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Football Preview: Stony Brook vs. #11/9 UMass

Junior RB Eddie Gowins (abdominal strain) will likely miss time again on Saturday.

Coming off a tough loss to Brown this past Saturday, Stony Brook looks to bounce back this week at home against CAA-powerhouse Massachusetts.

Last week, after taking a 20-10 lead in the third quarter, the Bears were able to rally and defeat the Seawolves in double-overtime, 33-30. Junior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) led the Seawolves in rushing with 135 yards and two touchdowns, his second straight 100-yard, two-touchdown game. Junior receiver Matt Brevi (Tampa, Fla.) had career highs of nine catches and 157 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown reception. Sophomore Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) added 72 rushing yards and a score. This was the second consecutive game these three players each had a touchdown.

On defense, safety Arin West (Toms River, N.J.) led the way with 12.5 tackles. In just his second start, junior cornerback Cedrick Moore (Lakewood, Calif.) tied a school record with three interceptions.

Star running back Edwin Gowins (Bellport, N.Y.) sat out for the second straight game with a strained abdominal muscle. Head coach Chuck Priore said he is listed as questionable for this week’s game.

Joining Gowins on the injured list for Saturday is linebacker Craig Richardson (Malden, Mass.), who injured his elbow in last week’s game. He has not had any contact in practice this week. Priore said he will be able to play on Saturday with a protective brace on his elbow. Richardson has totaled 17 tackles in three games.

UMass nearly pulled off a huge upset last Saturday, but fell to Michigan 42-37, taking their record to 2-1. Running back Jonathan Hernandez had two scores last week and leads the team with 317 rushing yards.

Quarterback Kyle Havens also had two touchdowns against the Wolverines, and has already thrown for 738 yards in just three games. Havens has completed 68 percent of his passes and threw touchdowns to five different receivers. Priore said the Seawolves defense will have to pressure Havens to slow him down.

“It’s important to mix the coverage up on him and not allow the big plays,” he said. “We need to put some pressure on him.”

UMass leads the all-time series 2-0, blowing out Stony Brook both times, 48-7 in 2008 and 44-17 last season.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 6 p.m at LaValle Stadium.

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