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Stony Brook put forth a valiant effort after trailing by as many as 17 points, but ultimately fell to Monmouth, 24-21, in the 2022 season finale at Kessler Stadium on Nov. 19.

The Hawks took a 17-0 lead before Stony Brook was able to get on the board. With 3:55 to play in the first half graduate defensive back Carthell Flowers-Lloyd stepped in front of a screen and picked off a pass by Monmouth’s Enzo Arjona and returned it for a touchdown. Flowers-Lloyd’s interception was the first of his career and it swung the momentum in Stony Brook’s favor heading into the second half.

After Monmouth and Stony Brook traded punts to start the second half, the Seawolves cut the Hawks’ lead to 17-14 after a 66-yard touchdown run by redshirt sophomore running back Ross Tallarico with 5:02 to play in the third quarter. Tallarico took the carry up the middle and rushed untouched into the end zone for the longest rush of his career.

The Seawolves continued to apply the pressure on the defensive end and that pressure resulted in a sack-fumble by graduate defensive end Eric Black. Black blew past Monmouth’s offensive line to strip-sack Arjona and redshirt junior linebacker Aidan Kaler recovered the fumble.

 On Stony Brook’s ensuing drive redshirt freshman quarterback Daron Bryden found Tallarico for a five-yard touchdown pitch and catch to give the Seawolves’ a 21-17 lead with 8:17 to play in the game. For Tallarico, it was his second touchdown of the game.

Monmouth took the lead, 24-21, with 7:32 to play when Arjona found Dymere Miller for a 72-yard touchdown and held on to win by that very score.

“I am really proud of how we competed. We’ve had a lot of adversity in regards to being a better football team; but our kids competed. Offensively, we were not able to generate much throughout the game. The parts kept on plugging, our defense made some stops, and we were able to convert some things. If you’re in the game in the fourth quarter, you got to try to find a way to win,” said coach Priore on his reaction to Saturday’s game.

#12 Quarterback Charlie McKee led to the team to victory on Saturday. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook football team used a dramatic second half comeback to defeat Maine, 28-27, and secured a win on Homecoming, Oct. 22. The Seawolves were led by freshman quarterback Charlie McKee who helped Stony Brook outscore Maine, 21-7, in the second half en route to victory.

The team open the second half by forcing a three and out. On the ensuing drive, the Seawolves marched right down the field and McKee found redshirt sophomore wide receiver RJ Lamarre for a 10-yard touchdown pitch and catch to cut Maine’s lead to 20-14.

#12 Quarterback Charlie McKee led to the team to victory on Saturday. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Black Bears responded by punching right back with a touchdown of their own as Elijah Barnwell found the end zone from 12 yards out to put Maine ahead once again by two scores, 27-14. From that point forward, Stony Brook closed the door and went on to score 14 unanswered points to secure the 28-27 win.

After Maine’s score in the third quarter, the Seawolves put together an 11-play, 75-yard drive to punch in their third touchdown of the night. The drive was capped off by McKee finding redshirt junior tight end Tyler Devera from a yard out to make it 27-21.

Stony Brook was knocking on the door, with the momentum shifting in the favor of Long Island’s team following Devera’s touchdown. The Seawolves seized full momentum in the game when they picked up a crucial fourth down stop with 8:32 to play in the contest.

Redshirt junior defensive back Shamel Lazarus and graduate linebacker Reidgee Dimanche stuffed Maine’s Kobay White who caught a pass near the line of scrimmage, the Stony Brook duo blew up the play in the backfield and forced a turnover on downs.

McKee led the Seawolves’ offense right down the field as he orchestrated a seven-play, 68-yard drive that resulted in graduate wide receiver Khalil Newton hauling in what proved to be the game-winning touchdown with a miraculous seven-yard touchdown catch.

Maine had one last crack at it, but the Seawolves’ defense stood strong as they forced Cole Baker to miss what would have been the go-ahead field goal from 46 yards out.

The team is back on the gridiron on Oct. 29, when they travel up north to face UAlbany in the battle for the Golden Apple. 

#4 Tyquell Fields throws a pass during Saturday's game. Photo from Stony Brook Athletics

The Stony Brook University football team (4-5, 3-3 CAA) used a gritty road performance to pick up its third consecutive win as it defeated Maine (4-5, 3-4 CAA), 22-17, on Nov. 6. The Seawolves were paced by an all-around team effort as they picked up their first CAA road victory of the season.

Redshirt junior running back Ty Son Lawton and redshirt sophomore kicker Angelo Guglielmello accounted for all of Stony Brook’s scoring in the win. Lawton found the end zone twice (one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown), while Guglielmello made a career-high three field goals.

As Maine fought back in the second half, Stony Brook’s defense stood strong as it shut down the come-from-behind effort. The Black Bears got the ball back with 2:30 to play in the game and had a chance to potentially take the lead. On the first play of the drive, redshirt freshman linebacker Tyler King stepped in front of a Derek Robertson pass for his first career interception. King’s interception sealed the victory for the Seawolves.

The Seawolves used a strong first half performance to take a 16-7 lead at the break. Stony Brook controlled the pace of play and dominated in total offense and time of possession. The Seawolves outgained the Black Bears 250 yards to 89 yards and held the ball for 21:57, while Maine had the ball for 8:03 in the first half.

Redshirt sophomore kicker Angelo Guglielmello was a perfect 3-for-3 on field goal attempts in the first half. The Nutley, N.J. native opened the scoring for Stony Brook as he drilled a career-long 38-yard field goal with 8:47 to play in the first quarter. He then split the uprights with a 37-yard field goal to put Stony Brook up, 6-0, with 1:36 to go in the first quarter. Guglielmello’s third field goal in the first half came from 30 yards out and pushed the Seawolves’ lead to 16-0.

Lawton found the end zone twice in the win, once on the ground, and the other came on a catch. The redshirt junior extended the Seawolves’ first half lead to 13-0 on a nine-yard touchdown run. Lawton took a handoff and rushed right where he was met by a crowd of Black Bear defenders; he reversed field and saw nothing but green as he rushed into the end zone for the ninth time this season.

The Staten Island native scored his second touchdown of the day with 10:47 to play in the fourth quarter. Graduate quarterback Tyquell Fields found Lawton coming out of the backfield for a nine-yard touchdown reception.

“We lost three league games with the ball in our hands on fourth down in position to score, two of them to win, the other to continue the game. Our guys kept on fighting and believing. We weren’t getting turnovers; we got them (today) – obviously Tyler’s interception makes a difference in the last drive when they got the ball back. Good character guys, good senior leadership. It proves to you that the margin of winning and losing is very close,” said head coach Chuck Priore.

Up next, the team is back on the gridiron on Nov. 13, when they travel to nationally ranked Villanova for a 1 p.m. kick-off. The Seawolves are (2-1) against the Wildcats over their last three meetings and picked up a win in their last contest at Villanova, 36-35, on October 26, 2019. The game is set to air on FloFootball.