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Smith Signs with Saint Peter’s

November 19, 2020
Smith

Yesterday evening Tyler Smith became the latest Bear to commit to play Division I athletics, signing a National Letter of Intent with Saint Peter’s University.

The 6’2″ senior came to the Bears as a sophomore and took over starting catcher responsibilities as the Brook went undefeated on their way to the 2019 PSAA Championship. In the title game, the Babylon, NY native scored a run and tagged out a runner at the plate in a 10-0 victory over Portledge. The following week, in the first round of the NYSAIS State Tournament, Smith’s rally-igniting, 4th-inning double helped power the Bears to a 6-1 win over Hackley. A year ago, despite COVID-19 cutting short the season, Smith was named a Rawlings/Perfect Game Pre-Season All-American.

When he arrives in Jersey City next fall, Smith will immediately compete for the starting catching job with the Peacocks who play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) against notable opponents Marist, Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Iona, and Fairfield.

Three other Bears from last year’s squad have also signed on with Division I schools: Joe Wozny (UConn), Jack Carr (Stony Brook), and TJ Wachter (Fordham).

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Fall Postseason Honors

November 17, 2020
DiLavore makes a stop (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The 2020 fall season was the most unique we have ever seen in 99 years of Stony Brook Athletics. COVID-19 brought new challenges to our playing fields, but our athletes and coaches responded with strength and grace. They should be applauded not just for what they accomplished, but for the manner in which they did it.

Despite the changes brought by COVID-19, the Bears’ success continued unabated as they secured five more championships in the fall season thanks to championship victories by our boys’ and girls’ cross country teams and the girls’ tennis team and regular season championships by our girls’ tennis and boys’ soccer teams. Here are the individuals honored for their outstanding achievement this season.

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Boys’ Cross Country

  • All-PSAA: Colin Scanlon, Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht, Joe Barisic Cubillas, Anthony Zajac, Paul Cesario, Tiger Wang, Marc Nichitiu, Nathan Stortz, David Yoo, Asad Arif & Lars Johnson

Girls’ Cross Country

  • All-PSAA: Sarah Wong, Evelyn Apazidis, Mia Trama, Anne-Sarah Nichitiu, Eowyn Jeffrey, Naomi Zhao & Aubree Yoder

Boys’ Soccer

  • All-PSAA: Luqman Bare, Mo Romeus, Devin Saraniero & Malik Ulysse

Girls’ Soccer

  • All-PSAA: Sophia DiLavore & Madison Logan

Girls’ Tennis

  • PSAA MVP: Carina Cristobal
  • All-PSAA: Sam Cox, Carina Cristobal, Isabel Guo, Caroline Helmer & Alanna Wu

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Girls’ Tennis Returns to PSAA Pinnacle

November 16, 2020
Helmer in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This afternoon the girls’ tennis team put a satisfying cap on the fall season with a 3-2 victory over Portledge in the PSAA Championship. It was a satisfying return to the top for the Bears who took the 2018 title before losing the 2019 championship to Staten Island in a 2-3 heartbreaker.

The Bears had to shuffle their lineup due to the absence of Alanna Wu, who was undefeated at 2nd singles this season. Carina Cristobal (6-0, 6-0) turned in a customary dominant performance at 1st singles while Isabel Guo stepped into Wu’s vacated 2nd singles spot to win 6-4, 6-0. After Portledge took 3rd singles and 2nd doubles, dropping just two combined games in the process, the championship came down to the 1st doubles match.

Caroline Helmer and Sam Cox fell behind early, but battled back to take a 5-4 lead in the first set. They continued to lead 6-5 when they broke Portledge’s serve to take the first set, 7-5. In the second set, both teams held serve in the opening three games as the Panthers took a 2-1 lead. From there, the Bears won five straight games to take the set, 6-2. In game four, Helmer and Cox came back from trailing 15-30 to even the set at 2-2. The turning point came in game five when they built a 40-love lead before breaking to take control of the match at 3-2. They held serve in games six and eight and broke Portledge again in game seven to claim the match and the championship.

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Bears Charge into PSAA Final

November 10, 2020
Romeus in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Today, on a bright, 72-degree afternoon, the boys’ soccer team dispatched Long Island Lutheran in the PSAA Semifinals, 7-0, to punch their second finals ticket in the last three seasons. The victory also helped the Bears dispel the bitter taste of last year’s home semifinal loss to Avenues.

Before taking the pitch today, the Bears last saw game action 17 days ago in an 8-0 win over the Crusaders. Numerous factors conspired against the Bears playing the last two games on their schedule, leading to the uncharacteristically lengthy layoff. But the team showed little rust as they again jumped on LuHi early en route to their fifth straight win over the Crusaders.

Less than three minutes in Luqman Bare nearly put the Bears ahead, but a quality stop from the keeper kept the Bears at bay. Four minutes later Bare was taken down in the box, leading to a Mo Romeus penalty kick that put the Bears up for good. Romeus followed that up with a dynamic run that resulted in a goal off the left post, courtesy of a pass from Dennis Yilmaz. Bare extended the lead to 3-0 and 4-0 with a pair of goals at the 18:17 and 9:09 marks, and the rout was on. Justine Zakayo capped the first half scoring with just 45 seconds left as the Brook carried a 5-0 lead into the break.

As the late afternoon shadows stretched across Fitch Field, the Bear attack continued. LuHi stood tall for the first 18 minutes, repelling the offensive waves, but David Zhang broke through with a score at the 22-minute mark after receiving a pass from Bare. Jayson Amin scored perhaps the goal of the day, closing the barrage with 11:30 remaining when he glanced the ball off the near-side post and past the diving keeper for a beautiful strike.

The defense recorded their third clean sheet in the last three games as Lemuel Kutame, Ryahn Kahn, and Jackson Petroske combined for the shutout in goal. Stephen Cisz and Joe Spreckels stood tall, chasing down numerous balls in the backfield.

The Bears move on to the PSAA Championship on Friday at 2:00pm at Cantiague Park vs. Staten Island Academy.

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XC Teams Cruise to 3rd Straight Titles

November 6, 2020

Yesterday, on a gorgeous autumn afternoon, the Bears hosted the 31st PSAA Cross Country Championships on the S. T. Hsaio home course. The boys’ and girls’ teams each won their 3rd consecutive title, giving them a perfect mark in the event since joining the league in 2018. It is the first 3-peat in the PSAA since since Packer Collegiate won three boys’ races from 2009-11. Packer also earned the last girls’ 3-peat from 2003-07.

The boys led off the afternoon with a comfortable 23-36 win over Portledge, the only other school with the minimum five runners. The Panthers’ Chris Lall led start to finish, though Colin Scanlon helped push him to a great time, never allowing him to settle in to a comfortable pace on the 2.53-mile course. The Bears took the next three spots, seven of the top ten, and placed eleven on the All-PSAA list (top 15 runners). In a show of the Bears’ depth, they placed twelve runners ahead of Portledge’s fifth scorer.

This was the boys’ first run of three victories in a championship race since winning the Suffolk County Championship from 2006-08. Head Coach David Hickey was a runner on the 2006 and 2007 squads.

Boys’ Complete Results

  1. Chris Lall (Portledge) – 13:49
  2. Colin Scanlon (Stony Brook) – 14:05
  3. Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (Stony Brook) – 14:48
  4. Joe Barisic Cubillas (Stony Brook) – 15:23
  5. Alex Simms (Portledge) – 15:46
  6. Anthony Zajac (Stony Brook) – 15:55
  7. Tyler Wasserman (Portledge) – 16:03
  8. Paul Cesario (Stony Brook) – 16:10
  9. Tiger Wang (Stony Brook) – 16:30
  10. Marc Nichitiu (Stony Brook) – 17:12
  11. Christian Mastacciuola (Portledge) – 17:30
  12. Nathan Stortz (Stony Brook) – 17:30
  13. David Yoo (Stony Brook) – 17:33
  14. Asad Aarif (Stony Brook) – 18:05
  15. Lars Johnson (Stony Brook) – 18:57
  16. Jimmy Hu (Stony Brook) – 18:58
  17. Parker Meyer (Portledge) – 19:43
  18. Brandon Cooper (Portledge) – 19:46
  19. Kaleb Ortiz (Martin Luther) – 19:47
  20. Richard Rodriguez (Martin Luther) – 19:48
  21. Jaden Lee (Stony Brook) – 19:53
  22. Tim Chiu (Portledge) – 21:48
  23. Yasser Asad (Stony Brook) – 21:50
  24. Jack Derco (Stony Brook) – 25:27

The girls were dominant in their race as Sarah Wong and Evelyn Apazidis claimed the top two spots. Five Bears flooded the top ten places and all seven Stony Brook runners earned All-PSAA status. Despite being the only team that had the minimum five runners for a qualifying team score, the Bears placed all seven runners ahead of Portledge’s fourth runner, eliminating any debate as to whether the Panthers could have challenged the incumbent champs with an additional competitor.

Wong completed her outstanding Stony Brook cross country career as a 3-peat PSAA Champion, the first PSAA runner, boy or girl, to accomplish the feat since Columbia Prep’s Natasha Knorr from 2005-07.

Girls’ Complete Results

  1. Sarah Wong (Stony Brook) – 16:44
  2. Evelyn Apazidis (Stony Brook) – 17:03
  3. Taty Neugebauer (Portledge) – 19:09
  4. Mia Trama (Stony Brook) – 19:54
  5. Ava Vissicchio (Portledge) – 20:01
  6. Norah Williams (Our Savior) – 20:16
  7. Anne-Sarah Nichitiu (Stony Brook) – 20:19
  8. Eowyn Jeffrey (Stony Brook) – 20:50
  9. Ramsey Cammerer (Portledge) – 20:56
  10. Marilyn Mahoney (Martin Luther) – 22:21
  11. Namoi Zhao (Stony Brook) – 23:05
  12. Thalia Rivera (Our Savior) – 23:24
  13. Aubree Yoder (Stony Brook) – 24:19
  14. Katy Wu (Portledge) – 24:49
  15. Melissa Danneil (Our Savior)

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Fall Playoff Schedule

November 5, 2020
Girls’ XC took home their 3rd straight title (PC: Rachel Simone)

[Updated 11/16 @ 5:16 pm]

Despite the challenges and changes brought on by COVID-19, the Bears have turned in a successful fall season. As the light wanes and the leaves melt from green to gold, postseason competition returns to the Brook.

This is your headquarters for the fall playoff season at the Brook. This page will be updated with results and next round information after each contest.

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Boys’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship [Win, 23-36]

  • Thu. November 5 @ 2:30pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

Girls’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship [Win]

  • Thu. November 5 @ 3:15pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

Boys’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Long Island Lutheran [Win, 7-0]

  • Tue. November 10 @ 2:30pm — Stony Brook

PSAA Championship vs. #3 Staten Island Academy [Loss, 0-1]

  • Fri. November 13 @ 2:00pm — Cantiague Park

Girls’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals vs. #1 Staten Island Academy [Loss, Forfeit]

  • Tue. November 10 @ 2:00pm — Staten Island Academy

Girls’ Tennis

PSAA Championship vs. #2 Portledge [Win, 3-2]

  • Mon. November 16 @ 2:30pm — Stony Brook

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Tennis Punches Championship Ticket vs. Portledge

November 5, 2020
Cox in action (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On a frigid Monday afternoon that saw temperatures plunge into the 30s and wind gusts surge above 25 mph, the girls’ tennis team finished their truncated regular season with a 4-1 win at Portledge. The victory gave The Bears a 3rd consecutive undefeated PSAA regular season title and a bye into next week’s PSAA Championship, which the Bears will host on the home hardcourts. This is the first 3-peat in girls’ tennis program history.

Carina Cristobal (6-0, 6-0), Alanna Wu (6-0, 6-0), and Isabel Guo (6-3, 6-4) swept singles while Caroline Helmer and Sam Cox (6-1, 6-2) earned the win at first doubles to help the Bears improve to 5-0 all-time vs. the Panthers and 14-0 all-time in regular season PSAA play. They, along with the volleyball, badminton, boys’ cross country, girls’ cross country, boys’ track, and girls’ track teams, have never lost a PSAA contest or event.

The Bears return to the courts next Thursday when they host the PSAA Championship, facing the winner of Tuesday’s semifinal between Portledge and Staten Island Academy.

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Runners Cruise in Portledge Meet

October 29, 2020
Apazidis in last week’s home meet (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

In the second and final PSAA meet of the regular season, the girls’ cross country team claimed the first two places and slotted five in the top ten to win convincingly ahead of next week’s championship.

Sarah Wong claimed her requisite spot atop the leaderboard, covering the 2.7-mile course in 16:56. Evelyn Apazidis came in second place at 17:41. From there Portledge, the meet host, was unable to record times but were able to catalog the finishing order.

Top 10 Results

  1. Sarah Wong (Stony Brook) – 16:56
  2. Evelyn Apazidis (Stony Brook) – 17:41
  3. Taty Neugebauer (Portledge)
  4. Isabelle Bjornuisdottir (Long Island Lutheran)
  5. Ana Vissicchio (Portledge)
  6. Ramsey Cammerer (Portledge)
  7. Norah Williams (Our Savior)
  8. Mia Trama (Stony Brook)
  9. Anne-Sarah Nichitiu (Stony Brook)
  10. Eowyn Jeffrey (Stony Brook)

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Bears Maul LuHi to Stay Undefeated

October 29, 2020
Bare in action on Saturday (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday, on a schizophrenic afternoon that packed in weather from all four seasons, the boys’ soccer team improved to 4-0 on the season with an 8-0 victory over Long Island Lutheran. It is the Bears’ fourth straight victory over the Crusaders, dating back to the 2018 PSAA Championship.

The Bears’ potent offense, which has outscored opponents 34-3 over its first four games, set the tone early when Daniel Kim sent a lovely through-ball to Malik Ulysse who crossed to Luqman Bare at the 36:51 mark. Mo Romeus followed five minutes later by placing a free kick in the left side netting from just outside the box for a 2-0 lead. At 26:44 the lead grew when Romeus played a ball wide to Jovan Haynes whose cross led to a Dennis Yilmaz strike. Less than four minutes later, Yilmaz sent a ball from the right wing into Bare who buried it in the top shelf for a 4-0 edge at 22:56. Though the waves of Bear attacks continued unabated, that completed the first half scoring.

Tiger Winston began the second half scoring with a lefty goal at the 22:39 mark. Romeus scored off of his own rebound with 12:15 left, Bare completed his hat trick with a blast at 7:32, and Romeus rung up his own trifecta with a final notch at 5:09 to complete the scoring barrage. Though largely untested due to the Bears’ dominant play in the middle of the field, Lemuel Kutame and Jackson Petroske combined for a shutout in goal.

While the scoring appears outlandish, it was less a product of a LuHi team weakened by several key graduations, than it was about the Bears’ level of execution and their ability to continuously create meaningful opportunities.

The Bears are back in action on Monday in a home Senior Day match-up vs. Staten Island Academy that will be a major factor in determining the regular season champion.

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Girls’ XC Takes Top 3 in 1st PSAA Meet

October 23, 2020
Wong takes an early lead she won’t relinquish (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ cross country team turned in a dominant performance on the 2.53-mile S. T. Hsaio home course against Long Island Lutheran, Portledge, and Martin Luther.

The Bears claimed the top three places and slotted five in the top ten behind another strong performance from Sarah Wong (16:56), who in three years has never lost a PSAA race.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday in a PSAA meet at Portledge.

Top 10 Results

  1. Sarah Wong (Stony Brook) – 16:56
  2. Evelyn Apazidis (Stony Brook) – 17:19
  3. Mia Trama (Stony Brook) – 20:00
  4. Taty Neugebauer (Portledge) – 20:14
  5. Isabelle Bjorgbinsdottir (LuHi) – 20:16
  6. Ana Vissicchio (Portledge) – 20:59
  7. Ramsey Cammerer (Portledge) – 21:03
  8. Anne-Sarah Nichitiu (Stony Brook) – 21:18
  9. Eowyn Jeffrey (Stony Brook) – 22:15
  10. Marilyn Mahoney (Martin Luther) – 23:42

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