Football Hosts Robert Morris On Saturday

Nov. 17, 2000

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Media Info - Kickoff 12:30 p.m. WUSB 90.1 FM Announcers Curt Hylton and Dave Molow

WPIT - 730 AM - Pittsburgh, Pa. Announcers Chris Shovlin and Marty Galosi

Today's Game: Stony Brook and Robert Morris wrap up the 2000 season today at Seawolves Field. The Seawolves look to snap a six-game losing streak while the Colonials look to win the the NEC title outright with a victory today. A win today would mark their second straight outright title and give the Colonials a school record 10 wins in a season.

The Series: RMC holds a 1-0 edge between the two teams. The only meeting came last season when the Colonials downed SB by the score of 50-19. RMC outscored the Seawolves 29-6 in the second half.

D-Rod Emerges: Stony Brook's David Rodriguez turned in his best game as a Seawolf last week at quarterback. After taking over in the second quarter, Rodriguez went on to rush for 101 yards and a touchdown while throwing for 76 yards and two scores. He also filled in as an emergency long-snapper with John Phelan and James Oliveto out with injuries. His efforts earned him Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week and Stony Brook Athlete of the Week honors.

Ralph Sets New Standard: Ralph Menendez plays his final game today as a Seawolf and will finish his career as Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher. Against Jacksonville, he surpassed the mark of 2,342 yards previously held by Oliver Bridges. He now has 2,480 career yards and ranks third all-time in total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns.

Getting On The Board: Stony Brook's 34 points versus Central Connecticut were the second highest total scored this season. The Seawolves scored 60 against St. Francis in September.

Third And Long: Some of the problems in scoring points this season can be attributed to Stony Brook's third down situations. The Seawolves have converted 38-of-134 third down opportunities (28.4%) which ranks sixth in the NEC. A closer look at the third down conversion rate may indicate why. SB has been faced with 78 third downs where they have needed seven or more yards to get a first down and 37 situations where they needed 11 or more yards for a first down. In those 78 chances, the Seawolves have managed only 14 first downs - a conversion rate of 17.9 percent.

Injuries Decimate Seawolves: The Seawolves will be without three starters on defense this afternoon: DT Brandt Hausmann (mononucleosis) LB Alexis Ayala (sprained MCL) LB John Phelan (shoulder) The above list does not include starting safety Dan Bertzos who has been out since the first week of the season with an injured ankle

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

Tackle This: Sophomore linebacker Aden Smith made his first start last week against CCSU with John Phelan and Alexis Ayala sidelined with injuries. Smith did not disappoint, registering a team and career-high 16 tackles on the afternoon. He finished with nine solo stops.

The King Is In The Building: Freshman Chad King has spearheaded a pass defense that has intercepted 16 passes this season. He is tied for the team lead in interceptions with four which ranks second in the NEC. King also ranks fifth on the team in tackles (48) and first in solo takedowns (37).

This And That: Julius Jackson moved from running back to linebacker last week and made two tackles in his first action and that position . . . SB is 11-5 all-time in regular season finales . . . Jermaine Addison and Chad King are tied for the team lead in interceptions with four . . . it took 16 1/2 years for Stony Brook to play two overtime games when the Seawolves went extra time against Jacksonville. They followed that with an overtime contest against Central Connecticut last week.