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To say that things didn’t go the way of the Stony Brook Seawolves (2-2) in the second half of their matchup with the Sacred Heart Pioneers (4-0) would be an understatement. The game was tied 10-10 at the half, then Sacred Heart went on a four-touchdown torrent in the latter half of the game for a dominant 38-10 victory at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium on Saturday evening. “We certainly didn’t have our ‘A-game,’ and we’ll figure out why,” Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said. “[Sacred Heart] came out with a little more pizzazz than us in the second half. As the head coach, this falls on my shoulders directly.” Sacred Heart senior quarterback RJ Noel converted his second 1-yard rushing touchdown of the game with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter. The Pioneers never looked back. Senior running back Jay Croom added his own 1-yard touchdown, Noel found senior…

In a chilly and thin-aired atmosphere at The Rinx ice skating facility, college athletes in black, red, blue and teal practice jerseys flew across the sheet of ice. Pucks crashed against the boards and glass, and the sound of skates scraping the ice accounted for the rest of the boisterous ambience. The Stony Brook ice hockey team was preparing for its upcoming season. While the team’s first game isn’t until Sept. 30, they’ve been practicing three times a week since the end of August. The squad will boast a new look this year; veterans forwards Tyler Underhill, Andrew Cetola and Matthew Gervasi have graduated, as have goaltenders Derek Willms and Todd Scarola. Forwards Ori Benyamini, Devon Palmieri, Nicolas Schlegel and Michael Kosina came in to fill their skates. These additions and subtractions will undoubtedly alter the team’s on-ice identity. “Our offensive is not as explosive as it was, but I…

The Stony Brook Seawolves (2-1) offense is alive and well. It put up 376 total yards in a 42-14 victory over the Richmond Spiders (2-1) on Saturday afternoon after averaging 177 yards in the team’s first two games of the season. It is arguably the biggest win in school history; Richmond was the No. 2-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team prior to their defeat at the hands of Stony Brook. “These type of wins are an effort of a lot of different people,” Stony Brook Head Coach Chuck Priore said. “The magnitude of this win will hopefully tell Stony Brook alumni and fans that we’re heading in the right direction.” Priore was right in the sense that everyone contributed to the success of the offense, especially redshirt junior running back Stacey Bedell, who ran for 100 yards and found the end zone four times. Bedell scored a game-tying two-yard touchdown in…

The Stony Brook University men’s soccer team is preparing for a strong 2016 season with a backbone of grit, commitment and strong team chemistry. Head Coach Ryan Anatol pointed to the team’s “spine,” or the players on the middle of the field, as his squad’s support system. That spine consists of the goalkeeper, centerbacks, central midfielders and the forwards. One of those key members of the spine is junior forward Vince Erdei, who scored a team-leading eight goals in his sophomore season. He feels that his hard working style meshes well with the rest of the team’s identity. “We’re a tough team that competes until the last minute and will never give up,” Erdei said. “We are working for each other, and that helps a lot. In soccer, you can’t individually have a good performance without a good team behind you.” In order to consistently have those strong team performances,…

In a clash between two highly touted defenses, it’s only fitting that it took a blocked punt to win the game for Stony Brook (1-0). Redshirt freshman defensive back Gavin Heslop blocked North Dakota Fighting Hawks (0-1) punter Austin Dussold’s punt attempt with 8:52 remaining in Thursday night’s game. Senior defensive back Kye Morgan recovered the football and took it in for a touchdown that provided the Seawolves with a 13-9 lead. That would be enough for Stony Brook to hold on long enough to win its season opener against No. 19 North Dakota. “There had to be a big play,” Morgan said on his and Heslop’s efforts resulting in the winning touchdown. “Somebody had to make a play.” He was referring to North Dakota’s stifling defense, which had allowed just one Stony Brook touchdown up until that point. North Dakota junior defensive back Cole Reyes forced a safety just…

When it comes to college ice hockey in America, most people would immediately think of the NCAA, and for a good reason. There is a brand of collegiate hockey that flies under the radar, however: the American Collegiate Hockey Association. ACHA-level hockey is a clear step below the NCAA. While it’s not impossible for ACHA players to continue playing professional hockey post-college, only the best are given the opportunity to continue to play in an advanced league. One example of a standout ACHA player who has made it to a professional level is Chris Joseph, who said he would either next play for the Elmira Jackals in the ECHL (formerly known as the East Coast Hockey League), which is two levels below the NHL, or in a league in France. Joseph, after graduating from Stony Brook following the 2014-15 season, went to an open camp hosted by the Huntsville Havoc…

Shawn Heilbron of the Stony Brook University Athletics Department believes that the university needs to work on cultivating its football program to gain the respect of the country. “Football is so important because conference affiliations and television deals are all driven by it,” Director of Athletics Heilbron said. “We need to invest in it first and foremost. It’s something that, when I got here, I don’t think the investment had been made.” In order to turn people’s heads, the Seawolves football team has to win. It has gone 15-18 over the past three seasons combined. Heilbron has looked at ways to invest in improving the team and its exposure. “We’ve had three straight five-win seasons and I feel we’re very, very close to really breaking through in the [Colonial Athletic Association],” he said. Chuck Priore will return for his 11th season as the head coach. Defensive coordinator Lyle Hemphill was…

Courtney Murphy took a pass from sophomore midfielder Samantha DiSalvo, ran through the middle of the slot, and deposited her fourth goal of the game past junior goalkeeper Zoe Ochoa on Friday afternoon. It was the Stony Brook junior attacker’s 99th goal of the season, and it set the all-time NCAA single season record. Her historic goal gave the Seawolves (17-3) an 11-8 lead over the Boston College Eagles (10-9) in the first round of the NCAA women’s lacrosse tournament. The Seawolves held on to win 11-9, and the victory marked the first time the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has beaten an opponent in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Murphy’s third goal of the game gave Stony Brook a 9-8 lead with 13:52 remaining, which put the Seawolves ahead for good. It was not all smooth sailing for the Seawolves early in the second half, however. DiSalvo gave Stony Brook…

Stony Brook University’s women’s lacrosse team is consistently one of the best in the nation. Five years ago, that would have seemed like a pipe dream. Through 2009-2011, the team had posted an 11-35 record. Ever since former Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore hired Joe Spallina to take over the head-coaching job, the women’s lacrosse program has found annual success. The team has gone 80-17 during Spallina’s five-year tenure. “I think the biggest thing when you take over a program that’s not successful is changing the culture and the approach of the athletes, the day-to-day operations and the way things are being run from top to bottom,” Spallina said. “I focused more on what made me successful prior to coming here.” Spallina  led the Adelphi University women’s lacrosse team to three consecutive NCAA Division II national championships prior to joining the Division I level with Stony Brook. “[Spallina’s]…