#Seawolves hold successful spring season

Maxie New

May 6, 2014

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After rising to the top of the America East Conference as a result of a tournament championship in 2012 and co-regular season title in 2013, the Stony Brook women's soccer team is poised for another big run in 2014, and the #Seawolves enjoyed a successful spring campaign by going 5-1-0 over the last two months.

"We wrapped up a very successful spring season, in which we tried several different formations to encourage our team to continue to learn the game, understand space on the field and how to deal with new and changing environments," head coach Sue Ryan said. "The spring is a great time to try and execute new ideas and continue the growth and development of each individual player and the team as a whole. We look forward to continued success in the fall and welcoming in our talented incoming class."

The #Seawolves opened their spring season on March 8 at NJIT, and after controlling most of the match and the possessions, they walked away with a 1-0 win on Leah Yurko's game-winner.

On March 29, Stony Brook defeated Sacred Heart, 3-1, on the strength of goals from Yurko, Tessa Devereaux and Christina Cassamassina. Again, the team controlled a significant portion of the match and created multiple scoring opportunities despite the pouring rain.

On April 5, the #Seawolves played a pair of matches at Hartford, defeating Adelphi 1-0 and topping host Hartford 2-0. In the Adelphi match, the #Seawolves had multiple scoring opportunities, including a ball from Stella Norman that hit the crossbar, but it was Megan Rea who scored the game-winner off a cross from Devereaux. In the Hartford match, Emily Murrer took a through ball from Elise Pratt and beat the goalkeeper one-on-one for a goal, and Lindsay Hutchinson took a pass from Yurko to score.

On April 12, Stony Brook suffered its only setback of the spring, a 2-0 decision at Monmouth. Though blanked, the team had multiple scoring opportunities, including both Devereaux and Norman hitting the underside of the crossbar, causing the ball to bounce straight down and away from the goal.

On April 26, Stony Brook wrapped up the spring with a strong home 3-1 win over LIU-Brooklyn. The #Seawolves dominated the possession and created numerous chances to score and did in fact put three in the net. A chain reaction of Cassamassina chipping the ball to Christina Fluman, who re-directed it to Shannon Grogan led to the first goal. Then Maxie New netted a pair of goals, the first when she beat the goalkeeper on a diagonal pass from Fluman and the second on a one-timer from Priscilla Wiggins.