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Spring Playoff Schedule

May 13, 2022
Morgan Ruggieri (left) & Alexis Savage lead the Bears into the postseason (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

[Updated 5/21 @ 11:45 pm]

Flowers blooming and end-of-year celebrations on the horizon signal that Stony Brook’s 100th spring athletic season is rapidly drawing to a close. It will already be remembered as a historic one, thanks to the first girls’ lacrosse regular season championship in team history, but there are many exciting contests still ahead of us.

This page is your headquarters for all information related to our various playoff events. It will be updated with results and next round information.

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Badminton

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Long Island Lutheran [Won, 11-0]

  • Mon. May 16 @ 4:30pm – Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #2 Knox School [Won, 8-3]

  • Wed. May 18 @ 4:00pm – Stony Brook

Baseball

NYSAIS Tournament Quarterfinals vs. #10 Long Island Lutheran [Won, 10-0]

  • Sat. May 21 @ 2:00pm – Stony Brook

NYSAIS Tournament Semifinals vs. #3 Fieldston

  • Mon. May 23 @ 3:30pm – Stony Brook

Dinghy Sailing

MASSA Gold Fleet Championship & Mallory Qualifier [3rd Place]

  • Sat. May 14–Sun. May 15 – Christchurch, VA

New York State Championship [1st Place]

  • Sat. May 21–Sun. May 22 – Oyster Bay, NY

Mallory National Fleet Race Championship

  • Sat. June 4–Sun. June 5 – San Diego, CA

Girls’ Lacrosse

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Staten Island Academy [Won, 14-7]

  • Wed. May 11 @ 4:30pm – Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #3 Long Island Lutheran [Lost, 8-10]

  • Fri. May 13 @ 3:30pm – Cantiague Park

NYSAIS Tournament Quarterfinals vs. #7 Poly Prep [Lost, 10-14]

  • Sat. May 21 @ 10:00am – Stony Brook

Rowing

New York State Scholastic Championship

  • Sat. May 14–Sun. May 15 – Saratoga Springs, NY

Boys’ Tennis

PSAA Semifinals vs. #2 Avenues [Lost, 1-4]

  • Tue. May 17 @ 4:30pm – USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Boys’ Track & Field

PSAA Championship [2nd Place]

  • Thur. May 12 @ 3:45pm – Stony Brook

NYSAIS Championship

  • Wed. May 25 @ 1:30pm – Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island

Girls’ Track & Field

PSAA Championship [2nd Place]

  • Thur. May 12 @ 3:45pm – Stony Brook

NYSAIS Championship

  • Wed. May 25 @ 1:30pm – Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island

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Sailors Retain State Title in Thriller

May 21, 2022
Beaver (left) & Lunati in action this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon, the depth and heart of the sailing program was on full display as a shorthanded squad valiantly retained the State Championship crown.

Despite missing the services of Steven Hardee and Gavin Hudson, who last weekend helped the Bears earn the first National Championship berth in program history, the Bears came through when it mattered most to edge Rye Country Day School by a single point.

The teams found still waters when they arrived at Oyster Bay’s Waterfront Center at 9:00am. Seven hours later the wind finally cooperated, allowing six races to go off in two divisions between 4:00pm and 6:00pm. The Division A squad of Jeremy Lunati and Sean Beaver earned finishes of 6th, 6th, and 3rd in their three races to accumulate 15 points and nab a 4th place finish.

In Division B, Harry Fredericks and Mairead Reitzel nabbed 4th and 2nd place finishes before setting up a final race in which they needed a 1st place finish to earn the overall victory. The tandem did just that, securing top billing just ahead of Rye Country Day to clinch the team title.

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Results

RankSchoolDivision ADivision BTotal
1 Stony Brook School (1)15722
2Rye Country Day101323
3*Rye HS (1)32225
4*Rye HS (2)131225
5Stony Brook School (2)18826
6Greenwich Country Day211233
7Mamaroneck HS (2)162036
8Mamaroneck HS (1)172138
9Southwestern Central HS222042
*Head-to-head tiebreaker

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Baseball Rolls into State Final 4

May 21, 2022
Franco in action at Andover (PC: Gabriella Sun)

Long Island’s traditional week of spring weather ended today as feel temperatures soared near 90 degrees, but the baseball team remained the hottest thing on Jeff Adams Field as they topped Long Island Lutheran, 10-0, in the NYSAIS Tournament Quarterfinals.

Since April 25, the Bears have compiled a record of 9-1 with their only loss coming against Phillips Academy Andover, the top-ranked team in New England. Over those 10 games the Bears averaged 9.1 runs while allowing a scant 2.2 runs per game as a youthful but immensely talented group continues find its stride at the right time.

This afternoon was a triumphant playoff return for the Bears who lost in the NYSAIS quarterfinals in 2019, the last year the tournament was held followed by a two-year COVID-19 hiatus. This time around, in the first home state tournament game in team history, the Bears made the most of their opportunity and became just the sixth team in Stony Brook Athletics history to earn a berth in the State Final Four.

Jojo Franco took the ball for the Brook and needed just nine pitches to sit down LuHi in order, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a fly out to right. In the bottom half, LuHi recorded two quick outs before the Bears staged a rally that began when a pesky Tyler Jones used his speed to register an infield single before stealing second and third. Following a Logan Charboneau walk, Aaron Babaev’s high pop found the grass in the Bermuda Triangle between left, center, and shortstop to plate the Bears’ first run.

In the top of the 2nd, Franco yielded a leadoff double, but a heads up play on a fielder’s choice by Jayden Stroman erased the runner bound for third for a big momentum play. A fly out and a walk followed before Franco ended the inning with a strikeout. The Blue & White threatened in the 2nd, but headed to the 3rd still clinging to a 1-0 lead. In the 3rd, Franco bent but refused to break as he walked three batters, threw a wild pitch, and overthrew second base on a pick-off attempt, and yet did not yield a run as the Bears’ ace struck out three in the inning to keep the Brook in the lead.

The Bear offense finally gained some breathing room in the bottom of the 3rd as they rang up four more runs coming with two outs. Charboneau walked and stole second between a pair of strikeouts before Seth Laureano doubled the lead with a two-bagger into right center. 2-0. A wild pitch sent Laureano to third before Franco helped his cause with a single to left field that put the Brook up 3-0. A pair of walks to Sam Ribeiro DiCanio and Alex Baaden loaded the bases and forced LuHi’s starter from the game before Stroman welcomed the new hurler with an infield single that, coupled with a throwing error from the shortstop, brought home two more runs and a 5-0 lead.

Franco again worked in and out of trouble in the 4th when he walked two with one out before Baaden tracked down a tough fly out in center and Jones made a slick play on a grounder to third to end the inning. The Bears tacked on another run in the bottom half when Charboneau sent a line drive to left, stole second, and came home on a Babaev single. 6-0.

Jacob Lippe came on in relief in the 5th and the freshman showed tremendous poise as he shook off a leadoff double with a 1-3 ground out and a strikeout. Two walks followed to load the bases, but the Bears got out of the inning when Devon McMorris gunned down a baserunner following a wild pitch to end the threat. In the bottom half, the Bears lit up another crooked number on the scoreboard to trigger the 10-run mercy rule. Baaden reached on an E4, Stroman was hit by a pitch, and Sebastian Perez walked before Jones was hit by a pitch to force in a run.7-0. A Charboneau sacrifice fly and a Laureano walk followed for two more runs before Jones emphatically sent the Bears into the state semifinals by stealing home and ending the game.

Franco earned the win with four gutsy innings, yielding just 1 hit while ringing up 7 strikeouts. Laureano and Stroman each had 2 RBIs and Jones and Charboneau each had 2 runs on a day when contributions came from everyone on the field.

The Bears now move on to Monday’s semifinal vs. #3 Fieldston at 3:30pm on Jeff Adams Field.

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Stony Brook State Final 4 Teams

2022Baseballvs. Long Island Lutheran
2017Boys Basketballvs. Millbrook
2009Girls Soccervs. S. S. Seward
2009Girls Basketballvs. Tuxedo
2008Girls Soccervs. North Salem
1998Boys Soccervs. S. S. Seward

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Badminton Claims PSAA Championship

May 19, 2022
Riley in action this season (PC: Faith Liberatore)

They had to wait 1,100 days, but yesterday afternoon the badminton team finally had the opportunity to defend their 2019 PSAA Championship. That year they swept Long Island Lutheran, 11-0, for the league’s inaugural badminton crown, then had to wait over three years for the chance to repeat due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Bears made it worth the wait with a gutsy performance, that included three three-set wins, in an 8-3 victory over the Knox School.

In their two match-ups with the Falcons this season, the Bears earned a convincing 9-2 win at home before edging Knox, 6-5, on Long Beach Road. Yesterday afternoon, the upstart Falcons came into Swanson Gymnasium ready for a clash with the incumbent kings, setting up a thrilling afternoon of badminton.

Andrew Wong dropped his opening 2nd singles set, 12-15, before battling back to win the final two sets, 15-11 and 19-17, for a thrilling win. Aidan Riley gave the Brook an early point with a 15-5, 15-5 win at 3rd singles, which earned him Championship MVP honors. The girls’ singles players also took two out of the three matches as Katrina Deng followed a strong 15-8 first set win with a taut 16-14 comeback victory at 1st singles that gave her a measure of redemption after a tough match at Knox several weeks ago. Rebecca Pan followed with a 15-12, 9-15, 15-7 win at 2nd singles that gave the Bears a key early point. She showed tremendous poise in adjusting her strategy in the third set by sending lob shots into the back corners to move her aggressive opponent away from the net.

On the doubles side, David Chang and Leo Lin battled to a key win at 2nd doubles that elicited numerous loud cheers from the far side of Swanson Gymnasium. After squandering a triple-set point opportunity in their opening round 15-17 loss, they recovered for a thrilling 17-15 second set win before putting the match away with a 15-12 third set victory. The girls’ doubles teams won both of their matches convincingly as Erin He and Ariel Yu (15-4, 15-7) and Annie Cao and Ivy Sung (15-1, 15-3) helped the Blue & White gain a cushion against the Falcons. Ethan Rao and Irene Qin won their mixed doubles match, 15-7, 15-8, to close out a resounding victory and keep the Bears firmly planted on the PSAA Badminton throne.

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NYSAIS Track Rankings

May 17, 2022
Davey is one of the fastest 8th-graders in America (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The warm temperatures and deep competition from last Thursday’s PSAA Championship provided fertile ground for some of the best track and field performances of the year. Nick Zemitis (high jump) and Zach Mogambi (discus) currently lead NYSAIS in their respective events while Scarlett Davey is 3rd overall in the 400 meters, #1 among all New York eighth-graders and the #18 eighth-grader in the nation.

Here is a look at where the Bears stack up on the NYSAIS top 10 lists.

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Bears in NYSAIS Top 10

Girls’ 100 Meters

  • 10th: Scarlett Davey – 13.15

Girls’ 200 Meters

  • 10th: Scarlett Davey – 27.63

Girls’ 400 Meters

  • 3rd: Scarlett Davey – 60.47

Girls’ 100 Meter Hurdles

  • 6th: Lilly Keegan – 17.30
  • 9th: Niamh Scanlon – 18.27

Girls’ 400 Meter Hurdles

  • 5th: Evelyn Apazidis – 70.43

Girls’ High Jump

  • 3rd (5-way tie): Lilly Keegan – 4′ 8″
  • 8th (10-way tie): Lily Middlekauff – 4′ 6″
  • 8th (10-way tie): Niamh Scanlon – 4′ 6″

Boys’ High Jump

  • 1st: Nick Zemitis – 6′ 0″

Girls’ Long Jump

  • 6th: Niamh Scanlon – 15′ 11.5″
  • 7th: Lilly Keegan – 15′ 10″

Boys’ Long Jump

  • 7th: Nick Zemitis – 20′ 0″

Girls’ Triple Jump

  • 3rd: Lilly Keegan – 34′ 5.5″

Boys’ Triple Jump

  • 9th: David Song – 38′ 8″

Boys’ Discus

  • 1st: Zach Mogambi – 139′ 7″
  • 9th: Klod Berdica – 115′ 5″

Girls’ 4×100 Relay

  • 6th: Stony Brook – 53.43

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Badminton Sweeps LuHi in PSAA Semis

May 17, 2022
Yu in action this season (PC: Faith Liberatore)

Yesterday afternoon, the badminton team took care of business in an 11-0 PSAA semifinal sweep over Long Island Lutheran.

The top-seeded Bears made quick work of their league rivals as Glen Choi (15-5, 15-3), Daniel Kim (15-0, 15-10), Aidan Riley (15-2, 15-3), Irene Qin (15-1, 15-2), Rebecca Pan (15-1, 15-6), and Nancy Zhang (15-3, 15-3) dominated at singles while the doubles tandems of David Liu and Steven Yu (15-4, 15-6), Richard Lu and William Tao (15-7, 13-15, 15-9), Erin He and Ariel Yu (15-3, 15-7), Annie Cao and Katrina Deng (15-5, 15-7), and mixed doubles (Forfeit) nailed down the victory.

The Bears move on to face #2 Knox School in the PSAA Championship this Wednesday at 4:00pm in Swanson Gymnasium.

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Sailing Clinches Berth at Nationals

May 17, 2022
Hardee (left) & Reitzel in action this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

A lofty dream that for many years lived only in conversations in the Falcon’s Nest became a reality over the weekend when the dinghy sail team clinched a spot in the Mallory National Fleet Race Championship, the biggest scholastic regatta in the country. The elusive milestone, which the Bears came within a single place of attaining last spring, was achieved when the Brook took the third of the top four spots in the MASSA Fleet Championship held in Christchurch, VA on Saturday and Sunday.

Sailing against 17 of the best teams in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states in 12 races across two divisions, the Bears proved themselves worthy of inclusion in the nation’s premier race. Saturday morning on the Rappahanock River began with dense fog and no wind, prompting a two-hour delay. When the wind finally picked up, four Division A races and three Division B races went off before the wind evaporated and racing was called with the Bears in 2nd place overall. Sunday morning began in a similar fashion and racing was delayed until 8-12 mph southerly winds kicked up, allowing for some spirited sailing.

The Division A tandem of Steven Hardee and Sean Beaver earned finishes of 2nd, 2nd, 5th, 12th, 8th, and 7th to finish with 36 points and a tie for 4th. Gavin Hudson and Mairead Reitzel took 3rd place in Division B thanks to finishes of 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, and 7th. The 61 combined points across both divisions gave the Brook a 3rd place finish overall and a spot at Nationals, which begin June 4 in San Diego, CA.

The team is back in action this weekend in Oyster Bay as they look to repeat as New York State Champions.

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Results

RankSchoolDivision ADivision BTotal
1Severn School (MD)9817
2Christchurch School (VA)302656
3Stony Brook School (NY)362561
4Norfolk Collegiate School (VA)491867
5Norfolk Academy (VA)343771
6Archbishop Spalding (MD)395998
7Christian Brothers Academy (NJ)5745102
8Broadneck HS (MD)4657103
9St. Mary’s (MD)6560125
10*Gilman School (MD)3690126
11*Annapolis HS (MD)8145126
12Donovan Catholic (NJ)6463127
13Mamaroneck HS (NY)6865133
14Kecoughtan HS (VA)5191142
15*Southern Regional HS (NJ)9469163
16*Fairport HS (NY)8182163
17Toms River North HS (NJ)8784171
18Brighton HS (NY)102104206
*Tiebreaker: High-place finishes

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Track Teams Runners-Up at PSAA Championships

May 14, 2022
Song was named the boys’ meet MVP (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Thursday afternoon, a gorgeous May day was the backdrop for the 32nd Annual PSAA Track & Field Championships, held for the third time in four years on the Marvin W. Goldberg Track.

This year’s championship marked the return of the Dalton School, which had not competed in the event since 2019. The Tigers brought depth at every event and won both the boys’ and girls’ titles, but the Bears turned in numerous memorable performances and saw a slew of personal records fall.

The boys crowned seven individual champions along with one relay, led by David Song’s three titles in the 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, and triple jump that earned him meet boys’ MVP honors. Nick Zemitis was a double winner in the long jump and high jump, and his 6′ 0″ mark in the latter was one of the highlights of the afternoon. Klod Berdica (shot put) and Zach Mogambi (discus) power Bear sweeps in the throws, and Tony Ying, Nick Candela, Mogambi, and Zemitis joined forces to win the 4×100 relay. On the girls’ side, Lilly Keegan repeated as the league high jump champion with a height of 4′ 8″.

The girls racked up 158 points to best Long Island Lutheran (16), Lexington (12), and Kew-Forest (7) and trail only Dalton (272). The boys’ results came down to the final few events as Dalton finished with 217 to edge the Bears (211) who easily distanced themselves from Kew-Forest (24), Long Island Lutheran (9), and Martin Luther (9).

Several individuals will now continue on to the 23rd Annual NYSAIS Championships which will be held on May 25 at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.

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Boys’ Place Results

100

  • 3rd: Nick Zemitis – 11.60

200

  • 3rd: Tony Ying – 24.37

800

  • 2nd: Kevin Kiprotich Kirui – 2:09.11

1600

  • 2nd: Kevin Kiprotich Kirui – 4:52.57

110 Hurdles

  • 1st: David Song – 17.37
  • 2nd: Max Cao – 20.22

400 Hurdles

  • 1st: David Song – 63.17
  • 3rd: Joe Barisic Cubillas – 69.13

High Jump

  • 1st: Nick Zemitis – 6′ 0″
  • 3rd: Anthony Zajac – 5′ 3″

Long Jump

  • 1st: Nick Zemitis – 20′ 0″

Triple Jump

  • 1st: David Song – 38′ 8″
  • 3rd: Hunter Magnuson – 37′ 8″

Discus

  • 1st: Zach Mogambi – 139′ 7″
  • 2nd: Klod Berdica – 115′ 5″
  • 3rd: Kiet Nguyen – 100′ 3″

Shot Put

  • 1st: Klod Berdica – 38′ 6″
  • 2nd: Zach Mogambi – 36′ 0″
  • 3rd: Kiet Nguyen – 32′ 1″

4×100 Relay

  • 1st: Stony Brook (Ying, Nick Candela, Mogambi & Zemitis) – 46.72

4×400 Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook (Song, Eason Pu, Nathan Kodua & Magnuson) – 3:58.27

4×800 Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook (Kiprotich, Barisic Cubillas, Andy Wang & Zajac) – 9:36.63

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Girls’ Place Results

200

  • 3rd: Scarlett Davey – 27.98

400

  • 2nd: Scarlett Davey – 60.47

800

  • 2nd: Evelyn Apazidis – 2:31.03

3000

  • 3rd: Evelyn Apazidis – 12:46.77

100 Hurdles

  • 2nd: Lilly Keegan – 17.30

400 Hurdles

  • 2nd: Evelyn Apazidis – 70.43

High Jump

  • 1st: Lilly Keegan – 4′ 8″

Long Jump

  • 2nd: Niamh Scanlon – 15′ 11.5″
  • 3rd: Lilly Keegan – 15′ 10″

Triple Jump

  • 2nd: Lilly Keegan – 34′ 5.5″

Discus

  • 2nd: Chaeli Quitzau – 57′ 4″

Shot Put

  • 2nd: Daido Ouattara – 26′ 0″

4×100 Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook (Naomi Zhao, Quinn Davey, Jade Sinclair & Scarlett Davey) – 53.43

4×400 Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook (Mindy Yoder, Sinclair, Carmen Alvarez Herrero & Q. Davey) – 5:12.58

4×800 Relay

  • 2nd: Stony Brook (Megan Sun, Emily Shu, Yoder & Apazidis) – 13:21.31

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Bears Trounce Familiar Foe to Close Season

May 12, 2022
Rodriguez in action at Andover (PC: Gabriella Sun)

On Wednesday afternoon, the baseball team closed the regular season with a 12-3 win over former rival Southold in their first match-up on Oaklawn Avenue in four years.

The Bears opened the scoring in the 2nd inning when Seth Laureano led off with a walk before coming home on a Jojo Franco single and an error by the right fielder. Franco later scored on a passed ball before RBI singles by Alex Baaden and Sebastian Perez gave the Brook a 4-0 lead. Aaaron Babaev needed just 11 pitches to get through the bottom of the 2nd before running into a bit of trouble in the 3rd. After the sophomore sat down the first two batters of the inning, the Settlers staged a rally, loading the bases on a hit by pitch and a pair of walks before a walk and a double cut their deficit back to 3-4. Babaev recovered to strike out the last batter of the inning, then threw up a zero in the 4th after the Bear offense broke it open in the top half.

A Franco single, a Sam Ribeiro DiCanio hit by pitch, and a Jadden Rodriguez single plated the first run of the inning. A Baaden sacrifice fly, an Isaiah Gibbs double, a Perez single, and a two-run error by the shortstop gave the Brook a commanding 10-3 lead they would not relinquish. The Brook added two more runs in the 6th on an E1 and a Tyler Jones single and Rodriguez and Ribeiro DiCanio yielded just two combined hits over the final three innings to shutdown the Settler offense and nail down the win.

Now the Bears wait to see if they have earned an at-large bid into the NYSAIS Tournament. They will find out their postseason fate tomorrow.

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Girls’ Lax Earns Redemption & 1st Title Berth

May 12, 2022

Last year, the girls’ lax team topped Staten Island Academy twice during the regular season before falling to the Tigers in a home semifinal match-up. After the Bears beat the Tigers twice this season, including a 17-4 win on Monday, the stage was set for a chance at redemption.

Yesterday afternoon, the Tigers assured the Bears within the first five minutes that they were not just a prop in a senior day celebration by taking a 2-0 lead at the 19:16 mark. But the resilient Blue & White responded with a six-goal run that left them in control for the remainder of the game. Alexis Savage knotted the score with a free position strike and a man-up goal at the 13:44 mark. Morgan Ruggieri followed with what felt like a huge momentum play when she intercepted a pass from the goalie and scored with 11:29 left to give the Brook a lead they would not relinquish. Michelle Xuan showed her senior leadership by netting a free position goal less than a minute later before Ruggieri found Sydneyanna Giardini on a curl for a goal and Alexandra Puopolo connected on another free position that left the Brook ahead 6-2 with 7:26 left.

From there the squads traded jabs as the Tigers refused to simply roll over. They ended the Bear run with a draw control and score. Mia Trama answered a minute later by finding the top corner. Staten Island punched back 18 seconds later with a draw control and score before Natalia Pagano scored on a bounce shot while falling down to push the Bear advantage to 8-4. A little more breathing room came when Savage found Pagano for a doorstep goal, but the Tigers provided the final score of the half on a man-up strike as the Brook took a 9-5 edge into the half.

The message at halftime was, ‘We’re in control. Keep playing your game,’ and the Bears roared out of the break with two straight goals thanks to a Puopolo free position score and a Ruggieri strike that gave the Brook a 12-5 lead. But Staten Island would continue to hang around thanks to execution on draws and tenacity on 50/50 balls. The Tigers pulled within 6-12 and then 7-13, after a Savage drive and score, but the defense held them in check over the final 9:48 and snuffed out any hopes of a miracle rally when Emily Berger stoned two point blank shots with 3:15 remaining. Savage put the exclamation point on the 14-7 win with 2:19 on the clock.

As the final seconds ticked off, the Bears flooded Fitch Field in a cathartic celebration, having conqured another mountain on their upward rise. A squad that has already made history this season with the first regular season championship and undefeated league season in team history can now say they are the first Stony Brook girls’ lacrosse team to win a playoff game and earn a place in the championship.

They will look to take another step on their historic journey when they face Long Island Lutheran on Friday at 3:30pm at Cantiague Park in the PSAA Championship.

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