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Preview: Football at Lafayette

The Seawolves are on the road this week, traveling to Easton, Pa. to face the Lafayette Leopards in the last non-conference game of the season. Stony Brook is coming off a 27-9 victory over Big South rival VMI.

In their Homecoming game, the Seawolves definitely protected their house, allowing just 192 yards of total offense. Defense was the story of the game as Stony Brook recorded two interceptions, forced two fumbles, and had three sacks. The Keydets were held to eight yards rushing on 22 carries.

It was the fifth straight Homecoming win for the Seawolves to give them a 2-3 overall record.

On offense junior Michael Coulter (Yorba Linda, Calif.) had a great game, completing 14 of 19 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown to sophomore Jordan Gush (Richardson, Texas). Gush finished the game with nine receptions for 115 yards.

Stony Brook’s two-headed monster combined for 190 yards on the ground, with sophomore Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y) rushing for 99 yards on 21 carries and junior Brock Jackolski (Shirley, N.Y.) rushing for 91 yards and a touchdown.

Lafayette is 0-5 on the season, but its first three losses came by a combined total of 12 points. Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore said he is not looking past the Leopards because of their record.

“They’ve struggled as they are 0-5 but they had a couple of close games that could’ve gone their way,” he said. “But they’re a good program and they have tradition, so I’m expecting them to be very good on Saturday.”

Junior quarterback Ryan O’Neil has thrown for 1139 yards and completed 70 percent of his passes. He threw for 248 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 42-28 loss to Columbia.

Junior running back Jerome Rudolph, who has two of the team’s three rushing touchdowns, will be out for this week with concussion symptoms.

This will be the Leopards’ Homecoming game, and they have a daunting task ahead of them. Their defense is allowing 207 yards rushing per game while the Seawolves are averaging 216 yards on the ground.

This is the first week between Lafayette and Stony Brook. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.

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