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Stony Brook Seawolves
Logo
University Stony Brook University
Conference America East
CAA (football only)
NCAA Division I FCS
Athletic director Shawn Heilbron
Location Stony Brook, NY
Varsity teams 20
Football stadium Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium
Basketball arena Stony Brook University Arena
Baseball stadium Joe Nathan Field
Other arenas Pritchard Gymnasium
Mascot Wolfie the Seawolf
Nickname Seawolves
Fight song We're the Red Hot Seawolves...
Colors
     Red       Grey
Website www.goseawolves.org

The Stony Brook Seawolves are the athletic teams of Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York, United States. The school is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and participates in the America East Conference for all sports except football in which they participate as an associate member of the Colonial Athletic Association. The official colors of the Seawolves are Red, Grey, and Blue.

The Seawolves currently field 20 varsity sports, including: baseball, men's & women's basketball, men's & women's cross country, football, men's & women's lacrosse, men's & women's soccer, softball, men's & women's swimming & diving, men's & women's tennis, men's & women's track & field and volleyball.

History[edit]

Name and mascot[edit]

The university began in 1957 at Oyster Bay, with the team then known as the Soundmen or Baymen.[1] The campus moved to its present location in 1962, and from 1960 to 1966, the programs competed as the Warriors. Beginning in 1966, the Stony Brook athletic teams were known as the Stony Brook Patriots.[2] In 1994, as Stony Brook anticipated a rise to Division I in the NCAA, the nickname of the team was changed to its present one today, the Seawolves. The Seawolf was said to be a mythical creature from the Tlingit tribe which brought good luck to those able to see it.[3]

The Stony Brook Seawolves mascot is known as "Wolfie" and has accompanied Stony Brook events since the new team nicknamed was introduced in the 1994 season, the inaugural season of Stony Brook as a Division-I school.[4]

Championships[edit]

Sport Regular Season Championships Conference Tournament Championships
Baseball 2011, 2012 2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014
Men's Basketball 2009-10, 2011–12, 2012–13
Women's Basketball
Football 2005°, 2009°, 2010°, 2011, 2012 N/A - No conference tournaments for Football
Men's Lacrosse 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 2002, 2010, 2012
Women's Lacrosse 2007, 2013, 2014 2013, 2014
Men's Soccer 2005 2005, 2009, 2011
Women's Soccer 2012
Softball 2014 2008, 2013
Men's Cross Country 2012
Women's Cross Country 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
Men's Tennis 2006
Women's Tennis 2012, 2013, 2014

° – Signifies Co-Champions

In March 2012, Lucy Van Dalen became Stony Brook's first NCAA individual National Champion after winning the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track championship.

Leagues[edit]

Stony Brook Seawolves teams participate in the non-football America East Conference in the Division I level of the NCAA. Stony Brook fields 10 sports for men and 10 Sports for women totaling 20 Division-I level teams. In 2008, Stony Brook joined the Big South Conference as an associate football-only member and will switch to CAA Football beginning in 2013.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The Stony Brook Seawolves facilities are all located on the west campus at Stony Brook, New York. Stony Brook is currently improving many of their facilities through funding by grants and donations of alumni to be completed in the upcoming years. The main facilities are:

  • Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium: Built in 2002, the 8,300 seat stadium serves as the home of the football, men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams.[6]
  • University Track: Recently underwent a $3 million renovation project and completed late in 2010–11 academic year, the track serves as the home of the Stony Brook Seawolves outdoor men's and women's track & field teams. The track also includes a field in the center used as a practice facility.[7]
  • Stony Brook Sports Complex: The main complex that houses offices and Pritchard Gymnasium.
  • Stony Brook University Arena: Currently under extensive renovation to become a state-of-the art athletic and entertainment destination, the 4,000 seat arena will again serve as the home of the men's and women's basketball teams beginning in Fall 2014. It is located in the west end of the Stony Brook Sport Complex.[8]
  • Pritchard Gymnasium: Built in the early 1960s, the 1,630-seat gymnasium is located within the larger Stony Brook Sports Complex and is currently the home of the men's and women's basketball teams and the volleyball team.[9]
  • Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center: The 8,000-square foot performance center began construction in mid-2011 and was completed with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 6, 2012. The facility was named after the Dubin Family who donated $4.3 million for the construction of the project, the largest private athletic donation in the SUNY system.[10]
  • Stony Brook Swimming Pool: Home to the Stony Brook Seawolves men's and women's swimming & diving teams. Located within the larger Stony Brook Sports Complex. Bleacher seating for 250 spectators. 25 yard length pool. Renovations scheduled for the 2012–13 athletic season. Swimming programs on hiatus until completion.
  • Joe Nathan Field: Home to the Seawolves baseball team. Recently underwent major renovation after a $500,000 donation from professional baseball player and Stony Brook alumni Joe Nathan. A 1,000 seat facility with a FieldTurf surface which also received a major donation from local organization for a new scoreboard.

Teams[edit]

Sport Coach Facility
Baseball Matt Senk Joe Nathan Field
Basketball (Men) Steve Pikiell Stony Brook Arena
Basketball (Women) Caroline McCombs Stony Brook Arena
Cross Country (Men & Women) Andy Ronan -
Football Chuck Priore Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Lacrosse (Men) Jim Nagle Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Lacrosse (Women) Joe Spallina Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Soccer (Men) Ryan Anatol Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Soccer (Women) Sue Ryan Kenneth P. Lavalle Stadium
Softball Megan Bryant University Field
Tennis (Men & Women) Gary Glassman University Courts
Track & Field (Men & Women) Andy Ronan University Track
Volleyball (Women) Coley Pawlikowski Pritchard Gymnasium

Football[edit]

From 1999 to 2006, Stony Brook was part of the D-I FCS Northeast Conference, winning a conference championship title in 2005. While spending the 2007 season as D-I independent Stony Brook joined the Division I FCS Big South Conference for the 2008 season as a football-only associate member. In its first season as a Big South member Stony Brook finished with a record of 5–6, 3–2 with a remarkable season finale 40-26 over VMI and winning four of their last five outings of that season. The Seawolves came back in the 2009 season showing a much more improved program. A strong season led the Seawolves to their first conference championship in the Big South with an impressive last-minute final game win against Liberty, 36–33, which proved to be the most important game of the season. The Seawolves shared the conference championship with Liberty finishing with a record of 6–5, 5–1 in the Big South. While in the off-season coach Chuck Priore received a contract extension through 2013. The 2010 season started with a non-Conference lost at South Florida, 59–14, but Stony Brook quickly recovered to beat American International 31–14. The Seawolves later on posted wins at every single conference game against the Big South to become 6-–4, 5–0 in the Big South as of November 18. In one of the biggest upsets of Seawolves football history, their automatic bid fades away as they fall to the Liberty Flames on November 20 in a 54–28 games creating a three-way tie for the FCS playoff and sending Coastal Carolina to the FCS Playoffs (Seawolves allowed 122 point against BSC, Liberty 110, and CC allowed 109 in tie-breaker) thus making the Seawolves Co-Champions of the Big South but eliminated from playoffs contention in the last day of the season. The Seawolves are 13–4 overall in Big South games since 2008.

After starting the 2011 season with losses against FBS UTEP Miners (24–31 OT), SUNY rivals Buffalo (7–35), and Brown (20-21) the team went on to win every following game of the season making program history as the Seawolves capped the regular season with a 41–31 victory against Big South Conference rivals, the Liberty Flames to clinch their third consecutive Big South Championship, first one outright and finished the season ranked #22/#24 in the Sports Network/Coaches Poll respectively. The Seawolves finished the season with a program record eight straight victories to advance Division I Football Championship Tournament for the first time after joining Division I football in 1999. With a soldout crowd at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium the Seawolves defeated SUNY rivals Albany 31–28 to advance to the second round. The team traveled to the Texas to face-off against top-seeded and undefeated Sam Houston State and fell to the Bearkats 27–34 to close their season 9-4.

Men's basketball[edit]

Since its insertion into Division I play, Stony Brook basketball has slowly been improving and level of play has increased while attendance has slowly surged. After lacking success in its initial seven years of the program, being in the bottom positions of the standings from 2002 to 2007, Stony Brook men's basketball has improved under the reign of Steve Pikiell and after back-to-back winning seasons the program has been lifted. The 2008–09 season was the first season Stony Brook held a winning record in Division I, ending 16–14 overall, 8–8 in the America East.

The 2009–2010 season in particular was the most successful in Stony Brook men's basketball to date and it was the first time the men's basketball team finished first in the AEC. The Seawolves reached the top of the America East Conference standings in men's basketball (number 1 seed), finishing with a school-record 13–3, 21–8 and later participating in the AEC Tournament. Participation in the tournament led Stony Brook to win Albany 68–59 to advance to the Semifinals. The semifinal game was a close and intense game resulting in a loss to Boston University, 70–63, falling short of reaching the NCAA tournament. Due to the recent success, Stony Brook was invited to participate in the NIT but fell in the first round to Illinois in a sellout crowd at the Stony Brook Sports Complex.

In the 2010–2011 season, the men's basketball received the largest broadcasting package to date including two games in the ESPN network, and a series of games on the MSG+PLUS network televised in the tristate area.[11] After a successful season, the Seawolves will attempt to qualify for the first time into the NCAA tournament but an injury to forward Tommy Brenton has placed doubt in the ability for Stony Brook to qualify.[12] The Seawolves began their season on November 12 falling at UConn 79–52 but quickly recovered on November 14 to post an 80–43 home-opener win against Mount Ida.[13][14] Two days later, the Seawolves were part of the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, beating Monmouth in a 51–49 game.

Stony Brook closed the 2010–11 season with an 8–8, 13–16 overall record and entered the America East tournament seeded as number 5 with a quarterfinal match-up against number 4 Albany. After two regular-season losses at Albany, the Seawolves used strong defense and a stellar offense to drag a 67-61 win at Hartford, with Chris Martin (senior) and Leonard Hayes(sophomore) leading the way. The semifinals were played the next day against number 1 Vermont, ending in an offensive effort by Stony Brook, who led from the beginning the to end, to capture a 69–47 win against a Vermont team who also swept them in the regular season. For the first time in Stony Brook's Division I program history, the Seawolves were to participate in the America East Championship game. Their next match-up was announced as the number 2 Boston Terriers. On March 12, the championship was hosted at Agganis Arena by America East Championship higher seed status. Again, Stony Brook with a strong first half offense and good defense led for almost the whole game by as much as 15 points. However, with less than a minute in the clock Boston ties the game for the first time, and then captures the win with a decisive foul on Stony Brook with 2 seconds of regulation left. Boston went on to win 56-54 to end the Seawolves hopes for their first-ever NCAA tournament bid.

The 2011-12 season saw the return of Junior Tommy Brenton to the team after red-shirting for a year due to a knee injury. The Seawolves embarked on a European tour in the summer, playing five games at Dublin, London, and Paris August 13–20 in preparation for the season.[15] The team opened the season against Indiana and went on to win their second America East regular-season championship in the past three years. Stony Brook finished the year 22–10 and advanced to the postseason NIT for the second time in three years.

Baseball[edit]

Stony Brook baseball has consistently been a winning program in the America East. Since joining Division I in 2002 it has won four Conference tournaments: 2004, 2008, 2010, and most recently in 2012. In the past two years, it has won back-to-back regular season championships. The Seawolves have participated NCAA tournament four times - winning their first game ever in the NCAA tournament in 2010 against North Carolina State.

The 2012 season would prove to be a breakthrough for Stony Brook baseball. The team won 10 consecutive games en route to their second consecutive regular season championship (21–3 in AE, 43–11 overall).

Stony Brook won the America East tournament to earn the program's fourth title, beating Maine 13–6 in the finals to advance to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament with a 46–11 record, the best record in Division I. For the first time in the history of the program, Stony Brook found itself ranked, at #25 in the Baseball America poll and #29 in the NCBWA poll.

Stony Brook played in the Coral Gables Regional as the fourth seed. The Seawolves topped Central Florida to win the regional and advance to face LSU in the Super Regionals. In the Super Regional, Stony Brook defeated the LSU Tigers and advanced to the College World Series. Stony Brook found itself ranked #7 in NCBWA poll, their highest ranking ever. The Seawolves suffered consecutive loses against UCLA and Florida State to end their run to the College World Series, finishing the season 52–13, the most wins by any Division I team in 2012.

Seven players from the Stony Brook baseball team were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft including first round draftee Travis Jankowski. Matt Senk was announced to be the 2012 National Coach of Year.

Playing facility: Joe Nathan Field
Head Coach: Matt Senk
Most Victories: 52 in 2012
NCAA Tournament Appearances: 4
College World Series Appearances: 1 in 2012
Super Regional Appearances: 2012
Last NCAA Appearance: 2012
America East Tournament Championships: 4 in 2004, 2008, 2010, and 2012
America East Regular Season Championships: 2 in 2011 and 2012
Players Drafted or Signed: 49
All-Americans: ?

Men's lacrosse[edit]

Stony Brook first fielded a lacrosse program in 1983 and since then holds an overall record 214 wins and 178 losses.[citation needed] Lacrosse entered Division I in the mid-1990s and joined the America East Conference in 2002 season. That same year, Stony Brook finished the season with 10–7, 3–2 America East record and also were the Conference tournament winners with an 8-6 win over the Albany Great Danes sending the Seawolves to their first ever Men's lacrosse NCAA Tournament in their initial year. After a successful 2002 season, the Seawolves went on to defend their conference title but loss to Albany 11–5 in the 2003 Semifinals. For the next five years the Seawolves fell out of the national spotlight not being able to be Regular season or tournament champions. However, in the 2007, the Seawolves were under their new head coach Rick Sowell who led them to winning seasons in 2007, 2008, and conference tournament runner-ups in 2009 being a win shy from their second NCAA tournament appearance.

In 2010, the Seawolves finished the season with a 13–4, 5–0 America East record and for the first time undefeated versus America East teams. Stony Brook continued its success in the America East tournament capturing wins to send them to NCAA tournament for their second time, this time, as the #8 seed. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, Stony Brook came out with a 9–7 victory against Denver, advancing for the first time to the quarterfinals against #1 seeded Virginia in which they lost 10-9.

In the 2011 season, Stony Brook was ranked #5(USILA Coaches Poll)/#8(Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll) in the preseason polls while Lacrosse Magazine ranked the team fourth in the nation for the 2011 season.[16] The Seawolves ended the regular season with a six-game winning streak and ending undefeated in AE play to earn the 1st seed in the tournament for the second straight year.[17] Jordan McBride and Rick Sowell were awarded the America East conference Player of the Year and Coach of the Year respectively.[18] Stony Brook headed to the third straight America East Championship against Hartford but lost 11–10. Stony Brook ended the season ranked #17 and did not qualify for a NCAA tournament at large bid.

The 2012 season introduced Jim Nagle as Head Coach of the program. Stony Brook lost NLL Top-Draftee Kevin Crowley and teammate Jordan McBride to graduation but added more than ten recruits. While struggling in their non-conference slate, Stony Brook won four of their five conference games to capture their fourth consecutive regular season championship. The team defeated Albany in the finals to advance to the NCAA tournament. Stony Brook faced off against John Hopkins, losing 19–9 to end their season.

Women's lacrosse[edit]

Following the hiring of Head Coach Joe Spallina, Stony Brook women's lacrosse improved in 2012. The team advanced to the America East Conference Championships, where they fell to Albany. Petersen was named the America East Player of the Year, as well as Stony Brook's first ever All-American.[19]

In the 2013 season, Stony Brook entered play rated in the preseason polls for the first time ever in school history. The Seawolves continued their success during the season. Following a win over University of Albany, Stony Brook was ranked 13th in both top national polls.[20] Undefeated n conference play and the America East playoffs, the Seawolves advanced to the NCAA tournament, defeating Towson University in the first round. Stony Brook fell in the second round to Maryland. Stony Brook finished the season with a 17–3 record and ranked #12 in the nation.

Men's soccer[edit]

After years of little success, Stony Brook turned around the program and won their first regular season championship in 2005 ending the regular season with an 11–4–3, 6–1–1 America East record en route to their first America East tournament championship. The team went on to the NCAA College Cup for the first time ever and defeated Yale by a 2–1 score at New Haven to advance to the second round. They would go on to face the Connecticut Huskies where they dropped a 2–0 decision. After four years of absence, the Seawolves returned the NCAA in 2009 but were ousted early in the first round. In 2010 they advanced to the America East semifinals but were defeated by eventual champions UMBC Retrievers by a score of 3–2. Chris Magaloudis, Petar Rakovic, and Michael Palacio are the first three players to sign professional contracts in Europe after graduation.

Ryan Anatol who previously coached at South Florida was announced to assume the head coaching duties of the soccer program. In November 13, 2011 the #2 Seawolves clinched their third America East Championship and their second in the past three seasons at LaValle Stadium against the Hartford Hawks with a 4-2 victory. They faced Monmouth in the first round eventually falling in Penalty kicks to close their season.

Rivalries[edit]

Albany Great Danes[edit]

Albany is Stony Brook's SUNY rival and has led to intense competition in sports like men's basketball and lacrosse. In men's Lacrosse, Stony Brook has met Albany in the America East Tournament nine out eleven years. Four of these meets have been in the America East Championship game (2002, 2005, 2010, 2012) which Stony Brook has held in three out of four occasions. Overall, Albany has a 5–4 record in the AE lacrosse Tournament against Stony Brook.

In Men's basketball, it has been a similar situation with Albany having more historical success overall in the NCAAs but has lost to Stony Brook in three straight America East Tournament games (2010, 2011, 2012).

Baseball has also seen some good moments as Albany eliminated Stony Brook in the 2011 AE tournament even though Stony Brook swept them in four straight games of the regular season. In 2010, Stony Brook faced off Albany in the America East Championship coming out victorious. In 2012, Stony Brook defeated Albany in three out of four regular season match ups in their memorable run to the College World Series.

In other sports the trend continued in 2011–12 as Stony Brook met Albany in America East Championship in Volleyball losing in three consecutive sets, Women's Lacrosse losing to Albany one game away from the NCAA, Men's soccer defeating the Great Danes to advance to the championship game and in Football as Stony Brook defeated Albany in the NCAA First round.

In August 2012, the Colonial Athletic Association announced that Albany and Stony Brook will be incoming football members for the 2013 season

Liberty Flames[edit]

Liberty has a football-only rivalry against Stony Brook. The two teams have been co-champions for the past two seasons (2009, 2010) and were chosen to finish first and second in the conference again for 2011. Since 2009 the Liberty-Stony Brook game has been schedule as the last game of the season. That same year, the Big South Championship came down to the last game of the season with Stony Brook snapping Liberty's four-game winning streak in the Big South with a 36–33 victory and sharing the Big South title with the Seawolves. In 2010, the Seawolves played Liberty and lost in the season-finale snapping Stony Brook perfect Big South record and eliminating the Seawolves from an FCS bid in a three-way tie for first place that was decide in points-against and thus given to Coastal Carolina. In 2011 both team entered the last game of the season undefeated in conference play. Stony Brook defeated Liberty 41–31 to advance to the playoff and snap liberty's winning streak and perfect record. Stony Brook finished the 2011 season 8–3, 6–0 while Liberty fell to 7–4, 5–1.

Hofstra Pride[edit]

The Seawolves and the Hofstra Pride have a geographical rivalry, a battle for Long Island supremacy. Despite Hofstra largely dominating the Seawolves in most sports, the rivalry has always been intense. Due to a Hofstra decision, the rivalry was put on hold and since 2009 Hofstra quit playing any games against the Seawolves. Hofstra has cut FCS football since 2009, ending the cross-island match ups. Stony Brook never beat the Hofstra football team, but the last few years proved to be more competitive games.

Club sports[edit]

Stony Brook University also participates in competitive athletics through various leagues, associations and unions not associated with the NCAA. Although not affiliated with the Athletics Department, these clubs fall under the purview of Campus Recreation. With over 25 men's, women's and co-ed teams, the sport clubs have embraced the new Seawolves mascot and compete across the United States and around the world.

Some of the larger and more well established programs are:

In addition to the opportunities that Sport Clubs provide, the success of the program depends heavily upon the student leaders of each individual club. These student leaders handle administrative decisions regarding their club.

Rugby[edit]

Founded in 1980, Stony Brook plays college rugby in the Empire Conference in Division I-AA. The Stony Brook Men's Rugby team is the first recorded athletic team to represent the Seawolves overseas, playing some of the toughest European competition against various Irish teams. Seawolves rugby won the Empire Conference in 2013 and again in 2014,[21] and were ranked in the top 25 nationally in 2014.[22] Stony Brook rugby has been led by head coach Jerry Mirro since 2013.

Fans and traditions[edit]

The Student Section at Stony Brook is known as the Red Zone. Red is the official color of Stony Brook Seawolves, and the fans at the section would be wearing red. The fans in the section known as the most spirited group of students in the University. They promote school spirit across the rest of the school. Students are admitted to games for free. More than a section, the Red Zone is also an undergraduate group devoted towards promoting school spirit and athletic events. They often participate in "dorm storming", increasing awareness of events by knocking on dorms across campus.

When students are asked "What's a Seawolf?", students will chant the response "I'm a Seawolf!"

The following are the Alma Mater, fight song and the athletic chant of "Go...Fight...Win!" played at the athletic events by the The Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band.[23]

Stony Brook's Alma Mater, Sandy Shore, was adopted in 1985 after a composition contest. Dr. Peter Winkler, a professor in the Department of Music, in conjunction with lyricist Winston Clark, wrote the winning submission. Carol Marburger, wife of former University President John Marburger, is credited as the guiding spirit behind the song.[24]

Alma Mater:

Sandy shore
Meeting the Northern sea
Ancient ground where newborn dreams arise
Scarlet, gray
Under azure skies
The morning of a lifetime lies in Stony Brook
Raise a grateful cheer for Stony Brook!

Youthful joys
Youthful folly, too
Ancient wisdom seen through youthful eyes
Lifelong friends
Bound by youthful ties
The morning of a lifetime lies in Stony Brook
Raise a grateful cheer for Stony Brook!

Fight Song:

We're the red-hot Seawolves of SBU,
We never stop fighting until the battle's through.
Let's go Stony Brook,
Let's go team,
Don't let go until you hear them scream:
Seawolves Rock,
Seawolves Rule!
Let's go Stony Brook the number one school.

Go...Fight...Win...:

Go, Fight, Win!
Go, Fight, Win!
SBU!
S-B-U!

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