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As Stony Brook freshman midfielder Kasey Mitchell stood to take a free position shot with 2.5 seconds remaining in a 9-9 women’s lacrosse championship game, the crowd’s anxiety was nearly tangible on Sunday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The attempt would determine whether the Stony Brook Seawolves (16-3) would emerge victorious over the Albany Great Danes (11-7) in the America East Championship, or the two teams would head to overtime, bringing a sudden-death element to a crazy back-and-forth game. “I just was praying to God that it was gonna go in,” Mitchell said. Sure enough, Mitchell rifled the ball past Albany senior goalkeeper Courtney Henderson to cap a wild comeback win for the Seawolves at the buzzer. “Being a freshman, I didn’t expect to play a lot,” Mitchell said. “For me, being in a position to score goals like that is just something I’m so grateful for.” The victory…

This year, Tyler Honahan is hoping to fulfill a lifelong dream of his: make it to the MLB The senior left-handed starting pitcher is hoping to follow the paths of former Stony Brook pitchers Joe Nathan, Tom Koehler and Nick Tropeano, the three most successful former Seawolves in the big show. “I’ve had MLB aspirations since I was five years old,” Honahan said. “I’ve always wanted to be able to play professionally and I hope I get that shot after this year.” Honahan chose Stony Brook despite having gone to middle school and high school in Colorado after his family moved there in 2006. He grew up in Rocky Point, New York, so he said choosing Stony Brook was a good opportunity for him to go back home. “I went to a couple of showcases and Stony Brook was there,” Honahan said. “They ended up calling me, and I liked…

Stony Brook University has no plans to build an on-campus ice rink despite the success of the ice hockey club and students’ desires for improvements to campus life. “Hockey is an extraordinarily expensive sport to run,” Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said at a media conference in February. “Before we can add another expensive sport like that, we would have to make sure it would make economic sense.” Ronald Parr, the head of the commercial and industrial division at Parr Organization, estimated that the cost of a 4,000-seat indoor ice rink would come out to $20 million.  The organization constructed the Twin Rinks Ice Center at Eisenhower Park. The ice rink would generate ticket sale revenue from the school’s club ice hockey team, which has found yearly success. The team has won four straight Eastern State Collegiate Hockey League Championships and finished this past season as the…

Stony Brook University Seawolves (15-3) junior attacker Courtney Murphy leapt into multiple record books with the team’s win over the University of New Hampshire Wildcats (6-11) in the America East semifinals on Friday. Murphy’s six goals against New Hampshire puts her at 91 on the season, surpassing former midfielder Demmianne Cook’s Stony Brook season record of 90. “It’s rewarding to be able to do all that, but I wouldn’t be able to do that without my teammates, so I have them to thank for it,” Murphy said. Her six goals and two assists also established her as Stony Brook’s all-time points leader, surpassing Kaitlin Leggio’s 246 career points. “I think [Murphy’s] phenomenal,” Stony Brook Head Coach Joe Spallina said. “I couldn’t be happier for her. She’s a big-time player and a big-time person.” Stony Brook crushed New Hampshire 17-4, winning  its 13th game in a row. The Seawolves stormed out…

The Stony Brook Seawolves (19-19 overall, 9-3 America East) swept the  University of Maryland, Baltimore County Retrievers (19-20, 7-9) in Saturday’s doubleheader on the strength of two excellent pitching performances by senior Chad Lee and freshman Bret Clarke. In the first game, Lee went eight innings and allowed just one run on three hits. He struck out three and walked two in the Seawolves’ 4-1 victory, while improving to 5-2 on the year. “[Lee’s] changeup right now is nothing short of outstanding,” Stony Brook Head Coach Matt Senk said. “He just continues to give us one great outing after another.” Lee missed his last start due to forearm soreness, but shut down UMBC. Entering the game, Lee had not allowed an earned run in 31 innings, but the Retrievers got on the board in the first inning on junior catcher Hunter Dolshun’s RBI single. That was all he would allow…

It is hard to imagine that the Stony Brook Seawolves (11-3) would have a second half offensive outburst after the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays (9-7) limited them to two goals in the first 30 minutes, but they showed a sense of resiliency that has been present all season. A goal by Johns Hopkins sophomore attacker CeCe Finney put Stony Brook down 5-1 with 4:55 remaining in the first half. Stony Brook Head Coach Joe Spallina gave a motivational speech with his team down 5-2 at the half. It worked, as Stony Brook completed the comeback and won the game 10-7 on Sunday afternoon at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. “Every season, we talk about having a defining moment, and this was our defining moment,” Spallina said. “I told [the team], ‘We will come back and win this game. It’s going to take a little extra effort now that we’ve dug ourselves…

It was 4 a.m. on September 4, 2011, and Todd Scarola and his father, William, had just shaved their heads in preparation for surgery to remove a benign tumor the size of a golf ball from the 20-year-old’s brain. Scarola, who just finished his senior year as a Stony Brook ice hockey goaltender, noticed something was wrong a year earlier while playing hockey for Suffolk PAL. “I was in training camp in August of 2011, and I felt a shooting pain go right through my shoulder, and it was to the point where I couldn’t hold a five-pound goalie stick,” Scarola said. “I said, ‘Hey Dad, we’ve got to get this checked out.’” An MRI revealed a tear in Scarola’s rotator cuff, which he didn’t believe was a serious injury at the time. Further MRIs were taken, and eventually, an MRI of his brain revealed a tumor. “They said I…

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Rangers The Penguins are heading into playoffs red-hot, having won eight of their last 10. They have more offensive star power than the Rangers, which could be the key factor in this series. Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby is back to his old self, and Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist provide a solid supporting cast. Pittsburgh will likely be without Evgeni Malkin for at least the start of the first round. On the other hand, the team is optimistic that goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury will be ready to play in the first round. Kris Letang scored 67 points in 71 games for Pittsburgh and is a solid offensive-defenseman. The Rangers will be without captain Ryan McDonagh for at least the start of the series due to an upper-body injury, which is a serious blow to the team’s  defense. The Rangers got a combined 172 points from its…

Stony Brook (16-17-1) freshman designated player Irene Rivera drove in more than twice as many runs in Sunday’s doubleheader than Hartford (4-27) scored in the three-game weekend series. Rivera iced the first game with a three-run double to centerfield in the sixth inning, giving Stony Brook an 8-1 lead. She then scored on sophomore Chelsea Evans’ single, giving Stony Brook a 9-1 run-rule victory. “It’s always a good feeling to win and help the team out,” Rivera said. Senior left-handed pitcher Jane Sallen threw five innings in the Seawolves’s victory in the first game and improved to 11-10 on the season. She allowed one run on three hits and two walks, and struck out five batters. Stony Brook was solid defensively behind Sallen, especially in the fourth inning. Senior right fielder Kellie Reynolds threw out Hartford junior third baseman Danielle DeMarco at second base after she tried to stretch…