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Lucas Niskanen and the Seawolves face the Blue Devils on Saturday
 
Lucas Niskanen and the Seawolves face the Blue Devils on Saturday
 
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Nov. 11, 2000

New Britain, Conn. - Today's Game The Seawolves look to snap a five-game losing streak this weekend against Central Connecticut. It is third meeting between the two teams.

The Series Stony Brook holds a 2-0 series edge after defeating the Blue Devils 27-14 last season. The other win came on October 12, 1996 when Stony Brook posted a 52-7 win.

Hitting The Road Stony Brook plays its final road game today. The Seawolves are 1-3 away from home and are 2-7 over the last two seasons on the road.

Menendez Break Marks Two weeks ago, Ralph Menendez became Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher as he netted 70 yards against Jacksonville. That gave him 2,392 career yards, surpassing the old mark of 2,342 held by Oliver Bridges.

Points Hard to Come By Since a 60-point outburst against St. Francis, Stony Brook has managed only 50 points in its last five games, an average of 10 points per game.

Third And Long Some of the problems in scoring points can be attributed to Stony Brook's third down situations. The Seawolves have converted 34-of-122 third down opportunities (27.9%) which ranks sixth in the NEC. A closer look at the third down conversion rate may indicate why. SB has been faced with 71 third downs where they have needed seven or more yards to get a first down and 33 situations where they needed 11 or more yards for a first down. In those 71 chances, the Seawolves have managed only 14 first downs - a conversion rate of 19.7 percent.

Injuries Decimate Seawolves The Seawolves will be without three starters on defense this afternoon. DT Brandt Hausmann is out for the rest of the season with mononucleosis, LB Alexis Ayala is out with a sprained MCL in his right knee, LB John Phelan is out with a shoulder injury. Several others are slowed by injury. Starting CB Demetrious Haronitis (sprained ankle) won't start today but will be available off the bench. Wideout Chris McGovern (sprained ankle) will also be available off the bench Starting quarterback Brian Stanley will give it a shot today after separating his left shoulder against Jacksonville.

Missing You Without Ayala and Phelan in the lineup, Stony Brook is missing its top two tacklers today. Ayala leads the team with 56 stops while Phelan is right behind him with 50.

Mr. Smith Gets A Start Sophomore linebacker Aden Smith, who saw plenty of action two weeks ago when Ayala and Phelan went down, get his first career start today at inside linebacker. He racked up some impressive numbers two weeks ago against Jacksonville, recording 10 tackles on the afternoon, nine of them solo.

The King Is In The Building Freshman Chad King has spearheaded a pass defense that has intercepted 15 passes this season. He leads the team in interceptions with four which ranks second in the NEC. King also ranks third on the team in tackles (44) and first in solo takedowns (36).

Punting Woes Stony Brook has had six punts blocked this year and rank dead last in the NEC, averaging 24.4 points per game.

A Bad Streak A loss today would bring back some bad memories for Stony Brook. The Seawolves five-game losing streak is the longest such streak since the 1990 season. The longest losing stretch in school history is six games that took place over the first six weeks of the 1990 season.

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