in loss to Connecticut

East Hartford, Conn. -
Despite holding Connecticut to 223 yards of total offense, the Stony Brook football team fell to the Huskies, 19-16, before 23,543 fans at Rentschler Field Saturday.

Stony Brook (0-2) rallied from a 19-10 deficit to cut it to 19-16 after junior Conor Bednarski (South Pasadena, Calif.) found senior Will Tye (Middletown, Conn.) wide open in the end zone with 1:53 to play.

The Seawolves forced a three-and-out on UConn's next drive.  On the fourth down, Justin Wain's punt went two yards, but Stony Brook was called for a roughing the kicker penalty.  The Huskies next attempt pinned the Seawolves inside the 10, where Connecticut forced a turnover on downs.

Down 3-0 midway through the first quarter, senior Max Martinez (Wichita, Kan.) hit Connecticut (1-1) running back Josh Marriner, whose fumble was recovered in the end zone by junior Naim Cheeseboro(King of Prussia, Pa.).
Once again, Stony Brook's defense came to play.  UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer's pass slipped out of his hands and the ball was pounced on by sophomore Aaron Thompson (Deer Park, N.Y.).  Sophomore Przemyslaw Popek (Yonkers, N.Y.) connected for a 33-yard field goal to make it 10-3.
Connecticut took a 12-10 lead after Whitmer hit Geremy Davis in the back of the end zone with 1:51 to play in the first half.  Thompson blocked the extra point as Stony Brook trailed by less than a field goal.
Senior Luke Allen (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) career-long punt of 61 yards was returned 72 yards for a touchdown by Deshon Foxx for a 19-10 lead.

Connecticut accounted for only 79 second-half yards, with 32 coming on the ground.

Stony Brook has 12 tackles for loss, led by senior Christian Ricard's (Spencer, Mass.) 3.5, including two sacks.
Scoring Drives
• UC Puyol 42 yd field goal, 5-42, 2:16, 0-3
• SBU Cheeseboro 2 yard fumble recovery (Popek kick), 7-3
• SBU Popek 33 yd field goal, 4-4, 2:02, 10-3
• UC Puyol 27 yd field goal, 11-55, 5:29, 10-6
• UC Davis 30 yd pass from Whitmer (Puyol kick blocked), 4-30, 4-70, 10-12
• UC Foxx 72 yd punt return (Puyol kick), 10-19
• SBU Tye 14 yd pass from Bednarski (Popek kick failed), 14-88, 5:46, 16-19
Head Coach Chuck Priore - "Great all-around effort.  We certainly had our chances and I'm disappointed we didn't win the game.  I thought it was ours to win a number of times over the course of the game.  But we got better this week, but it's a loss."

Jr. DB Naim Cheeseboro - "Our defense was flying to the ball like ball hawks.  There is always things we can get better at."

Jr. QB Conor Bednarski - "I was able to get into a rhythm with the guys and executed the plays the coaches called.  It was good to get into the end zone but we needed one more when it counted."

Sr. TE Will Tye - "I was ready to be playmaker.  With that, I need to be more consistent.  There is plenty of room of improvement and we showed it in the second game."   
News & Notes
• With the first-quarter touchdown, Stony Brook has led in six of its seven FBS games.
• Popek registered the first points of his career.
• Thompson and Cheeseboro each recorded their first career fumble recoveries.
• In its seven games against FBS opponents, Stony Brook trailed at halftime in four of the contests.
• Stony Brook (0 of 7) and Connecticut combined for 1 of 14 on third-down conversions in the first half.
• Stony Brook accounted for two first downs in the first half.
• Allen has punted 21 times in the last two games.
• The last time Stony Brook allowed a punt return for touchdown was Elon's Karlos Sullivan (81 yards) on September 6, 2008.
• The Seawolves totaled more yards in the third quarter (107) than in the first two quarters (84).
• Stony Brook is 1-6 all-time against FBS opponents.
• Bednarski finished 8 of 19 for 128 yards and a touchdown.  Senior John Kinder (Inwood, N.Y.) was 4 of 10 for 68 yards.
• Tye led the Stony Brook receiving corps with 76 yards.  Seniors Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.) and Jahrie Level (Miami, Fla.) each totaled 50 yards.
• Sophomore Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) had 53 rushing yards on 15 attempts.
Up Next
Stony Brook returns home to face American International, a 27-25 winner over Assumption in its season opener, of the Northeast-10 Conference on Saturday, September 13.  Kickoff is 6 p.m.  To purchase tickets, visit GoSeawolves.org or call (631) 632-WOLF. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

#Seawolves MBB announce heavily anticipated 2014-15 schedule


Stony Brook, N.Y. -
 A challenging schedule filled with opponents coming off postseason appearances awaits the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, which released its 2014-15 slate on Friday. The #Seawolves will host six non-conference games at its brand new home, Stony Brook Arena, including Nov. 14 against Columbia, which will serve as the grand re-opening of the facility. The 15-game non-conference schedule also features games against 10 different conferences, including the American, Big East, Pac-12 and SEC, and an appearance in the NIT Season-Tip Off.
“This will be the toughest schedule we have ever faced,” said #Seawolves head coach Steve Pikiell. “Our schedule has multiple teams that won 20 games last season and many of them return the bulk of their starters. They also have a ton of postseason experience, making them battle-tested. This will be a challenge for our young team, but our goals are to compete, get better and get ready for the America East regular season and tournament.”
Nine of Stony Brook’s 15 non-conference games will be against opponents who won 20 or more games last season, and all but one of those teams advanced to national postseason tournaments. In total, Stony Brook’s Div. I non-conference opponents had a .564 winning percentage and four national postseason victories last season. The diversity of the schedule is paramount as the #Seawolves will play opponents across 10 different Div. I conferences, including the American, Big East, CAA, Conference USA, Ivy, MAAC, NEC, Pac-12, Patriot and SEC.


After opening the season against Columbia, which won 21 games and advanced to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament quarterfinals, the #Seawolves will begin their participation in the NIT Season Tip-Off with a Nov. 18 matchup at Georgia of the SEC. The Bulldogs were a 20-win team a year ago and picked up a win in the NIT first round. 

Stony Brook will then head to Hempstead, N.Y., on Nov. 21 to renew its rivalry with fellow Long Island school Hofstra as the two programs meet on the hardwood for the first time since Dec. 10, 2008. Two days later on Nov. 23, in what will be a homecoming for one individual, Stony Brook will host the United States Merchant Marine Academy. At the helm of the Mariners is Steve Hayn, who played for Stony Brook from 1988-91, scored 1,157 career points and helped lead the program to the 1991 NCAA Div. III Tournament.
The #Seawolves will then resume NIT Season Tip-Off action with three games during Thanksgiving week. On Nov. 25, Stony Brook will host Western Kentucky, which won 20 games last season and is now a member of Conference USA. Two days later on Thanksgiving Day Nov. 27, the #Seawolves will face LIU-Brooklyn at Madison Square Garden, the second consecutive year and third time in the last four years that the program will play at The World’s Most Famous Arena. The game will air on ESPNU. Closing out the NIT Season Tip-Off action is a Nov. 29 home game against St. Thomas Aquinas.
Stony Brook will open December with four consecutive road contests that will challenge the young #Seawolves squad. On Dec. 2, the team travels to Cincinnati to face a Bearcats squad that won 27 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. Then on Dec. 6, the #Seawolves play at Princeton, which won 21 games and advanced to the quarterfinals of the College Basketball Invitational last year.
On Dec. 13, Stony Brook faces another NCAA Tournament squad in Providence as the Friars won 23 games a year ago. The team squares up against Canisius in Buffalo on Dec. 18 against a Golden Griffins group that won 21 games and made an appearance in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Stony Brook closes out December with home games against Patriot League foes Loyola Maryland (Dec. 21) and American (Dec. 23) before heading out west to play Pac-12 member Washington (Dec. 28) in Seattle.
Stony Brook will play its final non-conference game of the year on Jan. 6 against Columbia, but this time in Manhattan. 
The #Seawolves will play a 16-game, round-robin America East schedule that begins Jan. 3 at home against New Hampshire. Other home games include UMBC (Jan. 14), a re-match with defending conference champion Albany (Jan. 19), Hartford (Jan. 28), Vermont (Feb. 7), Maine (Feb. 14), Binghamton (Feb. 21) and UMass Lowell (Feb. 25).
The America East Championship has moved to a new format and will now be known as the America East Men’s Basketball Playoffs. All games of the eight-team tournament will take place on the campus of the higher seed. The quarterfinals will take place March 4, the semifinals will be played March 8 and the championship game will occur on March 14.
2014-15 MBB Schedule

Monday, September 1, 2014

JUST IN: Tropeano gets called up to Astros!


Stony Brook, N.Y. -
 Former Stony Brook baseball All-American Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) is headed to the big leagues as his contract has been selected by the Houston Astros, making him the third #Seawolves player all-time to be on an active Major League roster. Tropeano will be active for Tuesday night's home game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Tropeano joins Joe Nathan '97 and Tom Koehler '08 as Stony Brook Baseball alumni in the Majors and all three are active. Nathan, a six-time MLB All-Star, pitches for the Detroit Tigers, and Koehler pitches for the Miami Marlins.
This season, Tropeano has been stellar pitching for the Oklahoma City Redhawks of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), boasting a 9-5 record and a PCL-best 3.03 ERA with 120 strikeouts in 124-2/3 innings. He also led the PCL with a 0.99 WHIP. At midseason, he was named to the PCL All-Star Game.
Originally a fifth-round selection by the Astros in the 2011 MLB Draft, Tropeano has worked his way up the ranks in the Minor Leagues. After starting in Short-Season A in 2011, he moved up to A ball in 2012 and then AA ball in 2013 before pitching this entire year in AAA. In 90 career Minor League outings, Tropeano is 31-24 with a 3.26 ERA and 479 strikeouts in 469-2/3 innings.
Tropeano was one of the most dominant pitchers in Stony Brook history. In just three seasons of action with the #Seawolves, he ranks in the top five in program history in wins (25), strikeouts (275), ERA (2.84) and innings pitched (250-2/3). He is the only pitcher in America East history to be named America East Pitcher of the Year twice, earning the award in 2010 and 2011. 

Tropeano's 2011 season also ranks as one of the most decorated in conference and school history as he went 12-1 with a 1.84 ERA, setting America East single-season records in wins and strikeouts (119). He ranked seventh in the nation in wins and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.52), going on to earn All-America honors from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron during WUSB #Seawolves Football game - 8/28/14

Friday, August 29, 2014

Seawolves, new QB John Kinder sputter in season-opening loss to Bryant


For most of the previous four years, John Kinder was a spectator on the Syracuse sideline, and last season, he even moved from quarterback to wide receiver in practice. So after just one summer training camp, it was asking a lot for him to take charge of Stony Brook's offense and to produce immediate dividends.

With the exception of one highlight-reel touchdown pass, Kinder struggled Thursday night, and so did the Seawolves' offense in a disappointing 13-7 season-opening loss to Bryant in front of a LaValle Stadium crowd of 10,252, third largest in school history.

Stony Brook's usually prolific attack produced only 186 yards of total offense and a mere eight first downs. Kinder completed only 7 of 18 passes for 101 yards and was sacked four times for 37 yards in losses. He threw two interceptions, including one on fourth-and-4 at the Bryant 40- yard line that was returned 29 yards by the Bulldogs' Sebastien Amedee with just over four minutes left.

That sealed the fate of the Seawolves, who got 116 yards rushing on 27 carries by former William Floyd star Stacey Bedell. He started in place of Marcus Coker, who was serving a one-game suspension.

SBU's defense was outstanding, allowing 233 yards and 11 first downs and getting 12 tackles each from rover Christian Ricard and linebacker Jeremy Leggiero.


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Kinder couldn't rekindle much that was reminiscent of his athletic exploits at Lawrence High School. "I guess it was difficult to get back in the swing of things," he said. "It was a rough night. There were a few things I'd like to have back, like the interceptions. You can't have turnovers."

Kinder's only action for the Orange came in four games on special teams, and the rust showed when his first two drives ended with third-down sacks. Gifted with good field position, Bryant came away from its first two possessions with field goals of 32 and 27 yards by Tom Aliberti for a 6-0 lead.

The Seawolves didn't manage their initial first down until early in the second quarter on a 7-yard run by Bedell to the Bulldogs' 37. Three plays later, Kinder threw an end-zone interception to cornerback Bobby Rutland.

The Seawolves' defense minimized the damage by forcing a three-and-out series, and Stony Brook took over at its 39. Nine seconds later, the Seawolves were celebrating. Kinder connected on a lightning strike to wide-open wide receiver Adrian Coxson down the middle for a 61-yard touchdown and a sudden 7-6 lead with 8:22 left in the first half. "That was my first college TD, so it felt great," Kinder said. "But I'd rather have the win."

Stony Brook's defense might have made that lead stand up, but on fourth-and-9, Easton completed the go-ahead 37-yard TD pass to Chad Ward midway through the third quarter. Redshirt freshman cornerback Marvin Hart, subbing for a starter who had cramps, fell on the play.

Stony Brook got no deeper than the Bryant 37 in the second half. Coach Chuck Priore credited Bryant for changing its defensive scheme to confuse Kinder. "They did things defensively that took away the passing game we had planned," he said. "They were 100 percent different than the way they were on film. We threw the game plan in the garbage at halftime. We had to change every blocking scheme."

If nothing else, the Seawolves know what must be fixed.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Stony Brook Men's Basketball welcomes Jakub Petras to 2014-15 team

Stony Brook Men's Basketball welcomes Jakub Petras to 2014-15 team via Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Jakub Petras (Rajec, Slovakia), a 6-11, 250-pound center, has joined the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, completing the 2014-15 #Seawolves roster and giving the squad a presence on both ends of the floor, head coach Steve Pikiell announced Thursday.

“Jakub is a very talented big man who will fit in well with what we are trying to do as a team,” Pikiell said. “He is skilled both offensively and defensively, and what I really like about him is that he is a good and likable young man who will thrive at Stony Brook. He will be a valuable addition to our team both on and off the court.”

Petras previously played one year of basketball at the Canarias Basketball Academy, long considered the best basketball academy in Europe, located on the island of Gran Canaria, which is part of the Canary Islands. With the addition of Petras, the basketball academy has seen a dozen of its players advance to a NCAA Div. I school this year. Prior to joining Canarias, Petras played club basketball back in Slovakia with IMC Povazska Bystrica, helping the team to two runner-up finishes in the Slovakian National Championship. He was named Player of the Future for his efforts.

Petras also has international experience as a member of the Slovakian U16 and U18 national teams. He appeared in 17 international competitions over two seasons of play in International Basketball Federation (FIBA) sponsored events. This year Petras was on the preliminary pool roster and was one of the final cuts for the Slovakian Men’s A national team that was putting together a roster for the qualification stage of the 2015 European Basketball Championship.

“Jakub is a terrific young man who will be a great addition to Stony Brook,” said Rob Orellana, the director of the Canarias Basketball Academy. “He is very skilled and, here at Canarias, he has had the opportunity to play against high-level basketball players, who have gone on to play NCAA Div. I basketball. He should do very well at Stony Brook and in the America East.”

Petras joins a Stony Brook squad that will return seven letterwinners and one redshirting freshman from last season’s team that won 23 games and advanced to the America East Championship final and earned a national postseason bid into the College Basketball Invitational. Leading the group of returners are 2014 America East Player of the Year Jameel Warney and 2014 All-America East second-team guard Carson Puriefoy. Petras joins an incredibly strong freshman class that also features Bryan Sekunda, Tyrell Sturdivant and Deshaun Thrower.

Friday, August 15, 2014

WUSB Sports Radio will broadcast eight Stony Brook Football games in 2014

Stony Brook, N.Y. -  WUSB 90.1 FM - the longtime broadcast home of Stony Brook University is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014 Stony Brook Football Broadcast schedule...

Veteran WUSB Broadcaster and #Seawolves alum Jeffrey Bernstein '92 will handle the Play-By-Play duties, along with newcomer Joe Soccoa as our analyst...

WUSB will broadcast eight football games, which begins on Thursday night August 28th as the #Seawolves host Bryant at 6:45 p.m...All games on WUSB can be heard on 90.1 FM, www.wusb.fm/sports and on the TuneIn (WUSB) app for free...

#Seawolves Sports Weekly will return for it's second-season on WUSB -  Sunday night at 10 p.m. starting August 31st... The hour-long show will feature Stony Brook Athletics players coaches and administration, with game-recaps and previews of #Seawolves games...SSW will run every Sunday throughout the #Seawolves season...

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28-Aug THR. BRYANT 6:45 p.m. FB
6-Sep SAT. at UCONN 11:45 a.m. FB
13-Sep SAT. AIC 5:45 p.m. FB
11-Oct SAT. MAINE 6:45 p.m. FB
8-Nov SAT. JMU 12:45 p.m. FB
15-Nov SAT. URI 12:45 p.m. FB
22-Nov SAT. at UAlbany 3:15 p.m. FB
* subject to change