Monmouth Outlasts Stony Brook Football In Monsoon Conditions - 14-9
Oct. 12, 2002
West Long Branch, N.J. - Monmouth University snapped a five-game losing streak dating back to last season with a 14-9 victory over Stony Brook University in Northeast Conference football action at Kessler Field in West Long Branch, New Jersey.
Both teams faced conditions that had animals outside the gates lining up in pairs and saw only 268 yards of total offense combined.
Monmouth took an early lead as the Hawks' gained possession at the Stony Brook 5-yard line after the Seawolves' punter's knee hit the ground trying to pickup a bad snap. On the next play, Joe Migliore hit paydirt to give the Hawks a 7-0 lead. The Hawks had the ball inside the red zone two more times in the first quarter but had a field goal blocked and failed to convert on a fourth-down opportunity.
The Birds added another touchdown in the second quarter as Mike DiBella, an upback on the punt team, stunned the Seawolves when he took a direct snap and rumbled 51 yards for a touchdown.
Monmouth was attempting to get to halftime with a 14-point lead, but an errant snap on a punt gave Stony Brook the ball at a Monmouth 27-yard line with 2:19 left in the half. Four plays later, T.J. Moriarty rushed 15 yards on a quarterback draw for a TD to slice the lead to 14-7.
In the second half, the teams combined for just 98 yards of total offense and three fumbles.
The final points of the game came with 19 seconds left in the contest as Monmouth's quarterback threw the ball out of the back of the end zone for an intentional safety.
Linebacker Aden Smith was terrific for the Seawolves, notching 15 tackles, 14 of them solos. The Seawolves passing attack was hindered by the wind and the rain as starter Scott Bard managed only six completions for a total of 26 yards on the day.
The loss dropped Stony Brook to 3-2 overall, 2-2 in NEC action. Stony Brook returns home for a homecoming matchup with Sacred Heart next Saturday at 4 p.m.