A look at the forecast from a few days out put the threat of rain in everyone's mind. But thankfully, we were able to get every game in with only a 40 minute delay in game one of the championship on Saturday. The Stony Brook Seawolves were able to take advantage of that good weather and win their second America East Championship. They also became the first team since Hofstra in 1999 to come back and win four straight in the double elimination format after losing game one.
The Seawolves bookend their weekend in Vestal with matchups against Albany. In game one, Brittany MacFawn and Albany shut the Stony Brook bats down. But on day two Stony Brook and Allison Cukrov ripped off two wins against Hartford and Binghamton to earn a rematch with Albany on Saturday. The only catch was that the Seawolves had to win twice. Of course it's not an easy task ever, but beating the America East Pitcher of the Year in two consecutive games would be a huge challenge. Cukrov and Shayla Giosia put the team on their respective backs and Stony Brook won it all. Check out the highlights from the championship game(s) here and here.
It was also a busy weekend for the Seawolves. As the softball team was busy completing the upset in Binghamton, the women's lax team was in Maryland for the first round of the NCAA tournament. The first round game pitted Stony Brook against Towson and it was a hard fought game. Goalkeeper Frankie Caridi held the lead for Stony Brook, making seven saves as her team went on to win 8-6. The Seawolves became just the third America East team to win an NCAA game and they also earned the right to face No. 1 seed Maryland on Sunday.
Though the Terps got the win in the second round, Stony Brook's season was one of the best in conference history and certainly deserves praise. Three of the players, Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Janine Hillier, also took part in an awesome Google+ hangout that you should take a look at.
This Albany team had a high-scoring offense and a trio of Thompsons that made it fun to watch all season long. Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson combined for 14 points in the final game of the season, a 19-14 defeat at the hands of Denver. The way the whole team played, not just the Thompsons, embodied a season that was truly great. Lyle is a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award (the Heisman Trophy of college lacrosse) as well. And another awesome thing? Lyle, Miles and Ty also did a Google+ hangout with us that you can check out here.
From over the weekend, Howie the Hawk goes over the edge for the Special Olympics.
Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier are headed to the North-South All-Star Game.
Stony Brook pitcher Frankie Vanderka was featured in this New York Post article.
Women's lax player Kristen Bilney was named the UMBC Athlete of the Month.
Maine athletics named its 2013 Hall of Fame class.