Positive results continue for women's soccer in spring season

Sophomore Ahriel Fernandez

April 23, 2012

New York, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team continued its solid play in the spring season with a 1-0 win over Columbia and a 1-1 draw vs. Marist on Saturday.

In the first game against Columbia, the Seawolves started fast as senior Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.) dropped a ball to freshman Regan Bosnyak (Newington, Conn.) for a blast that just missed high over the bar in the third minute.

Stony Brook eventually did break through when sophomore Caitlin Pfeiffer (Holland, N.Y.) made a stellar play to chip the Lions' keeper from 30 yards out to put the Seawolves in front with 13 minutes to play in the match.

Pfeiffer nearly scored another with eight minutes remaining as her shot beat the keeper, but miraculously stayed out as it hit off the post, then rolled across the goalline and off the other post.

Freshman keeper Allyson Lambros (La Habra, Calif.) kept the Lions scoreless for the duration of the 60-minute match, making a huge save early in the second half on a breakaway opportunity and receiving a little bit of luck in the first half when Columbia had a shot go off the crossbar.

In the second game, Stony Brook played Marist, the defending MAAC champion and 2011 NCAA Tournament participant, to a 1-1 draw.

The Seawolves took the lead four minutes in on a beautiful build up from the defensive end. Sophomore back Ahriel Fernandez (East Haven, Conn.) initiated the play with a wide ball to freshman Christina Casamassina (Farmingville, N.Y.), who advanced it to striker Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.). Nysch then played in freshman Shannon Grogan (Eastampton, N.J.) for a shot that beat the Red Foxes' keeper to make it 1-0.

Marist quickly equalized, however, drawing even five minutes later on a free kick that deflected off the Stony Brook wall and past keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.).

Castanio responded later in the half with a couple solid saves to preserve the tie score.

Late in the game, Stony Brook had an opportunity to re-take the lead on a free kick in a dangerous area. Sophomore Julianne Palm (Stilwell, Kansas) played the ball into the box and Nysch got a head on it, but it sailed just over the bar and the game ended in a draw.

Now 4-0-3 this spring, the Seawolves will return to action on April 28 when they host Wagner and Sacred Heart.