Battle of Brooklyn (college rivalry)
|First meeting||February 25, 1976
St. Francis 83, Long Island 79
|Latest meeting||February 15, 2017
Long Island 82, St. Francis 45
|Trophy||Lai-Lynch MVP Trophy|
|All-time series||Long Island leads, 24–18|
|Largest victory||Long Island 82–45 (February 15, 2017)|
|Longest win streak||St. Francis, 5 (1999–2003)|
|Current win streak||Long Island, 1 (2017–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.
The Battle of Brooklyn started as an annual basketball game played between the basketball programs of Long Island University Brooklyn and St. Francis College. 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.
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. The Blackbirds lead the overall series 65–41 and the Battle of Brooklyn series 24–18.
- 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. 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.
- 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..."
Men's game results
|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||Darwin 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 15, 2017||Generoso Pope Athletic Complex||Long Island||82–45||Jerome Frink (LIU)||LIU 24–18|
|First meeting||February 26, 1994
Long Island 76, St. Francis 63
|Latest meeting||January 14, 2017
St. Francis 56, Long Island 54
|All-time series||Long Island leads, 13–11|
|Largest victory||Long Island 66–39 (February 4, 2010)|
|Longest win streak||Long Island, 4 (2000–2003)|
|Current win streak||St. Francis, 1 (2017–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 49–25 and the Battle of Brooklyn series 13–11.
Women's game results
Long Island victories shaded ██ black. St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.
|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||January 14, 2017||Steinberg Wellness Center||St. Francis||56–54||Kat Phipps (SFC)||LIU 13–11|
|First meeting||November 10, 2013
St. Francis 4, Long Island 0
|Latest meeting||November 6, 2016
St. Francis 1, Long Island 0
|Next meeting||November 3, 2017|
|All-time series||St. Francis leads, 3–1|
|Largest victory||St. Francis 4–0 (November 10, 2013)|
|Longest win streak||St. Francis, 2 (2013–2014)|
|Current win streak||St. Francis, 1 (2016–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. 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 23–21–3.
Men's game results
Long Island victories shaded ██ black. St. Francis victories are shaded ██ red.
|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||St. Francis||1–0||SFC 3–1–0|
|5||November 3, 2017||LIU Soccer Field||–|
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