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Kutame Leads Stony Brook to PSAA Boys Soccer Crown

October 26, 2018

This afternoon the boys’ soccer team earned the first tournament title in program history with a 2-1 upset victory over Long Island Lutheran. Here is the recap of the game from Desiree Mathurin of Newsday.

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The final minutes dragged on in the boys soccer matchup between Stony Brook and Long Island Lutheran.

Stony Brook was up but Lutheran was ready to strike at any minute. With 10 seconds left, the countdown started on the sidelines.

After time ran out, the Stony Brook squad became the new PSAA boys soccer champions defeating Long Island Lutheran, 2-1, Friday afternoon at Cantiague Park.

The win, like the final minutes of the game, was a long time coming for the Bears.

“I waited a long time for this win,” goalie Lael Kutame said.

Jai Narain added, “Getting here is something we haven’t accomplished in our four years. We always came up short…It’s been a long time since we got a win in the playoffs. We put in a lot of work this season and the win makes it all worth it.”

Kutame and Narain joined the team together in the eighth grade and according to Narain, “worked their butts off to make it on the varsity squad.”

They did the same to secure the win.

Lutheran scored first. Andre Curbelo received the ball and went 1-on-1 with Kutame, a move he saw throughout the match. This time it worked, giving Lutheran a 1-0 lead with 4:41 remaining in the first half.

The Bears came back stronger in the second.

Narain tied the score with 38:10 on the clock. There was a fumble near the net, the ball was dropped and Narain pounced.

“Every game you get that one chance on a bad break,” Narain said. “I saw the ball and didn’t think about anything except putting the ball in the net.”

Mo Romeus scored the go-ahead goal on a penalty kick with 18:22 on the clock.

“Over the summer all we practiced was penalty kicks,” Romeus said. “I wasn’t ready when I went up there but I knew my team believed in me.”

Kutame totaled six saves. He wasn’t afraid to get out of the box and assist the defense, stopping the breakaways. “It took a lot of hardwork figuring out how far I can go out,” Kutame said.

Narain gave Kutame more credit, “There’s no goalie who puts in more work than Lael. He’s there late early all the time.”

The win ends a 20-year drought for the Bears (13-3-2) in boys soccer. Narain and Kutame are graduating but Romeus will be left to continue the winning tradition.

“There’s been a lot of ups and down with this team,” Romeus said. “But pulling through with this team is special for me. I’ll keep doing my best for them.”

Narain shook Romeus’ head and added, “He’ll be back for us!”

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Narain Sets Goals Record as Bears Romp in Quarters

October 25, 2018
B Soccer 2018

The Bears after yesterday’s win

On Monday afternoon the 3rd-seeded boys’ soccer team dismantled #2 Heschel School, 7-0, at Randall’s Island Park in Manhattan.

It was a historic day for the Bears as they won their first playoff game since Oct. 25, 2003 (a 1-0 win over Pierson), ending a string of nine consecutive postseason losses, including first round losses the last three years. Jai Narain also broke the 24-year old goals in a season record, scoring his 22nd to top Robbie Marvin’s mark of 21 from 1994. It was a gratifying accomplishment for the senior who was within arm’s reach of the mark a season ago with 19 tallies.

Owen Sobel got the scoring started minutes into the match, volleying home a cross from Mo Romeus. Sobel then staked the Brook to a 2-0 lead after heading in a cross from Ryan Eikenes. Narain added goals three and four in quick succession to build a 4-0 lead for the Brook that they would carry into the half. On his first he finished a gorgeous 40-yard free kick from Tiger Winston, then blasted home a pass from Romeus who made a great individual effort up the right wing.

The Bears put the game away with three more scores in the second half, the first of which coming off the foot of Ian Blunt who put in Narain’s brilliant ricochet off the right post. Romeus added a score on a shot inside the 18-yard box thanks to an assist from Blunt, then Narain wrote his name into the history books with a clever volley over the keeper before finding the net.

With the win the boys advanced to the PSAA semifinals, but were given a bye to Friday’s championship game when #1-seeded Our Savior forfeited. They will meet #2 Long Island Lutheran in the program’s first championship game since the 2006 Suffolk County Class C final. Kick off is set for 3:00pm at Cantiague Park in Hicksville.

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Volleyball Sweeps Luther to Earn Finals Berth

October 24, 2018

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ volleyball team clinched their third straight finals appearance and remained undefeated on the season (12-0) with a 3-0 sweep of 2nd-seeded Martin Luther.

The top-seeded Bears roared out to a 7-0 lead thanks to six points from Mercedes Alvarez on three aces and three service winners. The lead grew to 11-2 after an Ava McCormick kill and the Cougars did not get within more than six points the rest of the way. A Liz Robbins ace capped the 25-16 game one win.

In game two Alvarez staked the Brook to an early lead once again as two aces and a service winner gave the Bears a 6-0 edge. A Bekah Detwiler kill and a Robbins ace pushed the advantage to 12-3 and Luther would not get closer than seven points the rest of the game. A cagey kill from Robbins and consecutive aces from Alvarez left the Brook ahead 21-10 before a Sydnie Beausoleil kill closed the 25-12 win.

Game three was the closest game of the match as the Cougars gained their first lead at 0-1, though it would be their last lead of the match. A McCormick kill gave the Brook a 4-3 edge that eventually grew to 19-7 after consecutive Alvarez aces, but Luther showed tremendous fight with their season on the line. The Cougars clawed back to tie the match at 22-22, then again at 23-23, before the Bears grabbed the next two points to finally put them away, 25-23.

With the win the Bears moved on to today’s PSAA Championship match vs. #2 Long Island Lutheran at 4:15pm. The match will be played at Long Island Lutheran due to predetermined scheduling prior to the season.

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Bears Upset Staten Island to Punch Finals Ticket

October 24, 2018

Last Thursday the girls’ soccer team traveled to Staten Island Academy in their regular season finale. On the line was the #2 seed in the PSAA tournament and a home semifinal match. In an emotional and hard-fought game the Bears fell 1-4, knowing that they’d have to return to the same field five days later with their season on the line. Yesterday afternoon they made the trek back over the Verrazzano Bridge and came away with a thrilling 6-4 victory that gave them their first postseason win since the 2013 Suffolk County Championship and a berth in the PSAA Championship game.

Lara Montalbano opened the scoring for the Bears in the 14th minute off of a pass from Bekah Herts. The Tigers equalized six minutes later, but Sophia DiLavore’s unassisted goal gave the Brook the lead back just one minute later. Five minutes before the half Staten Island equalized again to knot the match at 2-2 midway through.

Four minutes into the second half, the Tigers took their only lead of the game on a corner kick, but Donna Sanders notched two scores, three minutes apart, to vault the Bears back into a 4-3 lead with 23 minutes remaining. Two minutes later the Tigers scored, leaving the match tied for the fourth time. The Bears finally went ahead for good with 18 minutes left when DiLavore volleyed home a Beth Felix corner kick. Sanders put the game out of reach with seven minutes left on an unassisted score that gave her a fifth hat trick on the season. Sarah Hull made 11 saves in goal and the Bears benefited from the return of Caroline Maglione after being sidelined the last three weeks with an injury.

With the win the Bears move on to face top-seeded Portledge in the PSAA Championship set for Friday at 3:00pm at Cantiague Park in Hicksville. They will play at the same time and location as the boys’ soccer team who faces off against #2 Long Island Lutheran.

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Volleyball Rolls into PSAA Semis

October 23, 2018

The girls’ volleyball team’s first foray into PSAA play continues after a dominant 3-0 sweep over Evangel Christian yesterday afternoon in the PSAA quarterfinals, the program’s first home playoff game since 2013. The #1-seeded Bears dispatched their 4th-seeded visitors, allowing just 22 total points in the match, to remain undefeated on the season at 11-0.

The Bears siphoned away any drama from the match-up as they raced out to an 11-0 lead behind three aces from Mercedes Alvarez and five total kills from Bekah Detwiler and Shannuel Lamptey. Detwiler added four more kills in the game, Ava McCormick notched three, and Liz Robbins added a pair of aces as the Blue and White emphatically grabbed game one, 25-9.

Game two followed a similar script as the Eagles could do little to stem the Bear assault. A Detwiler spike gave the Brook a 12-1 advantage, one of her four kills in the game, and Robbins added three aces and two kills as the Bears won game two, 25-5.

The first tie of the match was achieved early in game three at 1-1, but in a blink the Bears were ahead, 10-3. Leslie Kang won four straight points on her own with three service winners and an ace to stretch the lead to 15-4. Four Niamh Scanlon aces fueled an 8-0 run that moved the Brook within a point of victory before closing off the win, 25-8.

The Bears are back on the court this afternoon in a PSAA semifinal home match-up with #2 Martin Luther.

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Tennis Clinches League Title

October 22, 2018
G Tennis 2018

Sridhar earlier this season (PC: George Gildersleeve)

This afternoon the girls’ tennis team wrapped up an undefeated PSAA East Division Championship season with a 4-1 win at Portledge to earn the program’s first title since 2014. It is also the program’s first PSAA title in their first season in the league.

Sadhana Sridhar (6-0, 6-1), Marta Bennett (6-0, 6-0), and Nicolette Carlo (6-3, 6-2) carved through the singles matches to clinch the victory, while Mary Wang and Louise Lin (7-5, 6-3) won the second doubles match to cap the win.

The Bears are back in action on Wednesday in a non-league match-up with Columbia Prep before hosting Grace Church in the semifinals of the PSAA Tournament on Thursday.

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On This Day In History | 1985

October 22, 2018
B XC 1985

The ’85 cross country team

On this day 33 years ago, the boys’ cross country team closed a second straight undefeated League Championship season with a 23-37 win over Pierson/East Hampton.

All-League runners Paul Roberts (capt.), Marc Conti, Andrew Rowsom, and Kyle Eddy led the Shrikes to an 8-0 league record.

Results

  • Sept. 23 vs. Westhampton (26-33)
  • Oct. 2 vs. Hampton Bays (23-38)
  • Oct. 2 vs. Center Moriches (9-14)
  • Oct. 8 vs. LaSalle (15-50)
  • Oct. 8 vs. Greenport/Shelter Island (28-31)
  • Oct. 11 vs. Bridgehampton (15-50)
  • Oct. 15 vs. Mattituck (18-43)
  • Oct. 22 vs. Pierson/East Hampton (23-37)

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