Fall season begins Friday as women's soccer travels to URI
Aug. 16, 2012
Kingston, R.I. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team raises the curtains on a new season Friday when it travels to Kingston, R.I. for a matchup with the Rhode Island Rams at 7 p.m. The Seawolves return 17 letterwinners and welcome 12 newcomers to the fold in 2012.
The Seawolves bring back eight of their top nine scorers from last year, including seniors Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.) and Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.), who each potted three goals in 2011. Stony Brook was tabbed fifth in the America East preseason coaches poll and will be looking to return to the America East playoffs after making postseason appearances in four of the last five years.
The Rams were picked to finish 12th out of 16 teams in the Atlantic 10 preseason coaches poll. Rhode Island is coming off a 7-10-2 season in 2011 under second-year head coach Michael Needham. Sophomores Dariann Sellitti and Marisa Ammaturo are the team's top two returning scorers, combining for four goals and 13 points last year. Sophomore Reilly Lindsey also returns as URI's primary goalkeeper after making 11 starts and posting four shutouts in 2011.
The Seawolves and Rams have met seven times in the past and Rhode Island holds a 4-3 edge overall. Stony Brook's last win over the Rams came nearly 18 years ago, on October 8, 1994. The teams played last season at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium and Rhode Island slipped by with a 1-0 victory courtesy of a 68th-minute strike from Samantha Leyh.
Home Opener Sunday
Following Friday's match against URI, the Seawolves will return home to face Temple on Sunday at 2 p.m. Fans are encouraged to come out to LaValle Stadium and support the team in Stony Brook's first home athletic event of the fall season.