Christina Fluman named America East Rookie of the Week

Freshman Christina Fluman

Oct. 14, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. - Freshman Christina Fluman (Pittsford, N.Y.) of the Stony Brook women's soccer team was named the America East Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday. Fluman registered a goal and two assists last week against Hartford and Albany.

On Thursday against the Hawks, Fluman earned a helper on junior Christina Casamassina's (Farmingville, N.Y.) first collegiate goal, a first-half strike that put the Seawolves in front, 1-0. Fluman then scored her first collegiate goal three days later against Albany, knocking home a loose ball in the box to give Stony Brook a 2-0 lead in the first half against the Great Danes. Fluman added an assist later in the match as the Seawolves claimed a resounding 4-0 victory over their SUNY rivals.

Head coach Sue Ryan lauded Fluman's efforts after Sunday's game, praising the defender-turned-forward for her versatility: "Christina is a great success story for youth players everywhere," Ryan said. "You've got to be able to play in multiple positions, you've got to be able to play wherever the coach needs you. She's a very selfless player, she said 'Yes, I'll play in a new position, I'll learn a new position and try something different.' And shes been very successful because of her talents."

Fluman is the third Seawolf to earn America East Rookie of the Week honors this season. Freshman Maxie New (Clayton, N.J.) garnered the award on Sept. 3, while freshman Leah Yurko (Cumberland, Md.) took home the accolade on Sept. 9.

The defending America East champions are right in the thick of the conference playoff race once again. Stony Brook (8-4-1, 3-1-0 America East) is tied for second place in the standings with nine points, but has played one less game than first-place Maine (10 points). The Seawolves can take a big step toward postseason qualification with a win Thursday against UMBC, another team with nine points in the standings. Kickoff from LaValle Stadium is set for 7 p.m.