Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Women's Soccer Picked To Finish Second In America East Preseason Poll

Seawolves open 2010 season at No. 18 Rutgers on Friday.
2010 Media Guide

Cambridge, Mass. - Coming off its third straight America East semifinal appearance, Stony Brook University women's soccer team was picked to finish second in the America East conference on Tuesday in a preseason vote of the leagues coaches. The Seawolves open up the 2010 regular season at No. 18 Rutgers on Friday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. The Seawolves home opener is Friday, Aug. 27 against Siena at 7 p.m.

Stony Brook received 52 points, including one first-place vote, which was behind tournament champion Boston University (64 points), who received eight first-place votes. Coaches could not vote for their own team.

The Seawolves return nine starters from last year's squad, including junior Colleen McKenna (Manorville, N.Y.), the 2008 America East Rookie of the Year, and sophomores Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.) and Taryn Schoenbeck (Newark, Del.), who each earned a spot on the 2009 All-America East Rookie team. Kershaw led the team in points (14) and tied for the team lead in goals (six).

SBU tied No. 23 Rutgers, 1-1, last season, its best ever result against a ranked opponent and defeated BU, 2-1, during the regular season. The victory over the Terriers ended BU's 22 game conference-win streak