Ryan announces difficult 2014 slate
June 20, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team will face a daunting 2014 schedule that includes talented opponents such as Rutgers, Connecticut, St. John's and UMBC, head coach Sue Ryan announced Friday. The #Seawolves, the 2012 America East tournament champions and 2013 America East regular season co-champions, are in search of their third consectuve 10-plus win season.
"We are excited to compete with some of the best programs in the country for our upcoming 2014 season," said Ryan. "Each game will provide a fast-paced and competitive environment for our team as we move toward our goal of competing in the NCAA tournament."
The silver lining to the difficult schedule is the fact that Ryan's club has established itself as an elite program as well, reaching the America East Championship final the past two seasons and winning the title in 2012. Last season, the #Seawolves recorded a 9-3-2 record against the opponents they will face in 2014.
Appearing on the schedule are three teams who appeared in the NCAA tournament last season. Rutgers, who the Seawolves square off with in their season-opener on Aug. 22, was bounced in heart-breaking fashion to West Virginia in the NCAA first round, losing in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation. Two years ago, the Scarlet Knights advanced to the second round of the NCAA's before falling to Virginia. St. John's advanced further than any other #Seawolves' opponent in the tournament last season, falling to Arkansas in the second round. UMBC was the other team to participate in the big dance, falling to Virginia Tech in the first round after knocking off the #Seawolves in the America East Championship title game.
Nine of the 17 #Seawolves opponents recorded winning records last season. Rutgers was the highest ranked team at season's end, earning an RPI ranking of 32. St. John's was the other opponent to finish in the RPI's top 50, coming in at No. 36.
The first opportunity to catch a glimpse of the #Seawolves at LaValle Stadium will be on Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.against Delaware State. Other home games include matches with Seton Hall on Sept. 4, Fordham on Sept. 21, Maine on Oct. 2, Binghamton on Oct. 12, Vermont on Oct. 16 and Hartford on Oct. 23. The Seawolves knocked off the Hawks in the 2012 America East Championship title game.