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Top 10: Plays of 2014-15

July 13, 2015
Robbie Colarusso became the 7th boys' basketball player to reach 1,000 points

Robbie Colarusso became the 7th boys’ basketball player to reach 1,000 points

The 92nd year of Stony Brook athletics was another successful one for the blue and white. Three more banners were added to the walls of Swanson and a number of outstanding individual performances were achieved thanks to the hard work and dedication of our incredible student-athletes.

In a year full of outstanding plays, we have the unenviable task of narrowing down the top individual plays of the year. Here were the best of the best from 2014-15.

Honorable Mention

#4 | Etienne’s Block Party | 1/23/15

With just over three minutes left in the second quarter and the Bears holding a 25-16 lead, Jyles Etienne absolutely pasted a layup from one of Greenport’s guards. In a season filled with vicious blocks, this one stood out as the 6′ 5″ Bahamian reached the ball at its apex and spiked it straight down onto the hapless Porter. His momentum was so strong that he collided with teammate Chester Kayonga, knocking him off his feet. The violent rejection was one of his 8 blocks on the day as he nearly recorded a triple double in the Bears’ 62-51 win.

#3 | Pius Caps Comeback | 9/23/14

Trailing 0-3 at the half to Smithtown Christian, the girls’ soccer team was all but finished until Morgan Pius moved from the goal line to the field. The sophomore led a second half cannonade, scoring 3 goals and the eventual game-winner in a historic 5-3 win over the Knights.

#2 | Skorobohaty Buries Islanders | 1/20/15

With the game knotted at 24 and just 16 seconds remaining, Annie Skorobohaty drilled a three-pointer out of a broken play to beat Shelter Island on their home floor, 27-24.

#1 | Holvik & Walter Light Up Warriors | 9/12/14

On just the second play of the 2014 football season, Erik Holvik gave a perfectly timed option to Ben Walter who raced 48 yards for a touchdown, sending the Blue Fan Group into euphoria. The early score spurred the Brook to a 26-6 victory over Wyandanch.

The Top 10 Plays of 2014-15

#10 | Worth Sinks Knights | 10/9/14

Mike Worth was feeling at ease as he strolled up to the ninth green. With his opponent staring down a 25-foot put for par, he would likely be able to two-putt for the win. However, when his opponent improbably sank his putt, the pressure was squarely back on Worth’s shoulders. Birdie to win. Par to tie. With victory on the line, Worth coolly sank the putt to win the final match of his great career.

#9 | Zhu Beats the Clock | 2/16/15

Midway through the second quarter of the Suffolk County Championship, the boys’ basketball team was knotted at 13-13 with Pierson. That’s when Harry Zhu beat the shot clock buzzer with an off-balance, one-handed push shot from three-point range that gave the Bears an early 16-13 lead on the way to a 3rd straight County Championship.

#8 | Choi Strikes Gold (and Purple) | 10/21/14

With four minutes left and the boys’ soccer team tied 3-3 with Greenport, the Porters’ goalie stepped out of the box, resulting in a free kick for the Brook. David Choi stepped up and struck a gorgeous ball into the top shelf of the net for a hat trick, providing the winning margin in a thrilling three-goal comeback, the Bears’ second of the season.

#7 | Lee’s Miraculous Strike | 9/24/14

Down three goals against Port Jeff with just fifteen minutes remaining, hope had all but evaporated for the boys’ soccer team when a furious comeback ensued. In thirteen minutes the Brook reeled off three goals to tie the game at five, setting up the goal of the season. Inpyo Ma sent the ball upfield to Jason Lee. After a touch by Lee popped the ball into the air, he volleyed it some forty yards toward the net with 30 seconds remaining. The ball moved right before tailing back left, sailing over the outstretched arms of the keeper and into the net for the go-ahead goal in the Bears’ incredible 6-5 comeback win.

#6 | Meyer Saves the Day | 2/16/15

With just 1:28 left in the County Championship and the boys’ basketball team clinging to a two-point lead, Luke Meyer had the presence of mind to leap out of bounds for a rebound and pass the ball to Jyles Etienne, who was standing under the basket. Etienne scored a layup to put the Brook up four en route to a thrilling 44-39 win over the Whalers.

#5 | O’Connor is Clutch | 2/16/15

With 2:19 remaining in the County Championship, the Brook’s lefty sharpshooter, Luke O’Connor, took a pass from Luke Meyer and drilled a three-pointer that turned a 37-38 deficit into a 40-38 lead. From there, solid defense and clutch free throw shooting helped the Bears claim a 3rd straight championship triumph over the Whalers.

#4 | Etienne Sets Javelin Mark | 6/27/15

At the Bahamas Open National Track & Field Championships, sophomore Jyles Etienne rewrote two records, the first of which coming in the javelin throw. His toss of 41.13 meters broke the previous record by just .01 meters and gave him a 4th place finish in the event.

#3 | Etienne Enters Record Books | 6/19/15

It is not easy to etch your name into the Stony Brook boys’ track record book. The high jump mark, set in 1965 by Bernard Mumo, was the second oldest record in the annals of the team’s history. After coming within .75 inches on several occasions during the spring season, Jyles Etienne finally eclipsed the mark at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina. With a jump of 6′ 5.5″, the Bahamian broke Mumo’s mark of 6′ 4.75″ and finished 6th out of 42 jumpers to medal against some of the finest competition in America.

#2 | Colarusso Nets 1,000th | 3/13/15

In the fourth quarter of the boys’ basketball team’s Regional Championship, Robbie Colarusso drilled a three-pointer to become just the 7th player in the 92-year history of the program to reach the 1,000 point plateau.

#1 | Etienne Reaches New Heights | 6/27/15

It is appropriate that the last play of the 2014-15 athletic season was also its finest. At the Bahamas Open National Track & Field Championships, Jyles Etienne shattered his newly minted school record in the high jump with an incredible leap of 6′ 8″ to finish in 7th place overall against college and semi-pro competition. The jump was the 10th best among all sophomores in America in 2015.

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