Women's soccer starts strong in first spring games

Shannon Grogan

March 19, 2012

Boston, Mass. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team got off to a strong start in its spring season, defeating Northeastern, 3-0, and drawing ACC foe Boston College, 0-0, on Sunday in Boston, Mass.

Stony Brook came out firing against Northeastern and netted a goal inside five minutes to take a 1-0 lead. Sophomore Caitlin Pfeiffer (Holland, N.Y.) played a diagonal ball over the top of the Huskies' defense to sophomore Ericka Garufi (Milton, Mass.), who buried a shot off her own rebound inside the far post.

The Seawolves took a 2-0 lead in the 24th minute when freshman Shannon Grogan's (Eastampton, N.J.) blast from outside the box took a deflection off a Northeastern player, then glanced off the crossbar, and into the net.

Five minutes later, Stony Brook added a third when senior Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.) beat her defender to the inside and played in sophomore Queli Ornelas (Palm Harbor, Fla.) for a scoring chance. Ornelas' first shot was stopped, but the sophomore stayed with the play and headed home the rebound to make it 3-0 before the half-hour mark.

In the second game against Boston College, goalkeeper Allyson Lambros (La Habra, Calif.) shined early as she stopped a penalty kick in the 14th minute. Lambros was called upon once again 10 minutes later when she tipped a breakaway shot onto the crossbar and over the net.

Meanwhile, at the offensive end, junior Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) created numerous attacking chances, including a shot that tested the BC keeper. In the 40th minute, Grogan broke through the Eagles' defense for a 1-on-1 chance, but the keeper again saved to keep the match scoreless. In the final minute of play, Stony Brook had one last chance to snatch a victory, but the Eagles' keeper tipped a Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) chip shot just wide of the post to preserve the tie.

The Seawolves will return home for their next game against the Japanese All-Star Touring Team on Wednesday at 10:15 a.m.