Monday, November 5, 2012

Women's soccer draws Maryland in the NCAA Tournament

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The "Road Warrior" Stony Brook women's soccer team is about to hit the road again. After capturing their first-ever America East Championship title on Sunday, the Seawolves have drawn Maryland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The match will take place Saturday, Nov. 10 at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md., at 7 p.m.

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 No. 6 seed in the America East Championship and beat No. 3 New Hampshire, No. 2 Maine and No. 1 Hartford, all on the road, to capture the crown. The Seawolves became the first No. 6 seed to win the conference title.

Led by 28th-year head coach Sue Ryan, America East Championship Most Outstanding Player Sa'sha Kershaw (Baltimore, Md.), leading goal scorerLarissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.), defender Ahriel Fernandez (East Haven, Conn.) and goalkeeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.), the Seawolves will face a Terrapins team that went 13-6-2 this season and advanced to the ACC Championship final, where they fell to Virginia. This is Maryland's 13th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance and fourth consecutive.

The two teams have previously met twice all-time, 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 match. The other half of the pod has Santa Clara hosting Long Beach State and Idaho State traveling to No. 1 seed Stanford.

Tickets for the Saturday's first round 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      .