Seawolves' historic season honored by Big Apple Soccer

Stony Brook: 2012 America East Champions

Jan. 7, 2013


Stony Brook, N.Y. - Big Apple Soccer has named the Seawolves' historic run to the NCAA Tournament as its No. 10 Moment of the Year. Stony Brook tied a program record with 12 wins and won its first-ever America East Championship in 2012.

The Seawolves finished the regular season with a 9-6-3 record and slipped into the America East playoffs as the No. 6 seed. Having to play every postseason match on the road, Stony Brook rallied and beat the top three seeds in the conference tournament to win its first-ever America East crown and become the first team to win the title as a six seed.

Junior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) capped an incredible season with the game-winner in the championship match at Hartford, her ninth goal of the year. Senior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament and finished her career as the program's all-time leading scorer in the America East era with 44 points.

The Seawolves were then drawn against No. 9 Maryland in the NCAA Tournament and took the Terrapins to the wire, before surrendering two late goals in a 2-0 defeat.

"We couldn't be more proud of the team," head coach Sue Ryan told "We took the number nine team in the country to the limit and battled them blow for blow."