November 10, 2012
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR
Stony Brook women fall to Maryland, 2-0, on 2 late goals in the NCAA's
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - In their first NCAA Division I Tournament game, the Stony Brook women took No. 9 Maryland to the wire on the strength of junior goalkeeper Ashley Castanio, who made a career-high nine saves.
Two Terps goals in the final 5:56 led to a 2-0 Seawolves loss in the NCAA first round Saturday night at Ludwig Field.
Stony Brook concluded its most successful season in program history at 12-7-3 with its first America East championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. Maryland, the fourth seed, moved to the second round to play Denver.
"We couldn't be more proud of the team," Stony Brook coach Sue Ryan said. "We took the number nine team in the country to the limit and battled them blow for blow. We had a couple good chances, but we just weren't able to capitalize on them. I thought we had a good game plan - we did a good job containing their top players, who didn't get many dangerous looks despite the number of shots. Our seniors played a great game, and Ashley was confident and locked down in goal; she was terrific."
In the 85th minute, a Seawolves turnover in the midfield led to Becky Kaplan getting the ball. She dribbled up field and fired a 22-yard strike with her right foot to the far post and past Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.).
Three minutes later, Kaplan crossed the ball into the box, and a streaking Hayley Brock slid toward the ball and slotted it into the net from 10 yards.
Castanio had the game of her life. She made a diving save to her right in the first half on a shot by Kaplan in the eighth minute. In the 67th minute, she reached high to poke an Ashley Spivey shot over the net. In the 80th minute, she stoned Spivey again on a wide open, point-blank shot.