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Fall Playoff Schedule

October 22, 2021
Carina Cristobal looks to lead the tennis team to their 3rd title in four years (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

The 100th year of Blue & White Athletics has been a successful one as the volleyball, boys’ soccer, and girls’ tennis teams already clinched undefeated regular season championships and remain in the hunt for much more. 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. Check back here for results and next round information after each contest.


Boys’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship

  • Mon. October 25 @ 3:30pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

Girls’ Cross Country

PSAA Championship

  • Mon. October 25 @ 3:35pm — Stony Brook (S. T. Hsaio Course)

Boys’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Long Island Lutheran

  • Mon. October 25 @ 5:00pm — Stony Brook

Boys’ JV Soccer

PSAA Championship vs. #2 Portledge or #3 Knox

  • Thur. October 28 @ 3:00pm — Stony Brook

Girls’ Soccer

PSAA Semifinals @ #1 Staten Island Academy

  • Mon. October 25 @ 1:00pm — Staten Island Academy

Girls’ Tennis

PSAA Semifinals vs.West #2 Staten Island Academy

  • Tue. October 26 @ 3:00pm — Stony Brook


PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Portledge

  • Mon. October 25 @ 4:30pm — Stony Brook

JV Volleyball

PSAA Semifinals vs. #4 Kew-Forest

  • Tue. October 26 @ 4:30pm — Stony Brook


Bears Outlast Portledge for 2nd Straight Undefeated Season

October 22, 2021

Last week, the boys’ soccer team traveled to Locust Valley where they battled Portledge to a 1-1 tie. Despite not coming back with the win, the Bears still clinched at least a share of their fourth straight league crown. The draw set up a potential titanic clash on Fitch Field for Wednesday afternoon for the #1 seed in next week’s PSAA Tournament, but Staten Island Academy jumbled those plans with a 1-0 victory over the Panthers on Saturday. There was still plenty for the Bears to play for on Wednesday, even after clinching the top seed and outright league title. A second straight undefeated season was on the line as well as an eight-match home winning streak in the league dating back over two years. The Bears also came into the match with a 5-0-1 all-time unbeaten record vs. Portledge (by a combined score of 20-2) and did not intend to change the script.

The early minutes of the match were fairly even with the Bears maintaining an upper hand in meaningful scoring chances. The home team broke through at the 26:04 mark when James Fay sent a lefty cross into the box to Kevin Kiprotich Kirui who cut the ball back from his defender before burying a righty skip shot past the keeper. The Panthers were able to equalize less than five minutes later when a speedy forward got free on the left wing and sent in a cross that was put home, but the Bears had one more strike in them before the half. Stephen Cisz sent a big throw into the box where Kiprotich Kirui and the Portledge keeper collided on a 50-50 ball. The ball fortuitously bounced to Lee Maeba who looped a high-arcing shot over a Portledge defender who ably tried to fill the void left by the keeper. The final 8:26 of the half ticked by uneventfully and the Brook took a 2-1 edge into the break.

Less than six minutes into the second half, the Bears built a two-goal cushion when John Fay sent a corner kick to the back post. Dennis Yilmaz volleyed the ball back to the middle where Joe Spreckels put it home for a 3-1 lead. Portledge refused to go away as they halved their deficit at the 18:42 mark with a header goal off of a throw in, but the anxious Stony Brook crowd let out a cathartic cheer with 7:00 remaining, but not before the Fay brothers tested the ligament strength in several pairs of ankles. John began by taking space on the left wing, then making a defender dance before dishing the ball to James who took a step back off the ball and baited his defender into thinking he was playing a long pass into the box. When the Panther jumped, James tucked the ball past him and crossed it to Yilmaz who buried the Bears’ fourth goal and Portledge’s hopes in the same strike.

The Bears move on to the PSAA semifinals for a fourth straight year where they will host Long Island Lutheran on Monday.


Tennis Closes 4th Straight Unbeaten Season

October 22, 2021
Creighton in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Friday evening, in the waning light, the girls’ tennis team capped a fourth consecutive undefeated League Championship season with a 4-1 victory over Portledge. Since joining the PSAA in 2018, the Bears have yet to drop a regular season league match as they extended their record to 18-0.

Carina Cristobal continued her dominant play at first singles, winning 6-0, 6-1. Alanna Wu battled back from a 1-4 deficit in the first set to win her second singles match, 7-5, 6-3.

After the Bears dropped the third singles match, the overall result came down to the two doubles matches where each team split the first two sets. With darkness encroaching, both matches utilized a super tiebreaker to ten points in lieu of a third set. Both Stony Brook teams emerged victorious in the taut battles as Ali Cristobal and Isabel Guo (5-7, 6-3, 10-8) and Meghan Creighton and Vida Sandberg (6-4, 2-6, 10-4) pulled out the wins.

The Bears are back on the court on Tuesday as they host the second-seeded West Division Staten Island Academy on the home courts at 3:00pm in the PSAA semifinals.


Swimmers Cruise Past Floyd

October 22, 2021
Hunt in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Tuesday afternoon, the girls’ swim team celebrated Senior Day with an 80-51 victory over William Floyd in home waters.

Kaitlyn Tse (200 free/2:16.38), Amelia Griffin (200 IM/2:25.16 & 100 free/58.09), Ruthie Crane (50 free/26.84 & 500 free/5:28.50), and Sofia Arrascue (100 butterfly/1:10.23 & 100 backstroke/1:07.78) were individual winners for the Brook. Griffin, Tse, Arrascue, and Crane also combined to win the 200 medley relay in 1:59.90, while Tse, Kim Ward, Duretti Teressa, and Naomi Crane won the 200 free relay (2:04.22).

Other highlights included, Kate Hunt chasing down a Colonial in the 100 breaststroke and out-touching them at the wall by just 0.2 seconds, Nevaeh Pulipati swimming two strong anchor legs for the 200 free and 400 free relays, and Trinity Kim putting her extra practice to good use with some great dives in her relay swims.


Sailors 4th at Fleet Championships

October 21, 2021
Bennett (bow) in action earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Last weekend, our dinghy sail team traveled to Rochester for the MASSA Fleet Racing Championships, hosted by the Rochester Yacht Club on Lake Ontario.

On Saturday, the morning began with thunderstorms and heavy rains, which gave way to light rain and a south westerly breeze as racing got underway at 10:00am. The weather held, and blue skies and sun even made an appearance, which allowed 16 races to go off before an afternoon squall chased the boats from the water. The weather on Lake Ontario remained volatile on Sunday morning with a big shifting wind that prompted a course alteration. Two races were completed in each fleet before the winds peaked at 33 knots and racing was called.

In Division A, Steven Hardee, JP Bennett, and Sean Beaver raced to a 5th place finish with 69 points, earning one first place and one second place finish in the process. Gavin Hudson, Mairead Reitzel, and Nick Gargiulo combined to finish second in Division B, earning two first place finishes and three third place finishes in the process for 41 points. Their combined 110 points earned the team a 4th place finish overall in a field of 18 teams from across the eastern seaboard.


1stSevern School (MD)73
2ndChristchurch School (VA)88
3rdChristian Brothers Academy (NJ)109
4thStony Brook School110
5thNorfolk Collegiate School (VA)134
6thNorfolk Academy (VA)139
6thArchbishop Spalding (MD)139
8thDonovan Catholic (NJ)160
9thBroadneck HS (MD)185
10thSt. Mary’s (MD)201
11thRanney School (NJ)205
12thBiotechnology HS (NJ)213
13thPoint Pleasant Beach HS (NJ)220
14thKecoughtan HS (VA)265
15thSouthwestern Central HS (NY)280
16thBrighton HS (NY)289
17thMamaroneck HS (NY)309
18thNichols HS (NY)316


Volleyball Closes 5th Straight Undefeated Season

October 15, 2021
The Champs (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Wednesday afternoon, the volleyball team closed their regular season with a 3-0 victory over Portledge. Despite clinching the PSAA regular season title on Friday, the Bears had plenty to play for in Locust Valley with a fifth consecutive undefeated season on the line as well as a school record in their sights.

From 2005-2008 our girls’ basketball team won an astonishing 37 consecutive league games, a total the volleyball team equaled with Friday’s win over Kew-Forest. The victory over Portledge eclipsed that total and cemented their status as one of the greatest dynasties in school history.

The Panthers, who the Bears had previously swept 3-0, put up little resistance as the Brook took all three sets, 25-14, 25-15, 25-17. Aside from a 38th straight league win, it was the Bears’ 17th straight sweep vs. league opponents, including playoff matches.

The Bears now await their semifinal opponent as they take the top seed in the PSAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row. They will face either Kew-Forest or Portledge as the fourth seed.


Boys’ Soccer Ties Portledge, Still Clinches Share of Title

October 15, 2021

On Wednesday afternoon, the boys’ soccer team traveled to Locust Valley and came away with a 1-1 tie to remain unbeaten in PSAA play.

James Fay put the Bears on the board with 24:13 left in the first half when Portledge failed to clear the ball and the sophomore lofted a shot over the keeper, who had come off his line. The Brook held the same margin in the second half until Portledge knotted the match on a free kick at the midway point. The two squads battled for the remainder of regulation and ten additional overtime minutes before darkness ended the match.

Despite the tie, the Bears remain the only undefeated team in the PSAA with one match to go, assuring them of at least a share of their fourth consecutive PSAA regular season title. A win over Portledge on Wednesday or a Portledge loss to Staten Island Academy would give the Brook the outright league title and the top seed in the PSAA Tournament.


Tennis Sweeps LuHi to Clinch at Least Share of PSAA Crown

October 14, 2021
Sandberg in action (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon, the girls’ tennis team battled Long Island Lutheran, and waning daylight, in a 5-0 sweep of their western rivals.

Carina Cristobal continued her first singles dominance with an 8-0 win, Juliana Arrieta won third singles, 8-5, and Caroline Helmer made her Senior Day a little sweeter with an 8-1 win at second singles. Isabel Guo and Ali Cristobal (8-0) and Vida Sandberg and Meghan Creighton (8-0) dominated at doubles.

The victory gave the Bears at least a share of their fourth consecutive PSAA regular season championship and improved their PSAA mark to 17-0 since joining the league in 2018. The Bears can clinch a fourth straight undefeated season and the top seed in the PSAA Tournament with a win at Portledge a week from Friday.


Bears Erupt for 8 Goals at Staten Island

October 12, 2021

Yesterday afternoon, the boys’ soccer team braced for a taut game with their current PSAA rival, Staten Island Academy. Last Monday, the teams staged a rematch of the 2020 PSAA Championship with the Bears prevailing 3-1 in a physical game. Yesterday’s final regular season match-up was a key game that promised to impact the league standings and potential playoff seedings and the Bears expected a fight.

The first 30 minutes held true to that script as the two sides remained deadlocked in a 0-0 battle, but in the final ten minutes before the half, the lid came off the Bears’ offense as they erupted for 4 goals. The first came when Dennis Yilmaz sent a cross into the box where pressure from James Fay forced an own goal on the Tigers. Enoch Guo followed by tucking away a rebound off of a long shot from Jayson Amin. The Bears continued the onslaught when a big throw from Stephen Cisz found Joe Spreckels for a header before the Brothers Fay connected when James crossed the ball to John for the final score of the first half.

Despite a commanding 4-0 lead, the Bears continued to press the action in the second half. The scoring began when James Fay sent a high-arcing pass into the box where Amin volleyed it home. Then Ade Adedeji did the rest, scoring a hat trick over the game’s final minutes to emphatically put the contest away. For his first goal he buried Lee Maeba’s rebounded shot, for his second he raced onto a cross from Eason Pu and chipped it over the keeper, and for the crescendo he volleyed in another long throw from Cisz.

The resounding win puts the Bears in the driver’s seat for a third consecutive PSAA regular season title with two more matches to play, both against Portledge. A win in Locust Valley on Wednesday would clinch the title outright as the Panthers already have a notch in the loss column.


Bears Run PRs at Officials Invite

October 12, 2021
Evelyn (middle) & Alexandra (right) ran well for the Brook (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

On Saturday morning, the girls’ cross country team ran in the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow, turning in a slew of personal records on the notoriously difficult course and its imposing “Cardiac Hill.” Evelyn Apazidis was the Bears’ top finisher in 21st place out of 124 runners in a personal record time of 23:33. Alexandra Puopolo (86th/27:02), Alice Sun (101st/27:58), Anne-Sarah Nichitiu (109th/28:33), and Eowyn Jeffrey (110th/28:34) also PRed for the Brook.

For the boys, Zack Xu ran to a 46th place (19:49) finish in a field of 157. Forest Kaplan-Walbrecht (87th/20:50), Joe Barisic Cubillas (115th/21:56), Marc Nichitiu (116th/21:57), Nathan Stortz (145th/24:25), and Theo Greenfield (149th/24:57) also ran well for the Bears.

Both teams are back in action on October 21st in a PSAA meet at the Knox School.


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