#Seawolves head west for Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic

Colorado native Stella Norman returns to her home state this weekend
 
Colorado native Stella Norman returns to her home state this weekend
 
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Sept. 19, 2013

Boulder, Colo. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team (5-1-1) will face its biggest test of the season this weekend when it heads west for the Omni Hotels Colorado Women's Soccer Classic. The Seawolves will face host Colorado on Friday at 6 p.m. EST, before taking on Northern Colorado on Sunday at 1 p.m. EST. 

Tournament Tidbits

• One of four teams at the tournament, Stony Brook will join Colorado, Northern Colorado and UNLV in Boulder.
• All matches will be played at Prentup Field, the home of the Colorado Buffaloes.
• A champion and all-tournament team will be named following the final match of the weekend.
• The champion will be chosen based on points: three points for a win and one for a tie.
• If teams are tied at the end of the tournament, a champion will be named first off goal differential, then by goals for, then goals against.
• Eleven players will be named to the all-tournament team, with the following breakdown: four players from the championship team, three from the second place team and two from the third and fourth place teams. 
 

Scouting Colorado

Stony Brook and Colorado have never met in the past. In fact, Colorado is the first Pac 12 opponent the Seawolves have ever faced in women's soccer. The Buffs enter with a 6-1 record, with their only loss coming at Denver last week. Colorado opened the year with five straight shutout wins, before allowing their first goal in a 4-1 win over UT Martin on Sept. 8. Brie Hooks and Anne Stuller have scored 11 of Colorado's 13 goals this season, while keeper Annie Brunner owns a 0.57 GAA and an .846 save percentage in seven games. 

Scouting Northern Colorado

The Bears (3-3-1) come into the weekend riding a three-game unbeaten streak that includes a pair of wins over Air Force and Wyoming and a draw vs. New Mexico St. Shanlie Anderson and Essence Ortiz-Lanier lead the team with two goals each, while Natalie D'Adamio paces the squad with a 1.41 GAA and an .804 save percentage. Like Colorado, the Seawolves have never faced UNC before. 

Last Time Out

The Seawolves defeated Wagner, 2-1, on Sept. 12 in a match that lasted four hours and 22 minutes due to a prolonged lightning delay. Wagner led 1-0 at the half, before goals from senior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) and sophomore Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) gave Stony Brook the lead in a span of two minutes and six seconds. The victory helped the Seawolves improve to 5-0 at home this season.

Regional Rank

Stony Brook re-entered the NSCAA Northeast Region Poll this week at No. 10. The Seawolves have been ranked in the poll in three weeks this season, climbing as high as No. 9 on Sept. 3.

Homecoming

This weekend's tournament will be a homecoming for sophomore Stella Norman, the Seawolves' lone Colorado native. Norman hails from Lakewood, which is roughly 30 miles from the tournament site in Boulder. 

Elevate Your Game

In addition to providing high-quality competition, this weekend's tournament will also expose Stony Brook to game action at a high elevation. Boulder is situated at 5,430 feet, more than a mile above sea level.