#Seawolves release 2014 schedule
June 17, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The #Seawolves men's soccer team has released its 2014 schedule, which features four matchups with teams that have competed in the NCAA Tournament within the past two years.
"We are excited about the 2014 season," said head coach of the Seawolves, Ryan Anatol. "We have challenged ourselves with a non-conference schedule that we know will test our team each time we take the field. This will help prepare us for a tough America East Conference slate and postseason play."
The featured game of the slate is a showdown with Connecticut on Sept. 1 in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies, who finished last season ranked No. 9 in the NSCAA National Coaches Poll, have been on the verge of a national title in recent years, bowing out of the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in each of the last three seasons.
Other non-conference tilts include home games against Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 8 and Northeastern on Sept. 28. Both teams made cinderella runs in the 2012 season, winning games in the NCAA Tournament. Northeastern advanced to the second round of the tournament before falling to UConn, while Fairleigh Dickinson was clipped in double overtime by the defending 2011 national champion North Carolina Tar Heels.
In mid-September Stony Brook will head off to Texas to participate in the SMU Invitational, where it will square off against Memphis and SMU. Despite struggling to a 3-12-2 record last season, SMU has a tradition-rich soccer program that has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 29 times in program history, including 11 times in 13 seasons from 2000-2012. The Mustangs were ranked #1 in the country as recently as 2006.
The Seawolves will also have to do battle with America East foe UMBC at Lavalle Stadium on Nov. 5. The Retrievers, who have won the last two America East Championships, cruised to an eye-popping 16-1-3 record last year and No. 14 and No. 8 rankings in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and RPI, respectively. After receiving one of the top 16 seeds and a first-round bye in the tournament, the Retrievers fell to UConn in penalty kicks in their first game. The Seawolves were the last team to dethrone UMBC as America East Champions in 2011.
In addition to the Fairleigh Dickinson, Northeastern, and UMBC matches, the Seawolves will also welcome Lehigh (Sept. 5), New Hampshire (Oct. 4), Villanova (Oct. 7) and Umass Lowell (Oct. 18) to LaValle Stadium. Their home opener against Lehigh is scheduled to kickoff at 7 p.m.
Seven of the 18 Stony Brook opponents had winning records in 2013 with UConn, UMBC and Hartford finishing the season ranked in the RPI's top 50. In 2012, five of the Stony Brook opponents (Connecticut, Northeastern, SMU, UMBC, Villanova) found themselves in the RPI's top 50 at the end of the year. Connecticut (No. 6) and Fairleigh Dickinson (No. 20) concluded the year ranked in the top 25 of the NSCAA Coaches poll.
Stony Brook will open the season on Aug. 29 at Central Connecticut State.