Any man, woman or child who proclaims him or herself to be a sports fan takes great pride in doing so. We choose sports, teams, and players to idolize and identify with to bolster up as our heroes and role models. This is often a decision driven by the shared qualities we recognize between our heroes and ourselves, like a certain attitude, a physical appearance, a set of values, or a history of success and excellence. In some cases it is a history of failure and shortcomings that help us relate to an athlete or team.
When one thinks of a college football or basketball game, the commonly generated are packed stadiums, tail-gating parties, and enthusiasm sparked by the student population. This common perception of college athletics is absent here at Stony Brook University where fan attendance, school spirit is extremely low.
Dressed in traditional all black jerseys, the Stony Brook Women’s Rugby team trampled over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, shutting them out 15-0 to win the Big Apple Classic on Saturday, April 26. The tournament win closes off a successful spring season for the Black Widows of Stony Brook who managed to find their way competing in numerous semi-final matches throughout the season.
The Stony Brook Women’s Softball team home-ran their way to a 4-2 victory over Albany, also winning the series 2-1 on Sunday, April 27. What appeared a stalemate for the first four innings of the game soon turned to batting practice for juniors Kelsi Fanelli (Audubon, NJ) and Molly Kestranek
Following the women’s victory cued by the vocals of Frank Sinatra’s New York New York, the men’s team warmed up for their game against Hofstra. With over 5,000 in attendance, the final home game of the season for Stony Brook turned out to be an eventful one.
Senior Day marked the first time in the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team’s history that the mighty Seawolves defeated Hofstra, leaving the Pride with nothing to be proud of. Six minutes into the first half, junior Kaitlin Leggio (Bay Shore, NY) pierced the stale mate with a riveting shot leaving Hofstra breathless.
April 20, 2008 was not a normal day at Stony Brook. The weather was very nice, it was sunny all day, and there was no class on 4/21 due to Passover. It was so amazing outside that people were making jokes about how they were thanking the Jews for canceling Monday classes the next day.