November 5, 2012
ROAD WARRIORS ARE READY
Stony Brook women take to the road at Maryland in NCAA tournament
STONY BROOK, N.Y. - So, Stony Brook is starting the NCAA Division I women's tournament on the road.
That should not faze the Road Warriors of college soccer, who have recorded a 7-4-1 record away from home this season.
After capturing their first America East championship title on Sunday, the Seawolves will play Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The match will be held at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Stony Brook is 12-6-3 this season, the most wins the program has had in a single season since 1994. The Seawolves were the sixth seed in the America East tournament and defeated No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 2 Maine and No. 1 Hartford, all on the road, to capture the crown. The Seawolves became the first sixth seed to win the conference title.
Led by 28th-year coach Sue Ryan, America East Championship Most Outstanding Player Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.), leading goal scorer Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.), defender Ahriel Fernandez (East Haven, Conn.) and goalkeeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.), the Seawolves (13-6-2) will face a team that advanced to the Atlantic Coast Conference final, where it lost to Virginia. This is Maryland's 13th NCAA tournament appearance and fourth consecutive.
The two teams have met twice, in 2006 and 2010, and the Terrapins won both matchups by scores of 2-0.
The winner of the Maryland-Stony Brook match will play the winner of the Denver-Colorado College game. The other half of the bracket has Santa Clara hosting Long Beach State and Idaho State traveling to top-seeded Stanford.
Tickets for the Saturday's match are $7 for adults and $4 for students, youth and seniors. Advance tickets are available through the Maryland ticket office by calling 1-800-IM-A-TERP.