Men's soccer draws Monmouth in the NCAA Tournament

Stony Brook Men's Soccer

Nov. 14, 2011

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The Stony Brook men's soccer team will challenge Monmouth in the first round of the 2011 NCAA College Cup Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., the NCAA announced as part of its bracket selection show Monday.

The Seawolves won their third America East Championship in program history Sunday night after a 4-2 victory over Hartford in the final to earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAAs. This will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The winner will play at No. 3 Connecticut Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

Monmouth is the champion of the Northeast Conference, winning the regular season and tournament championships with a 14-5-1 overall record and 7-3-0 league mark. The Hawks were nationally ranked as high as No. 18 this season.

Stony Brook is 1-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament games. After winning the America East title in 2005, the Seawolves went to Yale for their first round NCAA match and came away with a 2-1 victory. The Seawolves exited in the second round after a 2-0 loss to Connecticut.

In 2009, Stony Brook lost to Brown, 1-0 in double overtime, in the first round of the NCAA Championship. There are 11 current Seawolves that were part of the 2009 team at Brown.

Stony Brook is led by first-year head coach Ryan Anatol, who has guided the Seawolves to a 10-6-3 record. His team finished in second in America East during the regular season and then defeated Albany and Hartford to win the league title.

On the field, the Seawolves are led by senior captain and All-America East first team defender Kyle McTurk (Hauppauge, N.Y.), America East Midfielder of the Year junior Leonardo Fernandes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) and America East Striker of the Year junior Berian Gobeil Cruz (Montreal, Quebec).

Ticket information will be forthcoming.