Battle of Brooklyn (college rivalry)

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Battle of Brooklyn
Sport Basketball
First meeting February 25, 1976
St. Francis 83, Long Island 79
Latest meeting January 23, 2016
St. Francis 64, Long Island 49
Next meeting TBD
Trophy Lai-Lynch MVP Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 41
All-time series Long Island leads, 23–18
Largest victory Long Island 105–77 (February 16, 1996)
Longest win streak St. Francis, 5 (1999–2003)
Current win streak St. Francis, 2 (2015–present)

The Battle of Brooklyn rivalry is the rivalry between the Long Island University Blackbirds and St. Francis College Terriers. The Battle of Brooklyn is a fierce rivalry, particularly in men's college basketball, between the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers athletic teams. The intensity of the rivalry is augmented by the proximity of the two universities, located only one mile apart in Downtown Brooklyn. The name of the rivalry is in reference to the first major battle of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Brooklyn.[1]

Men's basketball[edit]

The Battle of Brooklyn started as an annual basketball game played between the basketball programs of Long Island University Brooklyn and St. Francis College.[2] The rivalry between the Terriers and the Blackbirds dates back to the 1928 season, when they first played one another, but the tradition of an annual game between the two programs began in the 1975–76 season predating when both teams joined the Northeast Conference in the 1981. At the conclusion of each game an MVP is announced and the winning team receives the Lai-Lynch Trophy, which honors William Lai and Daniel Lynch, the former Athletic Directors of Long Island and St. Francis, respectively.[1][3]

Both the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers and the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds compete in the Division I Northeast Conference. Although the two schools regularly play twice each regular season, only one of the games, usually the last, is officially designated as a Battle of Brooklyn game. The host of the designated Battle of Brooklyn alternates annually and is held at campus sites. The Blackbirds host their games at the Steinberg Wellness Center and the Terriers host their home contests at the Generoso Pope Athletic Complex. The 39th installment of the Battle of Brooklyn was held at the Barclays Center, the largest venue so far for the annual contest, with LIU Brooklyn as the hosts.[4] The Blackbirds lead the overall series 63–41 and the Battle of Brooklyn series 23–18.

Notable games[edit]

  • On February 22, 2003, the Terriers hosted the Blackbirds at The Pope and both teams set a NEC record for points in a game. The match-up went into double overtime and featured 282 points, with St. Francis winning 142-140.
  • The Blackbirds first game at the Steinberg Wellness Center was on January 26, 2006 against Sacred Heart. Yet the grand opening of the Steinberg Wellness Center was for the Long Island vs. St. Francis men's basketball game on February 27, 2006.[5] The wait until the Battle of Brooklyn game for the grand opening of the Wellness Center is a testament to the rivalry's importance to both Schools. The Blackbirds previously held their home games at the Schwartz Athletic Center.[6]
  • On February 6, 2010, the Blackbirds and Terriers went into triple overtime in the annual Battle of Brooklyn game. The Terriers were eventually able to beat the Blackbirds. After the game former LIU head coach Jim Ferry had this to say: "A 10-point lead in a Battle of Brooklyn game is never safe. I’ve been through this before, I think this is my third overtime game in this series..."[7]

Men's game results[edit]

Battle of Brooklyn (college rivalry) is located in New York City
SFC
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Locations of the campuses in New York City
The Battle of Brooklyn plaque listing the past men's basketball winners since 1976

Long Island victories shaded ██ black.[8] St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.[9]

# Date Site Winner Score MVP Series
1 February 25, 1976 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 83–79 Jerome Williams (SFC) SFC 1–0
2 1976–77 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 114–92 Gerard Trapp (SFC) Tied 1–1
3 1977–78 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 64–61 John N. Bailer (LIU) LIU 2–1
4 1978–79 Neutral Location St. Francis 82–72 Manny Figueroa (SFC) Tied 2–2
5 December 3, 1979 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 91–69 Robert Cole (LIU) LIU 3–2
6 January 14, 1981 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 85–67 Rudy Johnson (LIU) LIU 4–2
7 January 18, 1982 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 98–82 Riley Clarida (LIU) LIU 5–2
8 January 5, 1983 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 81–72 Kevin Henry (SFC) LIU 5–3
9 February 4, 1984 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 88–81 Carey Scurry (LIU) LIU 6–3
10 December 7, 1984 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 68–63 Walter Jordan (LIU) LIU 7–3
11 January 4, 1986 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 76–66 Andre Evan (LIU) LIU 8–3
12 January 3, 1987 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 94–91OT Darrwin Purdie (SFC) LIU 8–4
13 December 12, 1987 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 66–63 Glenn Daniels (LIU) LIU 9–4
14 February 20, 1989 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 79–77OT Freddie Burton (LIU) LIU 10–4
15 January 6, 1990 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 74–63 John Arnold (SFC) LIU 10–5
16 February 9, 1991 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 117-1152OT Brent McCollin (LIU) LIU 11–5
17 February 8, 1992 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 97–94 Lynn Smith (SFC) LIU 11–6
18 January 28, 1993 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 107–98 Lou Meyers (SFC) LIU 11–7
19 January 4, 1994 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 78–67 Bryan Willcox (SFC) LIU 11–8
20 January 5, 1995 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 74–61 Joe Griffin (LIU) LIU 12–8
21 February 19, 1996 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 105–77 Dave Masciate (LIU) LIU 13–8
22 January 25, 1997 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 68–64 Mike Campbell (LIU) LIU 14–8
23 February 18, 1998 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 86–71 Mike Campbell (LIU) LIU 15–8
24 January 11, 1999 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 74–68 Ray Mineland (SFC) LIU 15–9
25 January 19, 2000 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 66–63 Herberth Reyes (SFC) LIU 15–10
26 January 13, 2001 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 81–63 Steven Howard (SFC) LIU 15–11
27 February 25, 2002 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 108–94OT Jason Morgan (SFC) LIU 15–12
28 February 22, 2003 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 142–1402OT Cliff Strong (SFC) LIU 15–13
29 February 21, 2004 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 78–75 Brandon Thomas (LIU) LIU 16–13
30 February 10, 2005 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 77–68 Allan Sheppard (SFC) LIU 16–14
31 February 27, 2006 Steinberg Wellness Center Long Island 67–64 James Williams (LIU) LIU 17–14
32 February 11, 2007 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 82–79OT James Williams (LIU) LIU 18–14
33 February 21, 2008 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 67–64 Kayode Ayeni (SFC) LIU 18–15
34 February 28, 2009 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 66–54 Ron Manigault (LIU) LIU 19–15
35 February 6, 2010 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 88–843OT Ricky Cadell (SFC) LIU 19–16
36 February 12, 2011 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 82–80 C. J. Garner (LIU) LIU 20–16
37 February 12, 2012 Steinberg Wellness Center Long Island 81–78 Jamal Olasewere (LIU) LIU 21–16
38 January 24, 2013 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 78–68 C. J. Garner (LIU) LIU 22–16
39 February 16, 2014 Barclays Center Long Island 69–68 Jason Brickman (LIU) LIU 23–16
40 January 31, 2015 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 81–64 Brent Jones (SFC) LIU 23–17
41 January 23, 2016 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 64–49 Chris Hooper (SFC) LIU 23–18
42 February 16, 2017 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex

Women's basketball[edit]

Battle of Brooklyn
Sport Basketball
First meeting February 26, 1994
Long Island 76, St. Francis 63
Latest meeting March 2, 2015
Long Island 65, St. Francis 62
Next meeting TBD
Trophy MVP Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 23
All-time series Long Island leads, 13–10
Largest victory Long Island 66–39 (February 4, 2010)
Longest win streak Long Island, 4 (2000–2003)
Current win streak Long Island, 1 (2016–present)

During the 1993–94 season the women's basketball programs of St. Francis College and Long Island University contested their first official Battle of Brooklyn. Since February 21, 1975 when the two teams first met, LIU leads the overall series 48–24 and the Battle of Brooklyn series 13–10.[10]

Women's game results[edit]

Long Island victories shaded ██ black. St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.[11]

# Date Site Winner Score MVP Series
1 February 26, 1994 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 76–63 Nicole Thomas (LIU) LIU 1–0
2 February 25, 1995 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 90–76 Christine Cunningham (SFC) Tied 1–1
3 January 18, 1996 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 75–53 Dot Guerriero (SFC) SFC 2–1
4 February 22, 1997 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 81–68 Danielle Florello (LIU) Tied 2–2
5 January 17, 1998 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 90–80 Christine Taps (SFC) SFC 3–2
6 January 7, 1999 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 71–50 Carolyn Harvey (SFC) SFC 4–2
7 February 9, 2000 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 68–46 Kim MacMillian (LIU) SFC 4–3
8 January 31, 2001 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 80–72 Tamika Dudley (LIU) Tied 4–4
9 January 7, 2002 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 70–57 Tamika Dudley (LIU) LIU 5–4
10 February 27, 2003 Schwartz Athletic Center Long Island 73–55 Tamika Dudley (LIU) LIU 6–4
11 March 1, 2004 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 58–57OT Britiny Porter (SFC) LIU 6–5
12 February 21, 2005 Schwartz Athletic Center St. Francis 62–57 Kim Bennett (SFC) Tied 6–6
13 January 23, 2006 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 64–52 Amber Wirth (LIU) LIU 7–6
14 December 7, 2006 Steinberg Wellness Center Long Island 59–54 Valerie Nainima (LIU) LIU 8–6
15 March 3, 2008 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 62–49 Valerie Nainima (LIU) LIU 9–6
16 January 17, 2009 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 49–48 Kara Ayers (SFC) LIU 9–7
17 February 4, 2010 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 66–39 Chelsi Johnson (LIU) LIU 10–7
18 February 14, 2011 Steinberg Wellness Center Long Island 64–41 Ashley Palmer (LIU) LIU 11–7
19 February 15, 2012 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 60–53 Ashley Palmer (LIU) LIU 12–7
20 January 28, 2013 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 69–58 Leah Fechko (SFC) LIU 12–8
21 March 3, 2014 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex St. Francis 66–50 Sarah Benedetti (SFC) LIU 12–9
22 March 2, 2015 Steinberg Wellness Center St. Francis 73–49 Sarah Benedetti (SFC) LIU 12–10
23 February 13, 2016 Generoso Pope Athletic Complex Long Island 62–65OT Shanice Vaughan (LIU) LIU 13–10
24 TBD Steinberg Wellness Center

Men's soccer[edit]

Battle of Brooklyn
Sport Soccer
First meeting November 10, 2013
St. Francis 4, Long Island 0
Latest meeting November 9, 2015
Long Island 1, St. Francis 0
Next meeting TBD
Trophy Ramirez-Tramontozzi Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total 3
All-time series St. Francis leads, 2–1
Largest victory St. Francis 4–0 (November 10, 2013)
Longest win streak St. Francis, 2 (2013–2014)
Current win streak Long Island, 1 (2015–present)

Starting in 2013, the men's soccer programs for LIU and St. Francis College formalized their rivalry by naming their annual match a Battle of Brooklyn and awarding a trophy. The trophy is called the Ramirez-Tramontozzi trophy and recognizes former men's soccer coaches Arnie Ramirez and Carlos Tramontozzi, from LIU and St. Francis respectively. Both coaches were life-long friends and greatly influenced their respective programs.[12] St. Francis Brooklyn captured the inaugural trophy on LIU's field on November 10, 2013, behind a 4–0 performance. Since the 1970 season, when the two programs first met LIU leads the overall series 22–20–3.

Men's game results[edit]

Long Island victories shaded ██ black. St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.

# Date Site Winner Score Series
1 November 10, 2013 LIU Soccer Field St. Francis 4–0 SFC 1–0–0
2 November 9, 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5 St. Francis 2–0 SFC 2–0–0
3 November 8, 2015 LIU Soccer Field Long Island 1–0 SFC 2–1–0
4 November 6, 2016 Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Rivalry's all good in the neighborhood". espn.com. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Battle of Brooklyn has a little extra on the line this week". usatoday.com. February 7, 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "2010-11 Men's Basketball Media Guide". SFC Athletics. p. 39. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "LIU Brooklyn vs St. Francis Brooklyn". barclayscenter.com. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center". liuathletics.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "2009-2010 Men's Basketball News and Notes" (PDF). northeastconference.org. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "2012-2013 LIU Men's Basketball Record Book" (PDF). liuathletics.com. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  9. ^ "St. Francis (NY) Terriers". Sports-reference.com. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "LIU WBB Record Book" (PDF). LIUAthletics.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  11. ^ "2009-2010 St. Francis (NY) Terriers women's basketball Media Guide". SFCAthletics.com. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  12. ^ "St. Francis Brooklyn & LIU Brooklyn Play For More Than Bragging Rights This Sunday". SFCAthletics.com. Retrieved 27 October 2015. 

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