The Statesman’s third-annual Spring Sports Preview examines Stony Brook University’s baseball, softball, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams. Read profiles of the university’s Division I athletes, and see what to expect this year in the America East Conference.
The Stony Brook softball team usually starts off the season playing tournaments down in the southern part of the United States, because it is winter on Long Island.
It’s not something the California girls may be used to.
“If I could do something for four years, I want to experience something different,” sophomore catcher Irene Rivera, who grew up in Sylmar, California, said. “To see the four seasons, it’s cool. It’s something different.”
Every year, the softball team sends out its recruiters all across the country, looking for top-tier talent. It used to be, and still is, a normality for the Seawolves to bring a lot of west coast talent to come play here.
“When the program started here at Stony Brook, we needed to get the best players possible,” head coach Megan Bryant said. “A lot of California players were looking to come east, so we just went with that, and it’s been a pipeline for us ever since.”
In part of the process of recruiting and selling the team to potential softball players, it was not just the sport that brought players to Stony Brook.
“Stony Brook is a very academically tough school,” junior infielder Chelsea Evans said. “And I think that in the long run, when I graduate, a degree from Stony Brook is going to stand out compared to a degree from another school. So that was really important to me.”
Rivera had similar feelings.
“The campus is beautiful, it’s family oriented and the academics are on top of it,” Rivera said about her first visit to Stony Brook. “I know that in order for me to be successful, I need hard academics, or just to be on top of my academics and that really jumped out to me.”
Stony Brook has built a reputation for having successful and intelligent athletes. According to Stony Brook Athletics website, since the 2006-2007 academic school year, more than 250 Seawolves have posted 3.0 GPAs and higher during their fall and spring semesters.
However, as time has passed, things have started to change in terms of the location of recruitment talent. While the west coast is still a premiere recruiting area, the east coast is slowly rising to match the level of west coast talent.
“I think there was a time where you could have said that there was much more talent on the west coast,” Bryant said. “And over the last 15 years, there’s a lot more parody, and there’s a great number of talented players from all over the country. So I don’t think they have the stronghold on it now like they did in the past.”
In addition, there are always differences and issues that players face when traveling to the opposite side of the country to go to college, and in this case, play a sport.
“I don’t get to see my family as much,” Rivera said about a challenge she’s faced. “They would come to every game I played back home and I could talk to them after each game. Now, instead of a face-to-face conversation and talking about what I did right and wrong in the game, it’s a phone call. So that’s something that’s different.”
For Evans, being away isn’t as much of an issue, but she has noticed some differences.
“College ball is a fast-paced game, and so is [travel] softball,” Evans said. “There’s always going to be different coaching styles you’re not used to or different techniques you learn, but I just think that’s a part of the game.”
With the team set to open up their season in Florida for a tournament, the main goal is the same as it’s always been: make the conference tournament and win.
Young baseball players’ dreams are often realized when they are drafted by a Major League Baseball team. But for Stony Brook Baseball senior centerfielder Toby Handley, that dream is being put on hold.
“As soon as I made the decision [to come back], I wanted to embrace it but not dwell on it,” Handley said. “I felt secure with my decision and I didn’t need to think twice.”
Handley declined an offer from the Houston Astros who drafted him in the 33rd round following his junior season in 2016. Despite the excitement of being drafted by an MLB team, his commitment to the Seawolves took priority.
“I didn’t want to hear what they wanted to offer,” Handley said of the Astros. “Guys on my team and in my class, who I have been with since freshman year… I felt like I was abandoning them. I want to go out with them and I want to go out in a better way.”
Handley is one of three seniors in this year’s class. Outfielder Casey Baker and shortstop Jeremy Giles have played alongside Handley since they were freshmen.
“Having him back is huge as well as all of the position players we have back, a lot of our pitchers are coming back,” Baker, a suitemate of Handley, said. “We wanna make sure he made the right choice by helping him win another one.”
The senior class has, as Handley put it, “unfinished business” this season, referencing the team’s defeat to Binghamton in the America East Championship in 2014 and 2016. He admitted the rivalry was a major factor in his return.
“The rivalry is building. Revenge is a good theme for the season,” Handley said about Binghamton. “We aren’t going to take anyone lightly this season and hopefully we will get right back to ‘Brookball’,” a name the team has coined for its scrappy, small-ball style.
Handley garnered interest from MLB teams after three strong seasons as a Seawolf. He has a .297 batting average, 69 RBIs and 36 stolen bases across those three seasons, while displaying defensive mastery in centerfield. However, Handley’s numbers dipped somewhat last season, including a batting average drop from .330 in 2015 to .297 in 2016.
“I don’t know how to put it, but I lost a lot [of weight] during the season and I kind of fell off,” Handley said. “This offseason I knew I had to get my weight up and my strength up so I could carry throughout the whole season. Speed I am always focusing on. When I’m getting stronger I am also getting faster.”
Handley was not satisfied with his play in 2016 and his return was also motivated by his belief that he can improve, helping not only himself but also his team, while hopefully increasing his draft stock.
“Every single one of these guys thinks that getting the opportunity to get drafted and have the opportunity to play in the big leagues is a dream,” head coach Matt Senk said. “We were going to be happy for him if he signed but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I was happy to hear he came back.”
Senior midfielder Alex Corpolongo braces for the inevitable as his collegiate career as an impeccable midfielder for the Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team will come to an end after this upcoming season.
The explosive shooter from Purdys — a hamlet in Westchester County — will be testing out the waters in the working world as life after lacrosse is rapidly approaching.
“I have a job lined up with a company I did an internship with this past summer in construction management,” Corpolongo said. “But I don’t know what to do, I’ll start there and see where life takes me I guess.”
Corpolongo still refuses to let go of the game he has played his whole life. A new position could be in the works if he decides to pursue the game he knows best in a new role, as a coach.
“I’ve already had conversations with coaches I’ve had to see if maybe that could be an option for me going forward,” Corpolongo said about coaching. “You know I want to stay close to the game for sure. We have a very tight-knit community in lacrosse, it’s very rewarding to be close with a lot of different people that you would have no way of meeting if you didn’t play the game, so I definitely want to stay close to the game, so coaching would be something that definitely interests me.”
Head coach Jim Nagle was able to see Corpolongo grow as a person and a player, coaching him since his freshman year of college.
“It was real evident from his work in the classroom the type of student he was, his work ethic, his commitment, all of those things,” Nagle said, reminiscing on his recruitment of Corpolongo. “Clearly he had talent, but he had all of those intangible leadership qualities that you saw immediately when you met him.”
Both a coach and a mentor to his midfielder, Nagle is not worried about where Corpolongo will wind up in the future.
“He’s a real meticulous worker,” Nagle said of the two-time member of the All-Academic team. “Off the field, he is a tremendous student, he is very diligent in everything he does and that transfers to his lacrosse skills very well.”
Nagle will ultimately begin the process in which he will replace the impact Corpolongo has made on the field for his team over the past several years.
“It’s more about his leadership,” Nagle said. “Teaching guys how to work and take the shots, and have the diligence that he did.”
The once superstitious middle schooler who used to wear the same shirt for every game during the season needs just 31 goals this year to slide into the top 10 on the Stony Brook career goals list. It’s a number that should be doable for the sharpshooting midfielder as he was able to tally a career-high 36 last season, a number he has improved upon every year.
“It would feel great, it’s probably not one of the main things I have on my mind,” Corpolongo said. “But a milestone like that, there’s been some really great players to play here and being in that company would definitely be an honor.”
Aside from becoming one of the best scorers in men’s lacrosse history at Stony Brook, the New York native has something else in mind that he wants to accomplish when he wraps up his athletic career this year.
“We’re definitely ready to get that America East championship,” Corpolongo said. “It’s kind of eluded us throughout my three years playing so far but I think it’s definitely in our reach this year and we’re going to go after it with everything we have.”
The shooter best known for his outside sniping abilities from long distance has shown improvement on his shot every season. Corpolongo scored 13 more goals in his junior season compared to his sophomore campaign.
The dynamic midfielder will be a major key to the success that Stony Brook will have this year during his senior campaign. With his ability to shoot from long distance, leadership qualities and his rare versatility to shoot both right handed and left handed, the 2016 first team all-conference player is optimistic about his final season as a Seawolf. Corpolongo has started off his senior year on the right not as he was able to net the game-winning goal in the first game of the season.
Corpolongo accredits all of his major successes to his parents who have been able to push him the extra mile both on and off the field.
“I would say my parents both have really guided me,” Corpolongo said. “What they told me growing up was to find something I really love to do, so that I could go after that with just all of my passion, so that it wouldn’t feel like work. That’s basically what lacrosse is for me, this is what I would do if I wasn’t a Division-I athlete, I would be playing lacrosse anyway. I really love this game.”
When Inside Lacrosse and US Lacrosse Magazine released their NCAA previews before the 2017 season, two Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse players — attacks senior Courtney Murphy and junior Kylie Ohlmiller — were blazoned on the cover, and unmistakably so.
Murphy set the NCAA single-season goals record, with 100, while Ohlmiller ranked fifth in the nation in points and was twice highlighted on ESPN’s “Top-10 Plays” for her flashy style.
But within the team, while the attention is an incredible feeling — “every little girl’s dream,” as Ohlmiller put it — it is perhaps a tinge sour that senior midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke does not share the spotlight.
“Murph might have some numbers, I might have some numbers,” Ohlmiller said. “But Dorr has some numbers too… and her work between the 30s, getting the ball back for us, she really doesn’t get the respect that she deserves. If it was up to me, our whole entire team would be on the cover of the lacrosse magazines.”
Van Dyke has been a three-time America East first-team all-conference player, and entered the year ranked sixth among all active NCAA players with 144 career goals. For her to be flying under the radar, as she has, borders on the absurd.
“I think Dorr, from the outside, is an unsung hero,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “To me, she’s just a hero. I think she just does so much for us.”
The senior from Northport is listed on the roster as 6-feet-tall, the tallest player on the Seawolves roster, but she moves on the field with the grace and agility of someone several inches shorter, creating matchup problems for opposing defenses.
“When you see Dorrien running down the field, with that kind of speed and size,” Spallina said. “That’s a lot for a defense to handle… She’s one of the best midfielders in the country, no doubt in my mind.”
Van Dyke’s versatility across the field sets her apart from her offensive peers. As a two-way midfielder, she plays in all three zones of the field and can have an impact on the game in a number of ways, particularly by gaining possession of ground balls and draw controls.
“For Murph and I, our job is just to put the ball in the back of the net,” Ohlmiller said. “We only have so many things we need to do. But Dorr has to do stuff all over the field. She’s a great leader, and if she’s off in one aspect of her game, she makes up for it in all the other aspects.”
Off the field, Spallina raved about the type of person Van Dyke is: a team captain, a great student, an ambassador for Stony Brook Athletics.
“She’s the type of girl that will stop by my office, just to hang out and talk,” he said.
But on the field, she’s a physical mismatch and adept in all trades of the craft, vital to the success of her team, even if her name is not distributed on thousands of laminated headlines.
“It doesn’t bother me at all,” Van Dyke said of the national feature stories about her teammates. “I’m just happy that it gets Stony Brook’s name out there. That’s so important. Little girls are looking at these magazines, they see Murph and Kylie, and think, ‘I want to go to Stony Brook.’”
It is not easy to cope with the departure of a 10-person senior class that accounted for seven of 10 starters in the 2016 men’s lacrosse campaign, but such is the nature of collegiate sports. The turnaround is fast and it hits hard. Every team is without its pillars of the recent past. The best programs take transition in stride, navigating seamlessly from one era to the next.
But last year’s Stony Brook squad was special, consisting of the program’s all-time leading scorer, Brody Eastwood, and just one of five Seawolves to record over 200 career points, Challen Rogers.
And neither of them led the team in scoring. That honor went to Matt Schultz.
All of these faces, which have served as the program’s poster children for the past four years, are now gone, setting the stage for a new era of underclassmen to rise through the ranks.
There are 18 freshmen on this year’s Stony Brook men’s lacrosse team, making the class far and away the largest on the team. Sophomores hold another 12 roster spots; juniors another nine; seniors just seven.
“We lost that big senior class that scored all those goals. We’re just moving guys around and trying to figure it out,” head coach Jim Nagle said. “I think top to bottom we may be more athletic, but we’re just a little unseasoned and we’ve got a lot to work on, that’s for sure.”
Four of the Seawolves’ six leading scorers from 2016 season have graduated. The two remaining are midfielder Alex Corpolongo and attack Ryan Bitzer, both seniors.
Corpolongo will spearhead a middy core that serves as the team’s deepest position. Known for his blistering shot that wreaks havoc from a distance, he notched a career-high 36 goal season in 2016, tied for second on the team.
Short stick defensive midfielder senior Jeff Reh was a preseason All-American selectee, while sophomore long stick midfielder Ryland Rees is coming off a breakout freshman season in which he led the team with 45 ground balls to couple 15 caused turnovers.
Reh and Rees will help fill a defensive gap left by the transfer of Ben Randall — a much heralded defensive anchor and favorite of Nagle — to Ohio State University, located in Randall’s home state.
But with Randall gone, an already youthful defensive lineup — one that Schultz accredited to reaching the prestige of the team’s offense last season, as it had been lagging behind earlier in his career — is left with a void to be filled by an underclassman.
“As a whole, just us working together, really creating that bond that we need for the season to start and try to make a run,” Bitzer said of the team’s primary offseason focus.
Nagle cited the attack as the part of the field with the most folds to iron out. While Bitzer was converted from midfielder to attack in order to bolster the position and offer tutelage to a underclassman-heavy team, Nagle will take a by-committee approach to the remaining spots.
Attack freshmen Tom Haun and Cory VanGinhoven got the starting nod during the team’s season-opening 12-11 win at Sacred Heart. Haun impressed with a team-leading four goals, pegging him as an early favorite to solidify a spot in the starting rotation.
“We’re trying to figure out the attack still and I think we’ll just be a different team with a lot of two-way potential,” Nagle said.
After winning the starting spot as a surprise performer during his freshman season and splitting time evenly with now-graduated transfer from Boston College Zach Oliveri last season, junior Brandon Maciejewski will serve as the Seawolves’ sole resident in the cage. His 2016 save percentage of .554 would have been good for 15th in Division I, but he did not eclipse the minimum amount of minutes played required to be officially ranked.
Last year’s team — which peaked at eighth ranked in the country — was poised with the talent, maturity and chemistry to finally capture a National Tournament berth that has eluded the team since 2010, only to suffer an upset to Vermont in the America East semifinals.
This year, a flurry of fresh faces have softened expectations: the team was ranked fourth of seven in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, behind Albany, Hartford and Vermont. But for the players, the goal remains the same.
“We’re definitely, definitely ready to get that America East Championship,” Corpolongo said. “It’s kind of eluded us throughout my three years playing so far, but I think it’s well in our reach this year and we’re going to go after it with everything we have.”
It was March 6, 2016. The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team hosted the third-ranked Florida Gators in its home opener. The Seawolves played more efficient lacrosse than their counterparts in both the offensive and defensive zones, but were beaten badly in draw controls, trailing 11-2 in the category.
Stony Brook lost the game, 7-6.
Then on March 12, Stony Brook flew to Illinois to face Northwestern, a team it had beaten the previous year. Again, the Seawolves held their own in traditional offense and defense. The Wildcats crushed in the circle, however, winning draw controls, 13-2.
Stony Brook lost the game, 7-6.
On May 15, Stony Brook faced Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A win would have punched a ticket to the Elite 8, but Syracuse senior midfielder Kayla Treanor dominated on faceoffs, where the Orange beat the Seawolves, 11-4.
Stony Brook lost the game, 7-6, to end its season.
The defeat was a hard pill for the Seawolves to swallow, but it illuminated a part of the game in which Stony Brook had to be better to succeed in the future.
“If we want to reach our goal of winning a national championship, it starts with us being a better draw team,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “If we don’t do that, we’re going to put ourselves in more tough situations.”
On a team drowning in talent, with goals set higher than any Stony Brook team has ever set, areas for improvement become intricate and particularized.
The Stony Brook offense, which is returning 96.8 percent of its scoring from a record-shattering 2016 season, has little to prove. The defense is experiencing more changeover, following the graduation of seniors Maegan Meritz and Alyssa Fleming, but Spallina has little doubt in that unit’s ability to succeed in their absence.
Attacker Courtney Murphy, now in her senior season, is on pace to become the most prolific goal scorer in collegiate lacrosse history later this season and expectations are higher than ever.
“We’re done coming up short,” junior attacker Kylie Ohlmiller, who had 91 points last season, said. “We’re done talking the talk. We’re going to walk the walk.”
Stony Brook has been featured in national lacrosse publications and ranked top-five in the nation preseason, so few are doubting the team’s potential any more. With any more hype, the team could change its mantra from “Prove People Wrong” to “Prove People Right.”
The Seawolves embrace the blue-collar, Long Island identity. Spallina lauds his team’s ability to “out-work” opponents, and now the team has a greater chip on their shoulder than ever before.
Stony Brook defeated Syracuse by 12 goals in a fall scrimmage, which may have provided at least a little bit of redress, even in an exhibition game, but the thirst for postseason success remains.
“We want to end this year on the highest high, not the lowest low,” senior midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke said. “The last few years have been heartbreakers and that is not going to happen again.”
On attack, Murphy, Ohlmiller and Van Dyke were the only trio of teammates in the nation to all reach 70 points last season. But three midfielders — senior Kristin Yevoli, junior Samantha DiSalvo and freshman Ally Kennedy — will look to step up and increase the scoring depth.
“Ally Kennedy is a special player,” Spallina said of the North Babylon product. “She’s one of our top midfielders right now, as a freshman. She can do everything.”
Sophomore midfielders Keri McCarthy and Kasey Mitchell and junior transfer defender Carolyn Carrera will rotate in as a “three-headed monster” on draw controls, the Seawolves’ Achilles heel in big games last season.
“Whoever is in a groove, we’re going to ride with,” Spallina said. “It’s matchups, it’s who’s proving themselves in practice. [Associate head coach] Kim Hillier has a really good read on it and I trust her.”
On defense, where Stony Brook has ranked top-two in the country four seasons in a row, there are a lot of interchangeable parts. Junior Brooke Gubitosi, who started last season, is out with a lower-body injury so senior Jessica Volpe is the lone returning defensive starter.
“Jess Volpe is a leader down there,” Ohlmiller said. “No matter who is back there with her, and in what positions, she knows the system like the back of her hand and she can direct everyone.”
Volpe is one of eight seniors on the team. The senior class has never been unranked in its tenure and has beaten 10 ranked teams.
“This senior class — I can’t even put into words what they mean to me,” Spallina said. “To do something special with this group would be everything. I wake up every morning and that’s what I think of.”
What is Stony Brook Baseball’s greatest strength as it embarks on the 2017 season? If you ask sophomore pitcher and 2016 America East Rookie of the Year Bret Clarke, he would tell you it is revenge.
The theme of revenge stems from the team’s 6-3 loss to Binghamton in the America East Conference Championship last season. The Bearcats were voted the the preseason favorites in the America East Coaches Poll released last week. Stony Brook has 18 returning players from last season’s roster that lost in the America East Championship and were voted second in the coaches poll.
“Last year they beat us each of the four times we played them. Those four games I learned not necessarily to like them but respect them. They beat us four times,” Clarke said. “I feel this year we are gonna have a good mindset going into the year and really think about what happened last year and use that to our advantage.”
Since former starting pitchers Chad Lee and Tyler Honahan graduated, Clarke will be called upon to take the lead in the team’s starting rotation. Head coach Matt Senk has the utmost confidence that Clarke will be taking the ball on in the opening games of weekend series this season, which is generally reserved for a team’s top starting pitcher.
“If Bret is going to be our ace then we expect, every time out there, he’s going to give us a chance to win,” head coach Matt Senk said. “He gives us a chance to not only go out and win, but outperform the other team’s ace, because I’d imagine he’d be matched up against their number one. We feel that Bret is more than capable of doing that.”
Senk likes the depth of his roster this season and cites the team’s pitching as a primary example of that. “I could make a case for half a dozen players to be a starter,” he said.
Junior left-handed pitcher Kevin Kernan, who spot started in the America East Conference Semifinals, allowed two runs across six innings to help eliminate top-seeded Hartford. Sophomore pitcher Joe Baran was mentioned as someone who has improved greatly in the offseason and was possibly in the mix for the rotation to begin the season.
Stony Brook’s incoming freshman class was listed as one of the 16 “under the radar recruiting classes” of 2016, according to Baseball America. The Seawolves have brought several young pitchers aboard who have had success starting. Sam Turcotte, or “Big Turk” as his high school teammates and coaches would call him, is a 6-foot-5-inch right-handed pitcher from Ontario and the 6-foot-4-inch freshman Brian Herrmann will also battle for positions in the three-man starting rotation.
During Stony Brook’s first weekend of action, junior pitchers Nick Montefusco and Aaron Pinto each started a game, but Senk has not confirmed whether the rotation will remain as such.
While the Seawolves’ strong freshman class supplied the team with several future starting pitchers, infielder Michael Wilson highlights perhaps the strongest class in program history. Wilson was drafted in the 12th round of the MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox but chose to commit to Stony Brook instead. Only nine of Stony Brook’s 25 alumni who have been selected in the MLB Draft have been drafted earlier than him.
“Unless something dramatically happens that he doesn’t continue to improve, professional baseball is [always] going to be there,” Senk said. “He has a tremendous skillset. I think he can play any of the three outfield positions, but right now our biggest void is at second base. I’m not saying that is where he will be [come the start of the season] but it is certainly an option for us.”
His commitment to Stony Brook makes him the highest drafted Stony Brook commit to ever be successfully recruited out of high school, according to Senk. While there is a hole at second base since Jack Parenty graduated, Senk did not say if Wilson would play second base. Senk does have a history of taking the advantage of the versatility of his players, so not having a set position is entirely possible. Regardless of position, he is expected to make an immediate impact to start the season. Wilson was unable to be spoken to, per program policy.
The freshman class only bolsters a roster that is full of hungry and vengeful upperclassmen. Senior Toby Handley has returned for his senior season despite being drafted by the Houston Astros in last season’s MLB Draft. Handley, who is expected to lead off for his third consecutive season, has said he has added muscle to become a better all around ball player.
“Last year we put our best effort forward but things just weren’t clicking,” Handley said. This year it just feels like more things are being put together and everybody is getting along much better.”
Handley returns for his senior season alongside senior outfielder Casey Baker and shortstop Jeremy Giles as members of the team who lost to Binghamton both last season and in 2014 season as freshmen.
“I don’t know that we fully played up to our potential,” Senk said of his team. “We’re anxious to go back out there this year and play to our capabilities and that will put us in a good position.”
The Stony Brook softball team will be playing with heavy hearts in 2017 as the team dedicates the season to former infielder Danni Kemp, who is undergoing treatment for an inoperable brain tumor.
“We’re having to manage a situation with a very sick teammate, and that’s a very long road for everybody,” head coach Megan Bryant said. “Our goal is to honor her and dedicate our season to her. It’s a difficult road for everybody, especially for Danni, her family and those closest to her.”
Before the softball season began, the entire Stony Brook athletics department took several steps to honor Kemp. During a Feb. 12 Stony Brook Men’s Basketball home game, Seawolves from each Division I sport at the university showed support by sporting t-shirts that had the hashtag #DK23 on them.
While Bryant remains determined to help the Kemp family as much as she can, the focus remains on winning the America East title for the third time (2008 and 2013 were the two previous tournament championships).
“The overall expectations for our team remain the same, and that’s to be successful and challenge for the America East championship,” Bryant said. “We did graduate quite a few seniors. While we take a lot of pride in our defensive ability, it’s going to be key for our pitching staff to step up.”
The Seawolves’ 2017 pitching staff will play a vital role as the team attempts to come back from finishing third in the standings last year. Bryant expects junior Maddy Neales to step up and lead the squad this season along with sophomore Lindsey Hughes and senior Alex Petrolia.
In addition, Stony Brook now has two freshman pitchers, Melissa Rahrich and Taylor Pechin.
Neales threw 110 innings last season as the team’s No. 2 pitcher. She struck out batters at a high rate — about one per inning — but struggled with control at times, walking 84 hitters and posting an earned run average of 4.72.
But this season, Neales will see increased work, replacing Jane Sallen, who led the conference in wins (16), saves (5) and appearances (39) in 2016, as the team’s top arm.
Senior infielder Lexie Shue and junior infielder Chelsea Evans were named captains for the new season, and the pressure is on as they lead the Seawolves in an emotional season.
“It’s a big responsibility and it’s a very big privilege,” Shue said. “It’s definitely an extra responsibility that I haven’t had over the past three years. It’s a new page that I need to get used to.”
Shue batted .281 last season, while Evans hit .291. Three of Stony Brook’s top four batters in average last season have graduated from the team.
The Seawolves hit the field for their first game on Feb. 24 against the Detroit Titans in the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational in Florida.