Women's soccer edged by No. 9 Maryland in NCAA 1st round

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Nov. 10, 2012

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College Park, Md. - In its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, the Stony Brook women's soccer team took No. 9 Maryland to the wire on the legs of junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.), who made a career-high nine saves. Ultimately, two Terps goals in the last 5:56 led to a 2-0 Seawolves loss in the NCAA first round Saturday night at Ludwig Field.

Stony Brook concludes its most successful season in program history at 12-7-3 with its first-ever America East championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Maryland, the No. 4 seed in the top left portion of the bracket, moves to the second round to play Denver.

Head Coach Sue Ryan's Reaction
"We couldn't be more proud of the team. We took the number nine team in the country to the limit and battled them blow for blow. We had a couple good chances, but we just weren't able to capitalize on them. I thought we had a good game plan - we did a good job containing their top players, who didn't get many dangerous looks despite the number of shots. Our seniors played a great game, and Ashley was confident and locked down in goal; she was terrific."

Goal Recaps

  • In the 85th minute, a Seawolves turnover midfield led to Becky Kaplan getting the ball for the Terps. She dribbled up field and then from 22 yards out kicked a strike with her right foot that slashed the field and into the net, far post and lower corner, past Castanio.
  • In the 88th minute, Kaplan crossed the ball into the box, and a streaking Hayley Brock slid toward the ball and kicked it into the net from 10 yards out.


Terrific Defense
Castanio had the game of her life. She made a diving save to her right in the first half on a shot by Kaplan in the eighth minute. In the 67th minute, she reached high to poke an Ashley Spivey shot over the net. In the 80th minute, she stoned Spivey again on a wide open, point-blank shot. In total, she made nine saves and snuffed out a bunch of Maryland corner kicks as well.

News & Notes

  • Stony Brook drops to 0-3 all-time against Maryland, all three by 2-0 scores.
  • Stony Brook, which gave itself the moniker "Road Warriors" finishes the season 7-5-1 in road matches.
  • The Seawolves had been bidding to become the second straight America East team to reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.