2011 Top Sports Story No. 1: Maysonet leads thrilling run for Stony Brook

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead graduate Miguel Maysonet lead a thrilling season for Stony Brook football this year.

When Hofstra elected to disband its football program at the end of 2009, it left the collegiate career of former Riverhead star Miguel Maysonet in limbo.

With no more team to run for, Maysonet transferred to Stony Brook University. What a home he found.

In his second season with the Seawolves this year, Maysonet turned out a spectacular season in helping the Seawolves to the FCS playoffs.

Maysonet finished the season with 1,633 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was named to The Sports Network/ All-America third team and was the Big South Conference offensive player of the year.  H set a school record for career touchdowns and is nearing the conference record for rushing yards. His 2,761 yards is the second most in conference history, 873 shy of Rashad Jennings, who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Stony Brook opened the playoffs with a thrilling win over Albany at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves came back from 18 down to win 31-28, setting up a matchup against the No. 1 seeded Sam Houston State on the road.

The Seawolves proved to be a formidable opponent for the unbeaten Bearkats. Stony Brook pounded out 150 yards on the ground against the top-ranked Sam Houston defense. But it wasn’t enough as the Bearkats held on 34-27.

Maysonet has already been named a captain for the Seawolves for the 2012 season.

As a senior at Riverhead Maysonet won the Hansen Award as the top player in Suffolk County while leading the Blue Waves to an undefeated Long Island Championship.