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Ralph Menendez became Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher against Jacksonville Saturday.
 
Ralph Menendez became Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher against Jacksonville Saturday.
 
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Oct. 26, 2000

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook at Jacksonville - 1:00 p.m. Game carried live on WUSB 90.1 FM

Today's Game: The Seawolves look to snap a four-game losing streak against non-conference Jacksonville this afternoon. It is Stony Brook's first non-conference game since week one of the season.

The Series: This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Hitting The Road: Today's game is the second of a three-game road trip for Stony Brook. The Seawolves are 1-2 on the road so far this year.

The Menendez Countdown: Today's game could mark a very historic occasion for Stony Brook football and its senior running back Ralph Menendez. Coming into the game, he needs only 21 yards to surpass Oliver Bridges (2,342 yards) and become Stony Brook's all-time leading rusher. Menendez has averaged 141 yards per game in his last two outings.

Not A Passing Fancy: Stony Brook had trouble passing the ball last week against Monmouth. The Seawolves were held to only 76 yards (the lowest total of the season) through the air and were hit for six sacks.

Points Hard to Come By: Since a 60-point outburst against St. Francis, Stony Brook has managed only 36 points in its last four games, an average of nine 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 30-of-105 third down opportunities (28.6%) which ranks seventh in the NEC. A closer look at the third down conversion rate may indicate why. SB has been faced with 60 third downs where they have needed seven or more yards to get a first down and 29 situations where they needed 11 or more yards for a first down. In those 60 chances, the Seawolves have managed only 12 first downs - a conversion rate of 20 percent.

Alexis Goes Solo: A bright spot in last week's loss had to be the performance of linebacker Alexis Ayala. The junior made a career-high 12 tackles, including nine solo stops, in the loss. He leads the team in total tackles (54), tackles for a loss (6) and is second on the team in interceptions (3).

D-Rod Gets First TD: Freshman quarterback David Rodriguez scored his first collegiate touchdown in the fourth quarter of last week's game, sneaking in from the one-yard line on Stony Brook's final drive of the game.

The King Is In The Building: Freshman Chad King has spearheaded a pass defense that has intercepted 14 passes this season. He picked off his team leading fourth pass last week that helped set up Stony Brook's only score of the game. King leads the NEC in interceptions and also ranks third on the team in tackles (37) and first in solo takedowns (29).

Punting Woes: Stony Brook had two more punts partially blocked last week and have now had five punts blocked so far this season. The Seawolves are averaging only 24.1 yards per punt this season, last in the NEC.

Four By Four: The Seawolves four-game losing streak is the longest since a four-game drought that ended the 1998 campaign. The longest losing stretch in school history is six games that took placed over the first six weeks of the 1990 season.

Lucas Returns: Wideout Lucas Niskanen returned to the starting lineup last week after missing two games with a separated shoulder. He caught two passes for 23 yards and gained three yards on the ground on a reverse. He ranks third all-time in receptions (114) and receiving yards (1,401).

Ouch: Since dismantling St. Francis (Pa.) by the score of 60-7 three weeks ago, the Seawolves have been outscored 139-36 in the last four weeks.

Home Sweet Home? Stony Brook is now 1-3 at home this year after posting a 4-1 mark last season.

This And That: Stony Brook has scored 86 points in its two wins but just 42 in its five defeats . . . the Seawolves four-game losing streak is the first since the final four games of the 1998 season . . . SB crossed the midfield stripe just twice last Sunday - on the first drive and on the last drive . . .

Inside The Huddle: The new home of Stony Brook football is currently under construction behind the Stony Brook Indoor Sports Complex. The stadium is slated to be completed by November of 2001 . . . Stony Brook has been a member of four different football conferences in its history.

3-2-1 . . . Launch: The Seawolves unveiled their new web site on Wednesday, October 4th. Stony Brook has entered into a partnership with the FANSonly Network and debuted a exciting new look to its web page that features the latest news, bios, roster, schedules and information on Seawolves athletics. You can find the Seawolves on the Internet by logging on at www.goseawolves.org.

The Schedule: The 2000 schedule features eight conference games as newcomer St. John's joined the NEC this summer. The two non-conference opponents include Southern Connecticut and an October 28th matchup on the road against Jacksonville.

Captains: Quarterback Brian Stanley and free safety Paul Thomas will captain the 2000 Seawolves.

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