Friday, April 24, 2015

Robison's OT goal lifts Stony Brook past Hartford, 9-8

Seawolves win second straight overtime game

West Hartford, Conn. - (SBU Athletics)
Freshman Matt Robison (Franklin Square, N.Y.) was the unlikely hero Friday night as his overtime goal with 1:10 left lifted the No. 19 Stony Brook men's lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Hartford.

Robison, a defensive midfielder, scored off a feed from junior Dylan Curry (East Meadow, N.Y.) in transition to give the Seawolves their second straight overtime victory.

Stony Brook (12-4, 5-1 America East) didn't allow goal in the second half and outscored the Hawks, 5-0, in the final 39:04 of the game.

Senior Mike Rooney (East Islip, N.Y.) was outstanding again, tallying four goals and three assists. He scored or assisted on Stony Brook's first seven goals.

Sophomore Ryan Bitzer (Riverhead, N.Y.) scored the game-tying goal with 1:07 left in regulation.

Junior Challen Rogers (Coquitlam, British Columbia) scored two goals and added an assist.

Kevin O'Shea had four goals for Hartford (7-7, 3-2).

Quotes . . .
Jim Nagle
"We've continued to work on getting up field and pushing transition without the ball. After the ball approached the mid-line, the guys did such a good job of not panicking. Matt [Robison] controlled the goalie and got off a great shot."

"We've dealt with injuries lately, and it seems like every time a guy goes down, another steps up. Really proud of the poise we showed."

Matt Robison
"I'm following the ball from behind as it gets to the mid-line. I saw there was a big scrum so I work my way to the outside. Rooney gets the ball to Curry and I crash the back-side pipe. Curry finds me and one fake later, it goes in."

Dylan Curry
"I saw the ball make its way to the mid-line. I was trailing the play and Rooney got a great ground ball and passed it to me. I tried to draw a man and get the ball to Brody [Eastwood] on the pipe, but I heard Matt calling for the ball and I found him and he scored. I told Challen [Rogers] at halftime that we're gonna get our defense in line and to keep scoring goals."

Key Moments
Stony Brook earned possession after Hartford moved early on the draw. After Stony Brook was hit with a stall warning, Bitzer's shot was saved by Vanderford. Hartford cleared, but Justin Higgins' shot attempt deflected off the right pipe, setting up the final sequence.

The Seawolves came back from their second straight 8-4 halftime deficit.

By The Numbers
· Stony Brook forced 20 Hartford turnovers.
· Sophomore Hayden Johnstone (Toronto, Ontario) was outstanding in the second half, recording four of his five saves.
· Sophomore Jeff Reh (Sound Beach, N.Y.) led the Seawolves with four ground balls.
· Hartford scored one goal in the final 44:56 of the game.
· Ryan Vanderford finished with 15 saves for Hartford.
· Rooney had two goals and two assists in the first half.
· Stony Brook was 3 of 3 on man-up opportunities in the first half.

News & Notes
· Rooney (42g, 56a) is two points away from 100 for the season.
· Rooney finished conference play with 17 goals and 34 assists.
· Stony Brook leads the all-time series, 22-7, over Hartford.
· Junior Brody Eastwood (Victoria, British Columbia) moved into a tie with Bo Tripodi '08 for seventh all-time with 151 career points.
· Stony Brook is 5-1 on the road this season.

Up Next
Stony Brook, which clinched the second seed in next week's America East Championship, will learn next Thursday's opponent after the result of Saturday's Vermont/Binghamton.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Women's Lacrosse wins at Hofstra 15-1 on the season

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - (via SBU Athletics)

Sophomore Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.) scored a game-high four goals and sophomore Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.) added three goals and two assists to lead the #6/5 (IWLCA/Media) Stony Brook women's lacrosse team past Hofstra, 12-8, Tuesday night at Shuart Stadium.

Freshman Kylie Ohlmiller (Islip, N.Y.) recorded two goals and two assists.

Junior Taylor Ranftle (Hauppauge, N.Y.) finished with a goal and an assist.

The Seawolves (15-1) extended their winning streak to four games.

Lindsay Alfano and Morgan Knox led Hofstra (10-5) with a pair of goals.

Quotes . . .
Joe Spallina
"I love this rivalry. I tried to prepare our kids for the emotion of a game like this. Tonight's win was necessary for us so that we can possibly get a high seed and host a tournament game. We showed more poise in the second half and played our type of lacrosse."

"We made of a couple of tweaks at halftime on how we were going to attack them. They were sending their slide from the middle of the field so you saw Murph [Courtney Murphy] and others get some open looks."

Courtney Murphy
"I thought we executed the game plan. It was a physical game. We like those kind of games. I think we starting to come together. We've done a good job of sticking to a one-game mentality. Everything has been working out so far."

Key Moment
Stony Brook went ahead for good on Van Dyke's first goal of the game with 2:43 left in the first half. It was the first of four straight for the Seawolves, who led 8-4 after Ranftle free-position goal with 22:22 left in the second.

Hofstra cut Stony Brook's lead to 9-6, but Ohlmiller and Van Dyke scored goals four minutes apart. The Pride cut it to three again, but sophomore Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa, N.Y.) scored on an open cage for a four-goal lead with1:35 left.

By The Numbers
• Stony Brook scored 12 goals on 21 shots.
• Murphy tallied three of her four goals in the first half.
• Stony Brook recorded six of the 10 draw controls in the first half.
• The Seawolves were 3 of 5 on free-position shots.
• Stony Brook had only two turnovers in the second half.
• Seniors Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and Marina Mestres (Medford, N.J.) had three draw controls apiece.
• Van Dyke added two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control.

News & Notes
• Hofstra leading scorer Brittain Altomare was held to a goal and an assist. 
• Murphy has posted at least three goals in the first half five times this season.
• Murphy's 53 goals are the fourth-most in a season in school history.
• Ohlmiller has tallied at least a point in all 16 games and two in 15 of 16.
• Stony Brook is 6-1 on the road this season.
• Tonight's game was the first against Hofstra since 2010. The Pride lead the series, 5-2.
• Murphy and Stony Brook assistant coach Demmianne Cook are the only players in school history with two seasons of 50+ goals.

Up Next
Stony Brook hosts UMass Lowell on Saturday, April 25 at 7 p.m. The team will honor their six seniors -- Michelle Rubino, Sarah Ehrman, Amber Kupres, Jenna Agostino, Kelly Kuerner and Marina Mestres -- prior to the game

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Senk gets 700; Seawolves win 6-4 over LIU Brooklyn

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- History was made at Joe Nathan Field on Wednesday afternoon as the Stony Brook baseball head coach Matt Senk picked up his 700th career victory in the Seawolves 6-4 win over visiting LIU Brooklyn.

The win was highlighted by another solid day on the mound for the Stony Brook (17-11) pitching staff. The group of five Seawolves that threw allowed four runs on just four hits, while striking out nine LIU Brooklyn (11-20) batters.

Junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.), junior 3B Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman 3B/1B Andruw Gazzola (Coram, N.Y.) each collected two hits at the plate. Gazzola had a two-run triple in the third inning and sophomore CF Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) had a two-run double in the sixth inning.

Quoting Head Coach Matt Senk
"It was a hard fought game. Our guys hung in there and played hard and continued to play well overall. It was a really good mid-week win of us."

"To get 700 is something that I'm extremely proud of, but the biggest reason I'm so proud is because for that to happen you have to have unbelievable backing from a university and we have that here. Our university administration, our athletic administration, all the assistant coaches that have worked with me and the hundreds and hundreds of players that have played for me makes this milestone a we thing and not a me thing. It is about all of those people and not just myself."

Turning Point

With the score tied at 3-3, LIU Brooklyn loaded the bases in the fifth inning and Stony Brook freshman Aaron Pinto (West Covina, Calif.) pitched his way out of the jam and held the Blackbirds scoreless that inning. The Seawolves then bounced back after LIU Brooklyn plated one run in the top of the sixth on a home run, to score a pair of runs on a double down the left field line by sophomore CF Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) to take the lead for good.

 - Seawolves head coach Matt Senk recorded his 700th career win on Wednesday. He owns a 700-454-3 record in his 25th season as the head coach at Stony Brook.
-  Stony Brook has won seven straight games dating back to the series finale loss to UMass Lowell on March 30. The Seawolves have also won five straight America East games.
- Junior 3B Johnny Caputo (Toronto, Ontario) has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
- Freshman RF Andruw Gazzola (Coram, N.Y.), sophomore SS Jeremy Giles (Claremont, Calif.) and junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) have each hit safely in the last five games.
- Junior RHP Tim Knesnik (Milford, Pa.) picked up his first win of the season on Wednesday. He tossed 2.0 innings and allowed one run on one hit.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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

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

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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

via Stony Brook Athletics:

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.