Seawolves Comeback Bid Falls Short vs. Sacred Heart 38-35
Oct. 30, 2004
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Sacred Heart survived a furious second half comeback attempt by Stony Brook as the Pioneers held on for a 38-35 victory over the Seawolves on Saturday evening at LaValle Stadium. With the loss, the Seawolves fell to 2-6 on the season and 2-4 in Northeast Conference play, while the Pioneers improved to 5-3 and 2-3.
Ed Pricolo rushed for three first-half touchdowns, including one with 26 seconds remaining in the first half to stake SHU to a 31-12 halftime lead.
T.J. Moriarty's seven-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter capped a nine play, 67-yard drive to draw SB within 31-19.
The Pioneers responded with a 70-yard scoring drive punctuated with a 22-yard pass from Dan Ammel to Bryan Butterworth to push the lead to 38-19.
Sean Forman's 37-yard field goal late in the third quarter inched Stony Brook to within 38-22 and, after a defensive stand, Londre Blocker returned a punt 76 yards to paydirt. The two point conversion failed and SHU led 38-28.
With just over five minutes remaining in the game, running back Rod Williams took a middle screen pass from Moriarty and dashed 68-yards for a touchdown. After the extra point, SB trailed 38-35.
On the ensuing drive, Emeka Ibekweh and David Bamiro recorded consecutive sacks to pin the Pioneers deep in their own zone and force the punt. SB began the drive at the SHU 42-yard line, but was stopped on a third and long at the Sacred Heart 24. Forman was sent on to attempt the game-tying field goal, but he hooked it wide right to end the SB comeback bid as SHU ran the clock out to earn the win.
Moriarty finished 12-of-19 for 225 yards and a touchdown, while Williams rushed for 78 yards on 10 carries for the Seawolves. Bamiro's sack gave him 27.5 for his career, making him the NEC's all-time leader.
Pricolo rushed for a game-high 158 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries. Ammel completed 18-of-29 passes for a score and 241 yards.
The Seawolves return to action on Saturday when they travel to take on Iona at 12:30 p.m.