Sunday, October 4, 2015

Duval nets overtime goal, Seawolves down Albany 2-1

Sophomore Thibault Duval scored his first goal of the season and third goal of his career.

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sophomore Thibault Duval (Grace Hollogne, Belgium) picked a great time to score his first goal of the season, finding the back of the net with 26 seconds left in the second overtime to lead the Stony Brook men's soccer team (4-4-2, 1-0-0 AE) past Albany (5-4-1, 0-1-0) AE 2-1 in both teams' conference openers Saturday night.

Anatol's Reaction
"I am happy to get a result," said head coach Ryan Anatol. "Starting with three points is a great way to open conference play. I thought the guys did a terrific job tonight in difficult conditions. The wind made it tough to play at times but I thought our guys battled and ultimately we were the better team tonight."


The Seawolves took a 1-0 lead before Albany ever touched the ball, taking the opening kickoff and working the ball to senior Martin Giordano (Weston, Fla.). The forward cut inside and lofted a ball to the back post, beating the keeper for his fifth goal of the season just 16 seconds in the match. FreshmanBreno Lustosa (Kearney, N.J.) recorded the assist for his first career career point.Albany's Afonso Pinheiro scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 in the 12th minute, rifling a left-footed shot into the upper 90.Senior Alejandro Fritz (Budapest, Hungary) had two great chance to recapture the lead for Stony Brook in the first half. His first opportunity came on a free kick, but he curled his effort inches wide. Minutes later he got on the end of a cross from sophomore Danny Espinoza (East Meadow, N.Y.), but shot it wide.Sophomore Vince Erdei (Budapest, Hungary) took a feed from freshman Serge Gamwanya(Kinshasa, Congo) early in the second half and walked in alone on goal, but his breakaway shot was saved.Pinheiro had a chance to win the game with under seven minutes left in regulation, but shot wide from only six yards out.It appeared as though the teams would split the points until Duval found the back of the net. Sophomore Andreas Aderiye(Germantown, Md.) challenged an aerial ball, creating chaos in the opponent's box. The ball eventually squirted to Duval who buried the chance with a calm side-foot finish.Notes
Stony Brook outshot Albany 17-10 for the match and 3-1 in the overtime periods.Fritz led Stony Brook with six shots.Senior Jason Orban (Manorville, N.Y.) made three saves to improve his record to 4-4-2 on the season.Giordano set new career-highs for goals scored (5) and points (13).The Seawolves are now 2-0 in overtime games this season. They beat Marist by the same scoreline on Sep. 16.Up Next

Stony Brook looks to extend its winning streak to three games next Saturday, Oct. 10, at UMass Lowell. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

#Seawolves fall at JMU 38-20

By PHIL D'ABBRACCIO. Special to Newsday 

HARRISONBURG, Va. - Stony Brook felt the absence of running back Stacey Bedell. More noticeably, SBU also felt the presence of James Madison's offense.

The Seawolves struggled to slow down No. 6 JMU's high-flying attack and fell, 38-20, Saturday afternoon in front of 21,653 fans at Bridgeforth Stadium. The Dukes (5-0, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association) didn't quite match their season averages of 671 yards and 50.3 points per game, but they inflicted enough damage to hand Stony Brook (2-2, 1-2) its second straight conference loss.

"I think once we settled down, I think we competed well," Seawolves coach Chuck Priore said. "Certainly if we would've stayed away from the short fields and the mistakes that we made, it could've been a little different game in the fourth quarter. But I'm proud of our effort."

The Seawolves allowed 28 points in the first half and ran for only 109 yards in the game with Bedell, their top running back, sidelined with a shoulder injury.

"You want your best player," Priore said. "That being said, I think our other kids did a great job and we did some different things to try to move the ball."

Five minutes into the game, JMU running back Khalid Abdullah scored on a 16-yard run for a 7-0 lead. The Seawolves went three-and-out and James Madison followed with a 9-yard touchdown run by quarterback Vad Lee, the only CAA player who entered the day averaging more rushing yards per contest than Bedell.

After picking off SBU quarterback Joe Carbone, the Dukes needed only four plays to take a 21-0 lead. The Seawolves got on the board with an 18-yard touchdown pass from Conor Bednarski to receiver Steve Marino as the first quarter ended. But on the first possession of the second quarter, Abdullah scored to cap James Madison's fourth consecutive touchdown drive.

"They're going to get their yards and that's part of their offense," Priore said. "I think you're less worried about the yards and more worried about keeping the points to a manageable situation."

The Seawolves moved the chains only twice in the second quarter and failed to convert a fourth-and-10 from JMU's 28-yard line with 1:01 left in the first half, their last real chance to climb back into the game.

By the end of the third quarter, JMU hadn't punted and had outgained SBU 473-223. A pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Carbone made the final margin a bit more respectable. His 1-yard run capped an 18-play, 70-yard drive, and his 3-yard run concluded a 14-play, 86-yard drive.

"We knew coming in we had a big task to do and we just tried to get after it," said defensive back Tyrice Beverette, who led SBU with 14 tackles and a forced fumble. "We started getting after it at the end, but it was a little bit too late."

Saturday, September 26, 2015


The Seawolves fall to the Tribe 21-0 for first loss of the season

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Stony Brook was unable to keep their momentum from back-to-back home wins to open the season and fell at 25th-ranked William & Mary 21-0 on Saturday night at Walter J. Zable Stadium in a CAA Football game.

Quoting the Seawolves

Head coach Chuck Priore

“Part of football on Saturday is that one team wins and one team loses. I’m certainly not happy about it. We got outplayed. They were a better football team on this Saturday.”


“The bottom line is that we didn’t play well enough to win a football game. We competed and our effort was good, but we didn’t play Stony Brook football.”



-       W&M got on the board early with a touchdown on their first drive of the game when Andrew Caskin pulled down an 8-yard pass from Steve Cluley that capped a 9-play, 72-yard drive. Nick Dorka made the PAT to make it 7-0 Tribe.

-       William & Mary capped a 10-play, 88-yard drive in the second quarter with a 28-yard run by Kendell Anderson. Dorka made the PAT to give the Tribe a 14-0 lead. 

-       Anderson broke a 59-yard run with 11:47 left in the fourth quarter for his second score of the game. Dorka’s PAT was good.



-       DL Humphrey Anuh made his first career start for the Seawolves tonight.

-       WR Ray Bolden pulled down a career-high tying seven receptions in tonight’s game.

-       DB Darin Peart recorded a career-high seven tackles, including six solo stops.

-       DB Tyrice Beverette collected a career-high tying seven tackles and had a career-best seven solo stops.


Up Next
Stony Brook returns to the Commonwealth next Saturday to battle James Madison at Noon. The Seawolves then host Towson for Homecoming on Oct. 17 in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. For ticket information or to reserve your spot in Seawolves Town, call 631-632-WOLF. 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stony Brook nabs victory over No. 13 UNH

via Stony Brook Athletics

 The Seawolves post 31-6 victory over visiting Wildcats in CAA Football contest

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – History was made at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday night as the Stony Brook football team earned a 31-6 victory over 13th-ranked New Hampshire in the CAA Football opener.

The win marked the first for the Seawolves (2-0, 1-0 CAA Football) over the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1 CAA Football) and UNH was the highest ranked opponent SBU has ever defeated.

Junior RB Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y.) and sophomore WR Ray Bolden (Euless, Texas) led the offense, while senior DL Victor Ochi (Valley Stream, N.Y.) was the catalyst on the defensive side of the ball. Bedell rattled off 193 yards rushing on 21 carries, including two 50-plus yard runs in the second half and one touchdown. Bolden pulled down seven catches for 102 yards and two scores. Ochi collected a game-best 11 tackles, including 3.5 sacks.

Quoting the Seawolves
Head coach Chuck Priore
“I’m really proud of the program. The kids have worked hard and the biggest thing that I saw in yesterday’s practice is that they expected to win. It wasn’t that hope we win factor. The expectation was to win the game. They came and showed that when they took the field for four quarters.”

“They (UNH) are a very good defensive team and we hung in there physically and made the plays in the passing game that we needed to make. We think he (Bolden) is a pretty special player and we can do things to feature him like we did tonight."

“This is a step that Stony Brook football needed to take. We’ve been in a lot of games, but the reality of it is that we have figured out how not to worry about losing and how to understand how to win and tonight was that explanation point.”

WR Ray Bolden
“We were making big plays and leaving points on the board. I wouldn’t say were where frustrated, but we knew that we needed to pick it up if we wanted to beat last year’s conference champion.”

RB Stacey Bedell
“We went into the half on that big play by Ray (Bolden) and that gave us momentum. We came out and used that momentum in the second half and we just played strong.”

“I wasn’t really looking at the numbers of this game. I just wanted to come out of this game with a win for my team. It is very important to start the conference off with a win.”

DL Victor Ochi
“The biggest issue we had last year was finishing. All this off-season was dedicated to finishing so we knew the position we were in and the defense came out of the gates working. We all wanted to win and all have the same objective. I’m very proud of my boys.”


Stony Brook struck first late in the first quarter working with a short field after at UNH fumble. QB Joe Carbone (Wetherfield, Conn.) found WR Ray Bolden (Euless, Texas) in the right corner of the end zone on a three-yard pass. Pryemyslaw Popek’s (Yonkers, N.Y.) PAT was good.
 Popek added to the Seawolves lead with a 32-yard field goal with 10:00 left in the second quarter.
 UNH struck for what was believed to be the final score of the first half when QB Adam Riese found WR Rory Donovan in the right corner of the end zone from 17 yards away with 11 seconds on the clock. The two-point conversion attempt was unsuccessful.
 Stony Brook answered the Wildcats’ late score with a 60-yard kick off return by Marvin Peart (Brooklyn, N.Y.) that left 0:01 on the clock. QB Conor Bednarski (Pasadena, Calif.) then found Bolden in the right corner of the end zone with no time left on the clock. Popek’s PAT was good and the Seawolves went into the locker room with a 17-6 lead.
 The Seawolves got on the board first in the second half when RB Donald Liotine (Medford, N.Y.) scored in a four-yard run with 9:41 left in the third quarter. The score was set up by a 57-yard run by RB Stacey Bedell (Mastic Beach, N.Y.). Popek’s PAT was good.
 Bedell broke off a 51-yard dash for his first touchdown of the game with 2:59 left in the third quarter. Popek’s PAT was good.
SBU collected the program’s first victory over UNH with tonight’s 31-6 win over the Wildcats.
Tonight’s victory over the 13th-ranked Wildcats of UNH marked the highest ranked opponent the Seawolves have ever beaten. The previous mark was a 36-33 win over 16th-ranked Liberty on Nov. 21, 2009.
SBU moved to 2-1 in CAA openers with tonight’s win. The Seawolves also defeated Rhode Island to open the 2013 CAA schedule.
Stony Brook has posted at least 30 points in each of the two games this season, marking the first time the Seawolves have scored at least 30 points in back-to-back games since at 57-17 win at Presbyterian on Oct. 27, 2012 and a 45-7 victory over VMI on Nov. 3, 2012.
SBU’s touchdown in the first quarter was the first passing touchdown for redshirt freshman QB Joe Carbone. It also marked the first score for WR Ray Bolden in his Stony Brook career.
RB Donald Liotine’s touchdown run in the third quarter marked his first collegiate score as well.
RB Stacey Bedell rushed for 193 Yards, marking the second straight 100-plus yard game for the junior and the eighth career 100-plus yard rushing game if his career.
Two Seawolves made their first career starts in tonight’s game: TE Cal Daniels and WR Julius Wingate.
DL Victor Ochi recorded 3.5 sacks in tonight’s game give the senior 23.0 for his career. He is now 1.0 away from moving into third-place on SBU’s all-time career sacks record book and 6.0 away from the career record.

Up Next
Stony Brook hits the road for the next two games, visiting William & Mary next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Williamsburg, Va., before returning to the Commonwealth the following week to battle James Madison at Noon. The Seawolves return home on Oct. 17 to host Towson for Homecoming. For ticket information or to reserve your spot in Seawolves Town, call 631-632-WOLF.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bedell, Stony Brook roll past Central Connecticut 38-9


Stony Brook's opener at Toledo was canceled because of lightning, and Central Connecticut hit the Seawolves with another lightning-strike 51-yard tipped-ball scoring pass from Jacob Dolegala to Dan Hebert for a 6-0 lead 56 seconds into the home opener Saturday night at LaValle Stadium.

But everything that could go wrong didn't go wrong for Stony Brook (1-0) in its first game that counted. In fact, it went as right as the rain that poured throughout the game, as right as it has gone in more than two seasons as the Seawolves regained a semblance of their past dominance in a 38-9 victory over the Blue Devils.

SBU totaled 479 yards on offense, including 349 rushing.

The timing for such a confidence-boosting performance could not have been better with defending Colonial Athletic Association champion New Hampshire visiting LaValle next Saturday. "This was a very important game for us as a program to get back to being a dominating football team," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "It was real exciting to see."

In the first half, Priore alternated Bednarski and Carbone from one series to the next because Bednarski's surgically repaired throwing shoulder still was sore from the game nine days earlier at Toledo when he had to warm up several times over the course of three rain delays. At halftime, Priore decided to stick with Carbone.

Despite the inconsistency in the first half, Stony Brook built a 17-6 halftime lead. After CCSU's opening score, Bedell broke a 30-yard run on the Seawolves' first play from scrimmage and capped a 76-yard drive with an 8-yard scoring run for a 7-6 lead after Przemyslaw Popek's extra point. Popek later missed a 27-yard field goal, but after a fumble recovery at the Blue Devils' 19, he converted from 32 yards for a 10-6 lead. Bedell added a 2-yard TD run before halftime.

"The game being cut short [at Toledo] made us more hungry," Bedell explained. "We were fueled up and ready to go. The offensive line did a great job . . . of opening up holes for me."

Carbone, who completed 10 of 16 passes for 109 yards and rushed for 20 yards and two touchdowns, found some consistency in the second half. "Coach told me at halftime to be ready to go," Carbone said. "It really helped my rhythm."

On the opening drive of the second half, Carbone got Stony Brook out of a second-and-19 situation with a 26-yard completion to Ray Bolden. That ignited a 57-yard scoring drive that ended with Carbone scoring on a 2-yard run on fourth down for a 24-6 lead after a fake to freshman running back Isaiah White, who had 17 carries for 103 yards.

"That was a 'read' play," Carbone said. "I was the only one who knew I was keeping it."

Following an interception by Seawolves linebacker Julian Quintin, a penalty put the ball at the SBU 16. But Carbone led a 12-play drive covering the distance before Bedell scored his third TD on a 25-yard run for a 31-6 advantage. Carbone got the final TD on a 3-yard run.

The defense has carried the Seawolves the past two seasons, and it looked as strong as ever. "After the 'miracle' TD play, it would have been easy to get down in the dumps," Quintin said. "But we were a top-three defense last year, and we have to repeat that."

Looking ahead to the big one Saturday, Quintin added, "New Hampshire is a perennial power, but this game showed us that, even in the face of adversity, we can succeed."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

#Seawolves athletes receive iPads for 2015-16

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- per Stony Brook Athletics has announced that it will supply each student-athlete with a new iPad for the 2015-16 academic year as part of its bold five-year strategic vision, Together We Transform, designed to positively transform the lives of each student-athlete.
The Seawolves men's basketball team was the first group of student-athletes to receive the iPads prior to them embarking on its European tour this Sunday. The football team also received their iPads today, and the remaining 320 student-athletes will receive their iPads as they report to campus for preseason practices or prior to fall classes.
This program will benefit all Stony Brook student-athletes academically and allow them to have greater ease of access to online information, blackboard, learning apps and e-textbooks as a result of having their own individual iPad. In addition, there will be new and creative opportunities to push video and messaging to our student-athletes in a timely manner to benefit their athletic performance.
"There is no question that providing iPads to each of our student-athletes will enhance their Stony Brook experience and impact their lives in a positive and productive way," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron said. "I am grateful to our colleagues with the Division of Information Technology for their work on rolling out this critical initiative."

Men's Basketball heads to with Head Coach Steve Pikiell

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ochi, Cheeseboro land on CAA Preseason All-Conference Team

Baltimore, Md. - Seniors Victor Ochi (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Naim Cheeseboro (King of Prussia, Pa.) from the Stony Brook football team were named to the 2015 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference team, it was announced Tuesday at the conference’s Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. 

Ochi and Cheeseboro represent two of eight returning starters on a defense that ranked third in all of FCS in total defense and fourth in scoring defense in 2014. 

Ochi was a first team all-conference selection in 2014, finishing the year with 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks, both of which were school records. He enters his senior season seven TFL’s shy of the Stony Brook career record. 

Cheeseboro will once again anchor the back end of the secondary after finishing second on the team with 76 tackles last season. He also contributed six tackles for loss, two interceptions, two breakups, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown at UConn. 

In addition to the Preseason All-Conference Team, the CAA also released the Preseason Poll, where the Seawolves were picked to finish eighth out of 12 teams. Villanova was picked to win the league with 14 first-place votes, followed by James Madison and New Hampshire, who each received five first-place votes.