Men's soccer regionally ranked; Fernandes earns national honors

Leonardo Fernandes

Nov. 15, 2011

Stony Brook men's soccer, the 2011 America East champions, have entered the NSCAA Continental Tire Northeast Region for the first time this season, coming in at No. 8. In addition, junior Leonardo Fernandes has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his outstanding performance in the America East Championship last week.

The Seawolves won the conference tournament with victories over Albany in the semifinals and Hartford in the final, both coming at LaValle Stadium. Stony Brook is the only America East team ranked this week, and the Seawolves are only behind Connecticut, St. John's, South Florida, West Virginia, Providence, Dartmouth and Rutgers. All six of those teams are also participating in the 2011 NCAA Championship.

Fernandes played a huge role in getting the Seawolves to the championship, earning him the national honors. He scored a goal and assisted on another in Stony Brook's 3-1 win over Albany and followed up with a two-goal, one assist performance in the 4-2 championship victory over Hartford. His five goals in the America East Championship set a tournament record and his eight points tied the league mark. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Fernandes has now scored at least one point in each of the last five games and has tallied a goal in each of the last three.

Stony Brook earned its third America East Championship in program history and will now make its third NCAA Tournament appearance, heading to Monmouth on Thursday at 7 p.m. Stony Brook Athletics is sponsoring a student fan bus to the game. Students can purchase a ticket and a seat on the bus for just $5. Students have until Wednesday to reserve their spot and can do so by visiting the External Services office in the Indoor Sports Complex. Tickets for the general public are $6 for adults and $3 for youth and can be purchased by calling 732-263-5188.