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Volleyball Edges LuHi

October 10, 2017
Volleyball 2017

Petersen goes for the kill vs. Mercy earlier this year (PC: Michael Cao)

This afternoon the volleyball team edged Long Island Lutheran, 3-2, in a scrimmage. The two squads came into the match unbeaten in their respective leagues as the Crusaders are currently 7-0 and atop the Private Schools Athletic Association’s East Division.

The Brook took game one 25-19, but fell in a taut game two, 23-25. The Bears reversed the script in a 25-23 game three win, but the Crusaders forced a fifth game with a 25-17 victory in game four. In the final game the Blue and White prevailed, 25-21.

Sam Petersen had 23 assists and Lois Ezi and Danielle Graves led the way on offense, recording 10 and 9 kills, respectively. Bekah Detwiler contributed 7 kills while Liz Robbins notched 4 aces and 11 assists. Long Island Lutheran is the five-time reigning PSAA Champion.

The Bears are back in action in a home match-up Friday night at home vs. Port Jeff.

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Golfers Down Middle Country & Comsewogue

October 6, 2017
Golf 2016

Chris Kang in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday , on an unseasonably warm afternoon, the golf team swept their tri-meet with Middle Country and Comsewogue on their home course of Pine Ridge.

After a narrow 241-245 loss to Sachem on Monday, the second place team in League I, the Bears shot their best score of the season, posting a 239 to clip Middle Country (245) and Comsewogue (280). Steven Ou (37), Chris Kang (39), and Steven Saraniero (50) each shot their best scores of the season to lead the way for the Brook.

The Bears are back on the links on Tuesday against Patchogue-Medford at Mill Pond Golf Course.

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Swimmers Sink Eagles

October 5, 2017
G Swimming 2016

Rachel Crane in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ swim team topped West Babylon, 94-67, after taking first place in nine of eleven events.

It was the Bears’ third consecutive victory over the Eagles since reigniting the program to go along with victories in 2015 (54-40) and 2016 (95-75).

Three different Bears took first in multiple events as Madi Sargent won the 200 freestyle (2:12.42) and 500 freestyle (4:45.04), Rachel Crane the 200 individual medley (2:45.53) and 100 backstroke (1:18.76), and Rebecca Crane the 100 butterfly (1:16.73) and 100 freestyle (1:10.00). Francine Leung was the Bears’ other individual winner, taking the 50 freestyle in 31.99.

The Bears also won two of the three relays as Ruthie Crane, Leung, Anya Caraiani, and Kate Jones won the 200 medley in 2:32.07 and Rachel Crane, Rebecca Crane, Sargent, and Yesenia McKee won the 200 freestyle in 2:06.81.

The Bears are back in the water one week from tomorrow in a home meet with East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson.

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Winston’s Late Goal Wins Holy War

October 4, 2017
B JV Soccer 2016

Winston in action on JV last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

If you’ve been around Stony Brook for a while, you may remember seeing a little boy with a mop of blond hair kicking his soccer ball for hours, every day, out on the fields. That kid is now winning games for the boys’ varsity soccer team.

Tiger Winston continued his fantastic first season on the varsity by scoring the game-winner on his first career goal in a key, 4-3 victory over Smithtown Christian. The fearless 8th-grader found the net with just seven minutes remaining to complete a thrilling comeback and give the Brook its fifth consecutive win in the series.

In the first regular season match-up between the two squads, the Knights took a 1-0 lead into halftime before the Bears unleashed a second half barrage to take the 4-1 win. This afternoon the Knights also gained the upper hand early, building a 2-1 lead after the first forty minutes. But just as they had in key moments all season, the Blue and White offense woke up.

The Bears equalized early in the second half, only to fall behind again, 3-2. They still trailed by a goal with less than 15 minutes remaining when David Wadding came through with a huge goal to knot the game, courtesy of a Jai Narain assist. Winston’s heroics followed less than eight minutes later, thanks to a pass from Owen Sobel. The Bears won despite being short-handed with three starters out including starting keeper Sam Han. David Choi returned to his old place between the posts to stop 3 shots in the win.

The other goal scorers for the Bears were Narain and Caleb Spreckels while Winston and Mo Romeus added assists.

With the victory the Bears took another step toward a playoff berth. They need just seven wins to finish .500 in the league and earn the automatic postseason qualifier. Today’s win, including two forfeits from the Ross School which folded its team just before the season, the Bears have six wins with five league games remaining.

The boys are back in action on Friday night in a home match-up with Greenport @ 7:00pm.

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Bears Continue Dominance Over Whalers

October 4, 2017
G Soccer 2016

Maglione (in action last year) had an assist yesterday (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the girls’ soccer team look another step toward a playoff berth with a 3-1 victory over Pierson.

Donna Sanders gave the Brook a 1-0 lead with less than five minutes remaining in the half on an assist from Jessica Nwachukwu. Madison Logan extended the Bear lead nine minutes into the second half thanks to an assist from Caroline Maglione. Pierson halved their deficit in the 64th minute, but Leka Lee-Maeba sealed the victory in the final minute with her 12th goal of the season off of a pass from Beth Felix. Lee-Maeba has been a thorn for Pierson this season, having scored a hat trick against them in a 6-0 win on September 8th. The Bears have not lost to the Whalers since Sept. 27, 2007.

Sophia DiLavore anchored the defense with 8 saves in goal.

The Bears have six wins on the season and are in need of eight in order to finish at least .500 in their league and earn an automatic playoff berth. They have four regular season games remaining, two against teams they have beaten (Smithtown Christian & Port Jeff) and two against teams they have lost to in overtime (Southold & Center Moriches). With less than three weeks to go in the regular season, they are in the driver’s seat to return to the postseason for the first time since 2013, a year in which they won the program’s sixth County Championship in seven years.

The Bears are back in action on Friday evening at Southold/Greenport.

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Boys’ XC Dusts Mercy

October 4, 2017
B XC 2016

Wang in action last year (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

Yesterday afternoon the boys’ cross country team improved to 2-1 on the season in a dominant 19-44 victory over Mercy. It was the Bears’ 8th straight victory over the Monarchs dating back to 1994 including wins in 2013 (18-43), 2012 (21-39), 2000 (15-50), 1999 (15-50), 1998 (15-47), 1997 (24-34), and 1994 (23-25). Their last loss against their east end foes came in 1993, a 28-27 defeat.

Yesterday the Bears grabbed 7 of the first 8 spots on Sunken Meadow’s 2.8 mile course, led by Louis Wang’s victory in 16:20. Riley Corcoran (3rd place/16:25), Max Garner (4th/17:17), Josh Lin (5th/17:26), and Emmanuel Ajewole (6th/17:36) rounded out the scoring for the Brook.

The boys are back on the course in a multi-team meet with the Private Schools Athletic Association (PSAA) on Tuesday.

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Volleyball Sweeps Away Porters

October 4, 2017
Volleyball 2017

Petersen & Graves elevate for a block vs. Mercy earlier this season (PC: Michael Cao)

Yesterday afternoon the volleyball squad swept Greenport/Southold, 3-0, to improve to 7-0 on the season and extend the best start in program history.

The Bears swept the Clippers for the fourth straight time by dominant scores of 25-15, 25-9, 25-12 to solidify their position atop League VIII. Sam Petersen, Hannah Detwiler, Danielle Graves, and Lois Ezi each notched 6 kills while Liz Robbins recorded 10 aces.

In their seven matches this year the Bears have won each with a 3-0 sweep. They are approaching the school record of 11 sweeps accomplished by the 2010 squad that finished 13-3 and lost in the Suffolk County Championship. The difference is that the 2010 team had the benefit of 14 league games while this year’s squad only has ten.

The Bears return to action on Saturday in a non-league match at Center Moriches, a League VII team that currently sits at 4-3.

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League VIII Standings

  1. Stony Brook – 7-0
  2. Pierson/Bridgehampton – 5-1
  3. Port Jeff – 3-3
  4. Mercy – 2-4
  5. Shelter Island – 2-4
  6. Greenport/Southold – 0-7

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