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Senior Linebacking Duo of McGinty and Lawless Lead the Seawolves Into the Home Opener Against Bryant

Stony Brook football senior linebackers Noah McGinty (Carlsbad, Calif.) and Shayne Lawless (Moorestown, N.J.) lead the Seawolves into Saturday’s home opener against Bryant at 6 p.m. in Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.

The non-conference match-up is the second game of the season for both teams. The Seawolves (0-1) fell to Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Air Force last week, while the Bulldogs (1-0) defeated New Haven at home.

THE SERIES
This will be the fourth meeting between the two programs. Stony Brook owns a 2-1 series advantage, but Bryant claimed the last meeting, 13-7, in the season-opener in 2014 in LaValle Stadium.

HOME OPENER
Stony Brook opens the home potion of the schedule with the first of five games in LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves are 8-4 in the home opener under head coach Chuck Priore, including a victory over Sacred Heart last season.

QUICK HITTERS
• Stony Brook is 10-10 in season openers since moving to Division I in 1999. The Seawolves have won three of the last five openers, including the 13-9 victory over North Dakota that opened the 2016 season.
• Stony Brook’s captains for the 2018 season are senior QB Joe Carbone, senior TE Cal Daniels, senior LB Shayne Lawless, senior LB Noah McGinty and senior DL John Haggart.
• Senior TE Cal Daniels was named preseason STATS FCS All-American.
• Stony Brook, who finished the 2017 season ranked 11th in both polls, sit 23rd in the AFCA Coaches poll and 24th in the STATS poll this week.

ALL IN THE FAMILY
Stony Brook’s roster includes a pair of brothers for the 2018 season. Junior DL Brandon Lopez will be joined this season by his brother Ryan, a freshman DL. Junior WR Kyle Vadis is joined on the roster by his brother Ryan, a freshman WR.

FIRST TIME STARTERS
Six Seawolves picked up their first career starts at Stony Brook last Saturday at Air Force. RT Chris Infantino, WR Marshall Ellick, RG Jaelen Vazquez, CB TJ Morrison, S EJ Fineran and DT Brandon Lopez.

FIRST TIMERS
A total of six Seawolves saw their first collegiate action last Saturday at Air Force, while five others made their Stony Brook debuts against the Falcons. TE Peter McKenzie, OL Kyle Nunez, WR JP Roane, K Jack Pruban, DL Casey Williams and OL Cameron Lucas all made their collegiate debuts, while transfers RB Kameron Pickett, WR Marshall Ellick, TE Tyrone Wheatley Jr., DB Kareem Gaulden and DB CeQuan Jefferson made their Stony Brook debut.

AGAINST THE MILITARY ACADEMIES
Stony Brook is now 7-5 all-time against the United States’ Military Academies after the loss at Air Force. The Seawolves knocked off FBS foe Army 23-3 in 2012, are 3-0 against the Coast Guard Academy, are 3-4 against the Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point) and are 0-1 against Air Force.

VS. FBS
The season-opener at Air Force marked the 11th time Stony Brook faced a FBS opponent on the gridiron. The Seawolves are now 1-9 against FBS teams in the previous meetings. Stony Brook meet Toledo to open the season in 2015, but the game was not completed due to weather. Last season, in the opener, Stony Brook held a fourth quarter lead at nationally ranked USF.

IN THE RANKS
The Seawolves are ranked in both polls for the seventh straight time this week. Stony Brook sits ranked 23rd in the AFCA Coaches’ poll and sit 24th in the STATS FCS poll this week.

LET’S GO STREAKING…
LBs Noah McGinty and Shayne Lawless have started 24 straight games. TE Cal Danels has started 16 straight games.

SEASON OPENERS UNDER PRIORE
Head coach Chuck Priore is 6-7 in openers at Stony Brook, including a 5-1 record when playing at home to open the season.
Year Opponent Result
2018 at Air Force L, 38-0
2017 at #19 USF* L, 31-17
2016 #19 North Dakota W, 13-9
2015 Central Connecticut W, 38-9
2014 Bryant L, 13-7
2013 at Rhode Island W, 24-0
2012 Central Connecticut W, 49-22
2011 at UTEP L, 31-24 OT
2010 at USF L, 59-14
2009 at Hofstra L, 17-10
2008 Colgate W, 42-26
2007 Georgetown W, 35-28
2006 Hofstra L, 17-8
*FBS ranking

SEAWVOLVES PICKED FOURTH IN THE CAA
The Seawolves were picked to finished fourth in the CAA by the league’s head coaches and Sports Information Directors (SIDs).
Conference team (first place votes)
1. James Madison (21) 241
2. New Hampshire (2) 206
3. Delaware 182
4. Stony Brook 169
5. Elon (1) 168
6. Villanova 164
7. Richmond 127
8. Maine 81
9. UAlbany 78
10. Towson 74
11. William & Mary 55
12. Rhode Island 39

CARBONE CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior QB Joe Carbone sits among the top in several career records at Stony Brook. The Wethersfieldm, Conn., native enters the Bryant game ranked fourth in career completions and attempts, fifth in passing yards and sixth in passing touchdowns. He is 30 completions away from moving up to third, 25 attempts from moving up to third, 85 passing yards away from sliding up to fourth and three passing touchdowns from moving up to fifth.

LIOTINE CRACKS THE TOP 10
Senior RB Donald Liotine sits 10th in Stony Brook’s career all-purpose yards list with 2635 yards entering the Bryant game. He has 1709 rushing yards, 145 receiving yards and 781 kick return yards. Liotine needs 148 yards to move up to ninth place.

UP NEXT
Stony Brook travels to Fordham next Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff at Jack Coffey Field in the Bronx.

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