#Seawolves go for second straight America East title Saturday at UMBC
Nov. 7, 2013
Baltimore, Md. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team (11-5-2) will try to secure its second America East championship in as many seasons when it visits No. 1 UMBC (12-5-2) on Saturday in the conference title game. The match will be streamed live on AmericaEast.TV starting at 7 p.m.
The America East’s top two seeds and co-regular season champions, Stony Brook and UMBC will meet under the lights to determine who will represent the conference in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This is the first 1 vs. 2 matchup in the America East Final since 2009 when No. 1 Boston University hosted No. 2 Binghamton. The last time two co-regular season champions met in the final was in 2007 when No. 2 Boston University beat No. 1 New Hampshire.
The 2012 America East champions, Stony Brook will be looking to hoist the trophy for the second time in as many years. The Seawolves became the first No. 6 seed in America East history to win the championship when they stunned No. 1 Hartford, 1-0, in last year’s final to win their first-ever conference crown.
Stony Brook in the America East Tournament
The Seawolves are 6-5-2 all-time in the America East Tournament and will be making their fourth trip to the conference final (2002, 2008, 2012). Stony Brook is 3-0-1 in its last four conference playoff games dating back to last year. The Seawolves have not allowed more than one goal in any of their last four America East Tournament games.
Stony Brook vs. UMBC
The Seawolves are 8-4-1 all-time against the Retrievers, including a 4-2-1 mark in Baltimore. Stony Brook’s last win at UMBC came on Oct. 10, 2010, a 2-0 victory. The Seawolves are 3-0-1 in their last four trips to UMBC; the Retrievers have not beaten Stony Brook at home since 2004.
The Retrievers handed Stony Brook its only home loss of the season on Oct. 17. UMBC overcame an early own goal to secure a 2-1, double OT victory with the deciding goal coming in the 102nd minute on a strike by Jessy Brown. Alexa Quaranta recorded a goal and an assist, while Meg Kowalski had two assists to pace the Retrievers.
Semifinals vs. Maine
Stony Brook keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) made a career-high 16 saves and stopped two shootout attempts to help the Seawolves edge past Maine in the America East Semifinals. The teams played to a 1-1 draw through 110 minutes as Leah Yurko’s 30th minute opener was cancelled out by Maine’s Lisa Bijman, who tied the match in the 80th minute. In the shootout, Castanio stopped two of the first three shots, before the Black Bears’ fourth attempt hit the post to seal the shootout in Stony Brook’s favor, 3-1.
Castanio to the Rescue
Castanio’s 16 saves in the Semifinals were the 11th most in a single game this season in all of Division I. In addition, the 16 saves are the most in America East Tournament history. The America East Goalkeeper of the Year, Castanio leads the conference with 102 stops in 2013.
Nysch hits 50
Senior striker Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) is having one of the greatest single seasons in Stony Brook’s Division I history. The striker leads the America East with 10 goals and 25 points and is the first Stony Brook player to score 10 goals in a season since Kerri McCabe in 2000. On Oct. 20 against Binghamton, Nysch became the sixth player in program history to reach 50 career points with a goal in the second half. Nysch has 21 goals, 12 assists and 54 points in 70 career games.
Sophomore defender Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) has developed into one of the most dangerous set-piece takers in the America East. Norman has four free kick goals this season against Fairfield, Wagner, Binghamton and Maine, and had another free kick knocked into the net for an own goal against UMBC. Norman has also set up four goals on set-pieces, including two on free kicks and two on corner kicks. The sophomore leads all America East defenders with five goals and 16 points this season.
Stony Brook had seven players honored as America East All-Conference selections. Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.), Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) and Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) were all named first-team All-Conference, while Tessa Devereaux (Fayetteville, N.Y.) was named to the second team. In addition, Christina Fluman (Pittsford, N.Y.), Maxie New (Clayton, N.J.) and Leah Yurko (Cumberland, Md.) were named to the All-Rookie Team.
Second Half Seawolves
Through 17 games, Stony Brook has scored 23 of its 35 goals after halftime (66%). Of those 23 goals, 21 have been scored between the 51st and 83rd minutes of play, which represents 62% of the team’s total scoring output.