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Stony Brook-Vermont stage is set

Stony Brook's Scott King slams home the ball

(Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan)

It’s been a topsy-turvy year in college basketball, and the America East Conference is no exception. Stony Brook lost its grip on first place when it was upset Sunday at Hartford, but Vermont returned the favor with a loss Tuesday night at Boston University while the Seawolves were romping to a 73-47 win over last-place Binghamton.

That means Stony Brook (18-6, 9-2 America East) has a half-game...

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WBB Metro Poll: SJU 5th, Hofstra No. 10

Hofstra's Candace Bond looks for a shot. (Dec.

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The poll is almost a mirror image of last week as the top nine teams remained the same. The only change was Hofstra replacing Stony Brook in the 10th spot.

1. Quinnipiac (19-2) 2. Marist (17-6) 3. Princeton (14-5) 4. Rutgers (14-8) 5. St. John’s (11-10) 6. Fordham (16-7) 7. Army (17-6) 8. Sacred Heart (15-7) 9. Fairfield (14-9) 10. Hofstra (11-11)

Area Teams Army, Columbia, Fairfield,...

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Metro Poll: Stony Brook No. 1, St. John's 2nd

Stony Brook's Tommy Brenton drives the baseline against

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Stony Brook’s loss at Hartford didn’t affect the voter’s view as the Seawolves stayed in the top spot. St. John’s and Iona remained at second and third, respectively. Fairfield swapped places with Princeton, while Wagner remained at No. 6. LIU jumped two spots after winning eight of his last nine games, while Seton Hall and Rutgers each slid one spot. Rider stated at 10th.

1. Stony Brook (17-6)...

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Shante Evans gets 2,000 points

Hofstra's Shante Evans drives to the basket. (Dec.

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She’s done everything for Hofstra and is now in a class by herself.

Pride senior forward Shante Evans surpassed the 2,000-point plateau in Sunday’s 72-59 win over Georgia State at the Mack Sports Complex. Evans had 19 points and 11 rebounds in the win.

With 2,001 points, Evans is one of just seven players in CAA history to reach 2,000-points and one of two active players –Delaware's...

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Seawolves look forward to huge homestand

Stony Brook's Jameel Warney dunks the ball. (Dec.

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Now, it’s about holding serve for Stony Brook, defending the home hardwood. A rough stretch of 11 road games in the past 15 contests ended with a 60-55 upset loss Sunday afternoon at Hartford, a result that dropped the Seawolves into second place in the America East half a game behind Vermont.

Stony Brook leads the nation in true road wins with 10, but this was the one that got away thanks...

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St. John's men's lacrosse preview

St. John's University lacrosse player Kiernan McArdle during

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St. John’s University

Last year: 8-7

Coach: Jason Miller (29-54)

Players to Watch: A: Big East preseason player of the year Kieran McArdle (28 goals, 32 assists), Kevin Cernuto (24,11). M: Dillon Ayers (65 groundballs), Brandon Ayers (21), Ryan Fitzgerald (13 g, 3 a). D: Joe Addona (19 groundballs, 16 caused turnovers) G: Jeff Lowman; Face-off: Jordan Rothman (.508 percent, 59...

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Suffolk CC men's lacrosse preview

Suffolk CC

Last year: 12-5

Coach: Brendan Chamberlain (Sixth Season 53-27)

Players to watch: M: Kenny Meinsen (51,19), Lucas Sarmineto (16,8) D: Jordan Carlock, D Dylan Feeney. A: Tyler Meigel (46,15), Danny Cruz (11,10)

Newcomers: M: Connor Boesch (Dowling), Kevin Parker. A: Josh Shaw

Outlook: Expects to contend for regional title....

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Nassau CC men's lacrosse preview

Nassau CC's James O'Boyle, left, passes as he

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Nassau CC

Last Year: 15-4

Coach : George Powers (third year, 28-8)

Players to watch: A: James O'Boyle (10,6), Kevin Teresky. M: John Brandofino (29,7), Michael Iacono. D: Calvin Bollar, Nick Capparelli

Newcomers: M: Deon Ellis, Tom Graeff, Dan Yates. D: Alec Salvadori. G: Jake Siciliano

Key stat: Made appearances in 42 of 43 NJCAA Final Four.

Outlook: Expectations...

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Briarcliffe men's lacrosse preview

Briarcliffe College

Last year: 11-5. Won Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League Conference Championship.

Coach: SeanMichael Pagano (fifth season, 43-18).

Players to watch: A Matt Karp (43, 8), Jon Trama (34, 3a), Jon Bonacore (10, 12). M: Tim Dillon (180-232 faceoffs, 66 gb), Eric Vitale (42 gb). , G Matt Gierle (2.4 GAA).

Newcomers: M: Adam Davis, Chris Pukki. A: Tucker Williams.

Key...

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Stony Brook women's lacrosse players to watch in 2013

Stony Brook attack Claire Petersen. (Feb. 1, 2012)

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CLAIRE PETERSEN

The senior attack is the reigning America East player of the year. She set Stony Brook records for single-game assists (8) and points (10) and single-season assists (59) and points (101), both of which ranked second in the country.

DEMMIANNE COOK

Cook, a senior midfield, led the Seawolves last season with 68 goals (fourth in the nation), 37 ground balls and was...

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