Oct. 24, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Freshman Leah Yurko (Cumberland, Md.) scored two goals to help the Stony Brook women's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over New Hampshire on Thursday night at LaValle Stadium. Senior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) added a goal and an assist as the Seawolves improved to 10-5-1 overall and 5-2-0 in America East play.
Coach Sue Ryan's Reaction
"This was a good performance for us overall. It was an emotional night for our seniors, but they provided the leadership and spark that we needed. Our freshmen also came through for us, so it was a really balanced effort."
• After a scoreless first half, New Hampshire (4-7-6, 2-2-3 America East) struck first when Kirsten O'Neil took a feed from Meghan Ledwith and slotted it inside the left post from close range.
• Stony Brook equalized just 1:53 later when Yurko cut inside from the right wing and unleashed a perfect shot over the UNH keeper and into the left side-netting from 20 yards out.
• The Seawolves grabbed the lead for good on a corner kick at the 78:52 mark. Sophomore Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) crossed the ball to the back post for Nysch, whose header just crossed the goalline before it was cleared away by a defender.
• Stony Brook added an insurance tally in the 83rd minute when Nysch played the ball forward to Yurko, who outraced a defender and curled a shot around the keeper to make it 3-1.
The Numbers Game
• New Hampshire held an 18-15 advantage in shots.
• Stony Brook had three corner kicks in the match.
• Seawolves' keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) made six saves, including a pair of huge stops in the final 20 minutes of regulation.
• UNH keeper Mimi Borkan stopped seven shots.
• Yurko led the Seawolves with four shots.
• Stony Brook can finish no lower than fourth in the standings and is guaranteed a home playoff game.
• The Seawolves can win the regular season title with a win at Maine and a UMBC draw or loss vs. UNH on Sunday.
• Maine, UMBC, Hartford and Stony Brook have all clinched the playoffs.
• Binghamton, New Hampshire and Vermont are still alive and will be competing for the final two playoff spots.
• UMass Lowell and Albany have been eliminated from postseason contention.
News & Notes
• Nysch scored her 10th goal of the season Thursday; she is the first Seawolf to score 10 in a season since Kerri McCabe in 2000.
• Nysch is one of only 12 players in program history to score 10 or more goals in a single season.
• Nysch's 21 career goals are the 7th most in program history. She needs just one goal to tie Nancy Zimmer for 6th all time.
• Stony Brook won its 10th game of the season Thursday; the Seawolves have now won 10+ games in a season eight times under the direction of head coach Sue Ryan.
• Yurko recorded her first collegiate multi-goal game.
• Prior to the match, Stony Brook honored its seven seniors: Castanio, Nysch, Ahriel Fernandez, Queli Ornelas, Julianne Palm, Caitlin Pfeiffer and Danielle Singson.
The Seawolves will close out the regular season at Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m.