Junior running back Eddie Gowins of Bellport has had trouble staying healthy this season for the Seawolves. The groin injury he suffered against Massachusetts is expected to keep him out another 2-3 weeks beyond this afternoon's game against Virginia Military Institute at LaValle Stadium. That means he will miss next Saturday's game at Lafayette of the Patriot League and possibly the next conference game at Coastal Carolina.
Fortunately for the Seawolves (1-3), the combination of running backs Brock Jackolski and Miguel Maysonet, both of whom transferred from Hofstra, has been terrific with each averaging over seven yards per carry. Fans are beginning to fill the seats on an absolutely beautiful afternoon for SBU's Big South Conference opener against the Keydets (2-2).
VMI should provide a good test for Stony Brook. The Keydets' two losses were to tough William & Mary (45-0) of the Colonial Athletic Association and FBS opponent Virginia (48-7) of the ACC. VMI routed Lock Haven (48-6) in its opener and last week opened Big South play with a 24-13 win over 0-5 Presbyterian College.
I will try to update the blog a couple of times with details of the game, but you also might tune in WUSB (90.1 FM), where you will hear me at halftime.
By the way, Stony Brook athletics must be on the map now. The new York Times is covering the game as part of a larger article in its Sunday paper.