2000 Women's Soccer Season In Review

Kerri McCabe was named Independent Conference Co-Player of the Year
 
Kerri McCabe was named Independent Conference Co-Player of the Year
 
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Nov. 20, 2000

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The 2000 women's soccer season was one that saw Stony Brook face a great deal of adversity, coming through it with an eye on the future. Injuries and some bad breaks left the Seawolves short on depth and missing some key players midway through the year which spoiled a promising 3-0-1 start and saw the Seawolves finish out the 2000 campaign with a 8-10-1 record.

Despite the adversity, the team endured and finished out the season winning four of their last eight, including an overtime win at Columbia on the final weekend of the season. Several players stood out in 2000 and the freshman class showed more than a hint of what they can do. The following is a player-by-player breakdown of the 2000 women's soccer season.

Any conversation about this year's team must begin with Kerri McCabe. The junior forward emerged this season as Stony Brook's top gun and it is a credit to her work ethic that her success came about. After following a grueling offseason workout regimen, McCabe's efforts paid off. She scored three goals (two game-winners) in the first weekend of action and went on to lead the team in scoring with 13 goals and six assists. Along the way, she netted four game-winners, including one in overtime that defeated Lehigh in late September. She scored the game-winning tally in the Seawolves first three games and earned Independent Conference Player of the Week honors two times and at the end of the year was voted Independent Conference Co-Player of the Year along with Lara Brown.

There were several other contributors up front this season. Lauren Canino was moved to attack by season's end and finished with two goals and an assist on the year. Canino began the season as a back after the Seawolves were hit with several injuries. Her two-goal week in October earned her Independent Conference Rookie of the Week honors.

Sophomore Sarah Hanover appeared in nine games and registered one assist. She missed three weeks of action in October due to a severely sprained ankle.

Newcomer Jessica Enes appeared in nine games in her first season as a Seawolf. Enes fought hard to work her way into the lineup after sitting out her final high school season with a knee injury and gave the Seawolves a lift off the bench.

Lori Kotzen split time between forward and midfield and added four goals on the year, including her first career hat trick which came against Canisius. Jen Fontanetta also saw time up front and at midfield and scored a career-high six goals in 2000. Her best effort took place in mid-September when she played a giant role in the win over Belmont, scoring a career-high two goals in the win.

Stony Brook central midfielders Sarah Greenberg and Beth Arikian turned in outstanding seasons and earned All-Independent Conference selections. Arikian once again held down the midfield and started to develop her scoring touch. The sophomore tallied five goals and added six assists on the season. It marked the second straight season that Arikian has registered six assists. Her five goals was a career-high and that included a dramatic game-winner on a 35-yard direct kick in overtime against Cornell. She was chosen as one of the top three midfielders among all independent schools in mid-November.

Freshman Sarah Greenberg turned in a tremendous first season as a Seawolf. The freshman finished with three goals and a team-high eight assists, fourth-best on the team. The eight assists equalled the third-best single season performance in school history. One of her goals also came in dramatic fashion in one of Stony Brook's best wins of the year, an overtime tally versus Columbia late in the year. Her efforts twice earned her Independent Conference Rookie of the week honors and her outstanding play at the Holiday Inn Express Tournament earned her a spot on the All-Tournament team. At season's end she was selected as the Independent Conference Rookie of the Year.

Krisha Zagura endured a difficult season which saw her fight a nagging knee injury all season long. The sophomore midfielder injured her knee against American, a injury that forced her to sit on two other occasions during the year. Despite the injury, Zagura did persevere and came through in a big way against Columbia. She tallied the first goal of the game for Stony Brook in a game that saw SB go on to win 3-2 in overtime.

In the back, Kristin Lynch teamed with relative newcomers to anchor the defense. Lynch started 18 games in the middle of the Stony Brook defense and chipped in with two goals and two assists. She also earned a spot on the Holiday Inn Express All-Tournament team in mid-September. Emily Snyder (17 starts), Stephanie Smyrl and Marti Yeager joined the defender role this season. Snyder moved from midfield to back this season and was counted on heavily after Lisa Mariano went down with a knee injury. Smyrl stepped in next to Lynch and Yeager filled in at outside back. All three made the adjustment and did well despite being new to the position.

Lisa Mariano endured a tough season in 2000. She went down with a partially torn MCL in her right knee in game five of the year and missed the next eight games. Mariano's loss hurt the Seawolves as the team went 2-6 during that stretch. She returned to action in late October and gave the Seawolves a big boost on defense.

Goaltending duties were split between Renee Pelletier and Lori Nelson. Pelletier stepped into the starting lineup for the first 11 games of the year after Nelson was sidelined with a hip injury. Pelletier posted a 4-6-1 record in her first season as a starting goalie. Nelson came back and made her first start of the year against Lehigh and it was a special one. She made several key saves in the game, including a diving stop of a penalty kick, to preserve a 0-0 tie and send the game to overtime. McCabe's goal early in overtime handed Nelson her first victory of the year. In her next outing, he posted her second shutout of the year in a convincing 6-0 win over Albany. The sophomore netminder finished the the year with a 4-4 record. Ashley Blake saw limited duty in the goal, appearing in two games.

Injuries played a key role this year. Kristin Baker was only able to play three games this season after injuring her foot at the end of last season. Baker, who was arguably the team's most improved player last season, was tough to replace in the back but she did score her first collegiate goal against Albany on September 30. As previously mentioned, Mariano's injury dealt a severe blow to the Seawolves season early in September. Zagura missed several games with knee injury while Pelletier, Enes and Hanover also missed significant time this season. Lori Nelson did not recover from a hip injury until game 10.

The season ended with a 5-0 loss at Princeton but really it finished with a sense of what could have been. The Seawolves realized they let a few games slip away and had some bad breaks in 2000. However, they now have a taste how close they are to being a really good team but also realize how far they have to go to achieve that goal. The standard has been set, it is up to them to achieve it.