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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team defeated William & Mary, 75-62, on Feb. 24 at Island Federal Arena. Four Seawolves posted double-digit points in the win, with Aaron Clarke and Tyler Stephenson-Moore leading the way with 18 points apiece.

Stony Brook started hot early, opening the game on an 11-2 run. The Tribe responded with several jumpers from Trey Moss to cut the deficit to six. The Seawolves immediately answered back with buckets from Keenan Fitzmorris and Clarke to regain momentum.

A pair of free throws from Clarke with four seconds left gave Stony Brook a 12-point advantage heading into the half. Stony Brook closed the half on a 15-9 run, highlighted by several big plays by Clarke and Fitzmorris.

Both teams traded buckets back and forth early in the second half as William & Mary cut its deficit to nine. The Seawolves responded quickly with tough shots from Jared Frey and Stephenson-Moore. Stony Brook pushed its advantage to 16 points, its largest of the afternoon, following a three from Stephenson-Moore.

After the Tribe again narrowed the deficit to eight points, the Seawolves put the game away with eight consecutive makes from the free-throw line to close out their 12th win at Island Federal Arena, defeating William & Mary for the second time this season.

“Good win for us … Happy to win at home [with] a good crowd on a Saturday afternoon,” said head coach Geno Ford after the game. “[If] you win by double figures at home in a conference game you’re going to take that any day of the week,” he added.

The team  heads on the road to take on Drexel on Feb. 29. The Seawolves and Dragons tip off at 7 p.m. from Philadelphia, with the contest streaming on FloHoops and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

Debby Mastrodima, above, teamed up with Cornelia Bruu-Syversen to win 6-3 on Saturday. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook tennis won its first match in the CAA in the 2024 spring season, taking a 6-1 victory at Monmouth to close a weekend swing in West Long Branch, New Jersey on Feb. 24.

Stony Brook improved to 2-5 overall and 1-0 in conference play, as head coach Thiago Dualiby recorded his first conference win leading the Seawolves.

The Seawolves took two of three doubles games to record the point, with freshmen Mia Palladino and Darian Perfiliev teaming up for a win, before sophomore Debby Mastrodima and freshman Cornelia Bruu-Syversen won the clinching game.

Stony Brook then took five of the six singles matches, with Palladino, freshman Elena Lobo-Corral, Perfiliev, Bruu-Syversen, and junior Sara Annamaria Medved winning their matches.

DOUBLES

Brezanin/Mills (MON) def. Boro/Lobo-Corral (SBU), 6-4; Palladino/Perfiliev (SBU) def. Girish/McKinney (MON), 6-0; Bruu-Syversen/Mastrodima (SBU) def. Jamir/Landstrom (MON), 6-3 – clinching game

SINGLES

Palladino (SBU) def. Brezanin (MON), 6-3, 6-2; Lobo-Corral (SBU) def. McKinney (MON), 6-3, 6-2; Girish (MON) def. Boro (SBU), 2-6, 6-0, WR*; Perfiliev (SBU) def. Jamir (MON), 6-3, 6-4; Bruu-Syversen (SBU) def. Landstrom (MON), 6-1, 6-4; Medved (SBU) def. Mills (MON), 6-4, 7-6

“I’m really proud of the team. We set controllable adjustments after yesterday’s play and everyone executed them really well,” said head coach Thiago Dualiby. “We were able to set the right tone from the start today and executed positive behaviors throughout the match.”

The team heads to Rhode Island for two matches next weekend, first with a matchup against Bryant on March 1. First serve between the Seawolves and Bulldogs is set for 12:45 p.m.

#12 Ellie Masera and #43 Alex Finn celebrate after Sunday's victory. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook women’s lacrosse scored 11 of the first 13 goals and got career offensive performances from Alex Finn and Ellie Masera to open the 2024 season with an 18-11 victory at LaValle Stadium on Feb 18.

Stony Brook (1-0) got a career-high eight goals and 10 points from Masera along with a career-high seven assists and nine points from Finn. Masera took 16 of Stony Brook’s 36 shots in the game. Kailyn Hart also added five goals on eight shots (.625), with Charlotte Verhulst getting in the scoring column twice and Morgan Mitchell once.

Defensively, the Seawolves had six caused turnovers and 10 ground balls as a team. Clare Levy and Emily Manning each caused two turnovers. Manning led the way with three ground balls and Finn, Levy and Masera each picked up two. In her first start as a Seawolf, Emily Manning made eight saves with a .421 save percentage.

In the possession game, Stony Brook got six draw controls each from Masera and Clare Levy, with Verhulst adding three.

For Dartmouth, Kate Elders scored four times, while Catherine Erb added three tallies and Lucy Murray scored twice. Goalkeeper Gisele Todd made nine saves in net on a .360 save percentage.

 The team is back home on Feb. 20 to take on Bryant, with first draw scheduled for 3 p.m. The Bulldogs are 2-1 on the season with wins over Holy Cross and Sacred Heart. Stony Brook is 3-0 against Bryant all-time and this will be the two teams’ first meeting since 2019.

#5 Aaron Clarke looks to pass the ball during Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell, 84-61, to Monmouth on Feb. 17 at OceanFirst Bank Center in West Long Branch, N.J. Three Seawolves finished in double figures, but it was not enough to overcome the Hawks strong second-half performance.

Stony Brook fell behind 13-7 early on, but battled back to grab a one-point lead after a 7-0 run spearheaded by Keenan Fitzmorris. After Monmouth evened things up at 16 apiece, the Hawks scored eight straight points to open up a 24-16 lead. Another eight-point scoring run to close the half helped Monmouth take an eight-point lead into the break.

The Hawks opened the second half by scoring the first 10 points and 24 of the half’s first 30 points to jump out to a 26-point advantage. The Seawolves never truly trimmed the deficit much further, pulling within 20 points of the Hawks momentarily before eventually falling, 84-61.

“Monmouth physically dominated us today, particularly on the glass. We were fortunate enough to catch them on a day where Xander Rice was off, but we weren’t in position to win due to an inability to deal with their fours and fives on the glass,” head coach Geno Ford said. “Our perimeter guys collectively couldn’t make any shots, so it was a formula for a convincing loss.”

The team returns home to host North Carolina A&T on Thursday, February 22. The Seawolves and Aggies tip-off at 6:31 p.m., with the contest streaming live on SNY and Flo Hoops.

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The Stony Brook University men’s basketball team fell, 95-77, to Campbell on Feb. 10 afternoon at Gore Arena. in Buies Creek, N.C. Aaron Clarke and Dean Noll scored 16 points apiece, while Tyler Stephenson-Moore chipped in with 10, but it was not enough to overcome Campbell’s five double-figure scorers.

Stony Brook was firing on all cylinders out of the gate, jumping out to an early 10-point advantage, 12-2, in the opening three minutes of action. After Campbell pulled back within one possession of Stony Brook, the Seawolves extended the lead back to double figures as the first half neared the mid-way point.

The Camels responded with a 23-3 run, turning their nine-point deficit into a 11-point lead, with just under four minutes remaining in the opening period. Campbell’s hot shooting continued over the final four minutes, taking a 52-38 lead into the locker room.

Stony Brook’s deficit kept widening after intermission, falling behind 79-61 before a 6-0 shrunk the deficit to 79-67 with 6:05 to go in the contest. After being down as many as 23 points halfway through the second stanza, the Seawolves pulled within 12 points, but could not trim the deficit any further. Campbell cruised the rest of the way, clinching a 95-77 victory over the Seawolves in the inaugural meeting between two of the CAA’s newest members.

STATS AND NOTES

  • Noll scored a team-leading 16 points, reaching double figures for the ninth time in his last 10 games played. He connected on three shots from beyond the arc, the 11th time this season he has registered multiple three-point field goals made.
  • Clarke matched Noll’s effort with 16 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the floor. He shot an even 50 percent (3-6) from long range, adding five assists and four rebounds.
  • Stephenson-Moore rounded out Stony Brook’s double-digit point scorers, contributing 10 points.
  • Andre Snoddy grabbed a team-high seven rebounds across 22 minutes of action. He added six points on a 3-for-7 mark from the field.
  • As a team, Stony Brook connected on 11 three pointers for the second straight game. Stony Brook moved to 6-4 overall this season when making at least 10 shots from beyond the arc.
  • The Camels finished with a stark 54-22 advantage in paint points. Campbell dished out 29 assists, the second most by an opponent this season.
  • Campbell scored at a 64-percent clip in the contest, the highest field-goal percentage by a Seawolves’ opponent this year. The Camels’ 95 points were also the second-most points allowed by Stony Brook in 2023-24.
  • Today’s meeting was the first between Stony Brook and Campbell.

“Campbell did a great job of running their offense today at a high level. We were not sharp mentally on that end of the floor,” head coach Geno Ford said. “We had several good looks we couldn’t convert and when you combined those two issues it’s a really bad formula. In league games, you have to play well to have a chance to win. We certainly didn’t today.”

Kyra McFarland during last Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook softball suffered a pair of shutout defeats on Feb. 10, falling 12-0 in the first game to FIU and 9-0 to Ohio State in the second game.

Stony Brook dropped to 1-3 overall for the season and the weekend.

GAME 1: FIU 12, STONY BROOK 0 (5 innings)

  • A two-out double gave FIU a 1-0 lead after an inning.
  • A bunt single and error gave FIU a 2-0 lead, and the Panthers tacked on two more on a single to center for a 4-0 lead after two.
  • With the bases loaded, a double to left field plated two more for FIU, as the Panthers extended the lead to 6-0.
  • The Panthers tacked on six more in the fourth, first on a three-run home run followed by a two-run double and an RBI single later in the inning.

GAME 2: OHIO STATE 9, STONY BROOK 0 (6 innings)

  • Ohio State got runners on first and third with one out in the second, before scratching across a run with a sacrifice fly.
  • With two on and one out, Church homered to centered for a 4-0 OSU lead. Later on in the same inning, a bases-loaded walk tacked on another run for the Buckeyes.
  • A pair of walks and a fielding error loaded the bases for the Seawolves in the sixth, but SBU was unable to capitalize.
  • A fielding error and a three-run double finished off the scoring in the bottom of the sixth.
  • Ohio State pitcher Emily Ruck recorded a no-hitter.

“We played a better ball game in game two, although the results were not what we wanted. We have the opportunity to improve again tomorrow and finish this weekend strong,” said head coach Megan Bryant.

Sara Annamaria Medved at Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

Stony Brook tennis picked up its first victory of the 2024 season, starting off the match with a victory in doubles and winning four of the six singles matches for a 5-2 win at the Tennis Club of Trumbull on Feb. 11 in Fairfield, CT.

Stony Brook marked a historic victory, as head coach Thiago Dualiby earned his first collegiate head coaching win on Saturday.

Stony Brook battled to win two tiebreakers in doubles to earn the point, with sophomore Kristi Boro and freshman Elena Lobo-Corral combining to win one tiebreaker, while sophomore Debby Mastrodima and freshman Cornelia Bruu-Syversen won the other.

The singles victories came courtesy of freshman Mia Palladino, Lobo-Corral, Boro and junior Sara Medved. Three competitors came back from a set down to win their respective matches.

RESULTS

Doubles

  • Boro/Lobo-Corral (SBU) def. Malinowski/Karman (FU), 7-6 (7-2)
  • Mastrodima/Palladino (SBU) def. Liu/Loeffler (FU), 7-6 (7-5)
  • Perfiliev/Bruu-Syversen (SBU) def. Hutchinson/Tuttle (FU), 6-2

Singles

  • Palladino (SBU) def. Liu (FU), 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
  • Lobo-Corral (SBU) def. Plumtree (FU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
  • Boro (SBU) def. Loeffler (FU), 6-1, 6-4
  • Karman (FU) def. Perfiliev (SBU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
  • Malinowski (FU) def. Bruu-Syversen (SBU), 6-2, 6-0
  • Medved (SBU) def. Harding (FU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-3

“I’m really proud of our team today. We showed resiliency and resolve, overcoming difficult moments and believing in ourselves throughout the match. Winning the doubles point today was a result of that resiliency and the commitment to keep pushing through our comfort zone in our gameplay. We look forward to keep building one day at a time,” said head coach Thiago Dualiby.

The team  heads back to Connecticut next weekend, beginning with a match with UConn on Friday, Feb. 16 with first serve at 6 p.m.

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The Stony Brook women’s basketball team held Northeastern to just 17.6 percent from 3-point range and 27.5 percent overall from the field on their way to a 71-35 win over the Huskies on the road Feb. 11.

The 35 points that Stony Brook surrendered was their lowest against any opponent since they allowed 25 against Farmingdale State on Nov. 22, 2017. Also, this marks the least amount of points that the Seawolves have given up to a Division 1 opponent since Jan. 18, 2016 against Hartford (35). 

The Seawolves (19-3, 9-2) had three players score in double figures, led by Khari Clark, who had 15 points, nine rebounds and two steals. Zaida Gonzalez tacked on 13 points and Gigi Gonzalez chipped in as well with 10 points and six assists. The squad dished out 16 assists on 25 made field goals, led by G. Gonzalez’s six assists for the Seawolves. The squad dominated on the glass and held the Huskies at ease in the paint as they finished with just six offensive rebounds and five second chance points while Stony Brook cleared 30 defensive rebounds. 

After jumping out to a 6-3 advantage, Stony Brook went on a 10-0 run with 7:43 left in the first quarter, culminating in a bucket from Sherese Pittman, to increase its lead to 16-3. The Huskies would cut the deficit, but still entered the quarter break with a 21-11 deficit. Stony Brook was hot from three-point range in the period, knocking down five shots to account for 15 of its 21 points, including back-to-back three’s by Z. Gonzalez to begin the afternoon. 

Stony Brook built that first quarter lead to 29-15 before going on a 9-0 run starting at the 5:49 mark in the second period, highlighted by a bucket from Clark, to increase its lead to 38-15, a score that would hold until halftime. Stony Brook continued to pour it from deep in the period, knocking down three three-point shots (G. Gonzalez, Pittman, and Brantley) to account for nine of its 17 points. A bucket by Clark with just .06 seconds left on the clock gave the squad their 23-point advantage heading into the break. 

Following intermission, Stony Brook continued to expand its advantage, pushing it to 49-18 before going on a 7-0 run, punctuated by a basket from Pittman, to expand its lead further to 56-18 with 55 seconds to go in the third, a score which remained until the end of the third quarter. Stony Brook knocked down three three-pointers in the quarter to score nine of its 18 total points (Z. Gonzalez, G. Gonzalez, and Keenan). 

The Seawolves kept its lead intact before going on a 5-0 run following the free throw from Clark to grow the lead to 69-33 with 2:22 to go in the contest. The Seawolves held onto that lead for the rest of the game for the 71-35 win. Stony Brook pulled down seven offensive rebounds to score five second chance points out of 15 total in the period. 

“I’m proud of our team for the way we responded coming off a loss,” said head coach Ashley Langford following the victory over Northeastern. “I thought our defense was outstanding and it was nice to have multiple players make three’s.” 

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Khari Clark scored a career-high 30 points to help lead the Stony Brook women’s basketball team over the Monmouth Hawks 78-62 on the road Feb. 4.

The Seawolves (18-2, 8-1) had three players score in double figures, led by Clark, who had 30 points and six rebounds. Sherese Pittman added 18 points and six rebounds and Gigi Gonzalez helped out with 17 points and five assists.

Stony Brook out-rebounded Monmouth 39-32, with eight different players grabbing at least one boards. Led by Clark’s four offensive rebounds, Stony Brook did a great job crashing the offensive glass, pulling down 13 boards that resulted in 16 second-chance points. Stony Brook’s defense also forced 20 Monmouth turnovers which turned into 24 points.

After falling behind 16-6 in the first, Stony Brook went on a 9-0 run with 2:30 left in the first quarter, highlighted by King’s five points in the stretch to narrow its deficit to 16-15 after 10 minutes.

A three from Clark at 7:45 of the second quarter gave Stony Brook its first lead at 22-20 and the Seawolves took the lead for good at 26-24, enjoying a six-point, 37-31 halftime advantage. Stony Brook scored seven of its 22 total points in the period on second-chance opportunities, pulling down three offensive rebounds. Clark was dominating in the first half by finishing 7-of-11 from the field with 17 points.

Following intermission, Stony Brook continued to expand its advantage, pushing it’s lead to 52-38 before going on a 10-0 run, punctuated by a three from Victoria Keenan, to expand its lead further to 62-38 with 2:24 to go in the third. The Seawolves won the quarter 31-12 to take a 68-43 lead after three. Stony Brook had success near the basket, scoring 16 of its 31 points in the paint.

Monmouth was able to cut the lead to 13 in the fourth, but the Seawolves ultimately cruised to the 78-62 final results. Stony Brook took advantage of its opportunities in the post, scoring eight of its 10 points in the paint.

“The atmosphere at Monmouth today was great,” said head coach Ashley Langford. “I love to see people supporting women’s basketball. I’m really happy with how focused we were on the defensive end. All of our players were locked into the scout and executed the game plan well.”

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The Stony Brook University men’s track and field program competed at the Scarlet Knight Open, hosted by Rutgers, at the Armory in New York City on Feb. 3 and 4. Four Seawolves posted IC4A qualifying times, highlighted by a first-place finish by George Franks (200m) and Carlos Santos leading a sweep of the top-three spots in the 5K.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Franks took first place in the 200-meter, his second individual victory of his freshman season, crossing the finish line at 21.65. He also finished third in the 400-meter, posting a time of 48.75.
  • Santos led a trio of Seawolves that took the top-three spots in the 5,000-meter. Michael Fama (14:31.23) placed second and Steven Struk (14:37.78) took third.
  • Alexander Kanes (6.74 meters) placed fifth in the long jump.
  • Seth Hilario finished the 60-meter hurdles in 8.42, grabbing a sixth-place finish.

Over the two days I thought George Franks did very well with two really encouraging performances in the 200 & 400. The guys in the 5K put together a strong run,” head coach Andy Ronan commented. “Another weekend where we saw noticeable improvement in some of our student-athletes’ fitness and competitiveness.”

The team returns to action next weekend at the Fastrack National Invite at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island on Saturday, February 10.