Women's soccer goes for the title Sunday at Hartford
Nov. 2, 2012
West Hartford, Conn. - The Stony Brook women's soccer team goes for its first-ever America East Championship title when it faces Hartford in the final Sunday at Al-Marzook Field at 3 p.m. This is a rematch of the Oct. 21 regular season finale that saw the Hawks come away with a 2-1 overtime victory on a goal by Shealagh Begley with just 2:01 remaining in the second overtime.
The No. 6 seed in the conference tournament, Stony Brook (11-6-3, 3-4-1 AE) is in its third-ever America East Championship final. The team advanced to the title game in 2008, losing to Boston University 2-1, and in 2002, losing to Hartford 4-0. Stony Brook's 11 wins this season matches a single-season program best since the team joined America East in 2001. Stony Brook is also bidding to become the first No. 6 seed in America East history to capture the title. The Seawolves sport the conference's best offense, leading the league in points (97), goals (35) and assists (27). Individually, three of the top 12 goal scorers in America East are Seawolves, led by Larissa Nysch's eight goals.
Hartford (11-4-3, 6-2-0 AE) is searching for its eight conference championship and first since 2006. The No. 1 seed in the tournament, the Hawks knocked off No. 4 seed Vermont, 2-0, in the semifinals. Hartford boasts the league's top offensive player in Amelia Pereira, who leads in goals (13), assists (7) and points (33). The league's Striker of the Year, Pereira has also posted the most game-winning goals in the league with six. Hartford's defense has been stingy, allowing just 13 goals this season. Erin Quinlan was named the league's Goalkeeper of the Year after posting nine shutouts.
What Happens Next?
If Stony Brook wins and captures its first-ever conference championship, the Seawolves will advance to their first-ever NCAA Tournament. The selection show takes place Monday Nov. 5 at 4:30 p.m., live on NCAA.com. First round NCAA action would occur the weekend of Nov. 9-11.