#Seawolves top Maine in OT to tie for America East regular season title
Orono, Maine - Freshman Elise Pratt (Sicklerville, N.J.) scored her first collegiate goal in the 103rd minute to help the Stony Brook women's soccer team (11-5-1, 6-2-0 America East) defeat Maine, 2-1, in double overtime on Sunday at Alumni Field. With the win, the Seawolves tied for the America East regular season championship for the first time in program history. Stony Brook will be the No. 2 overall seed in the conference tournament and, after a bye in the Quarterfinals, will host Maine or Binghamton next Sunday at LaValle Stadium in the Semifinal round.
"This was a great team win for us today. In many ways, this was a playoff game with a playoff-type atmosphere with all that was riding on it. Maine played a very good game, but we were fortunate enough to come out with the win. Sometimes you have to find ways to grind out wins, and that's exactly what we did today."
• Stony Brook got on the board first in the 26th minute when sophomore Stella Norman (Lakewood, Colo.) blasted a free kick under the crossbar from well outside the box. • Maine (8-5-4, 5-2-1 America East) equalized in the 56th minute when Eve L'Abbe ripped a shot by Castanio. • Early in the second overtime, sophomore Priscilla Wiggins (Princeton, N.J.) drove the ball down the left wing and provided a perfect cross to Pratt, who was left unmarked in the center of the box for an easy header goal.
The Numbers Game
• Stony Brook keeper Ashley Castanio (Oceanside, N.Y.) was brilliant throughout, turning aside a career-high 13 shots to keep the Seawolves alive in a game in which they were outshot, 28-9. • Stony Brook scored two goals on just three shots on goal in the match. • The Black Bears outshot the Seawolves, 6-2, in overtime. • Maine held a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. • Maine's Lisa Bijman led all players with six shot attempts. • Wiggins paced the Seawolves with three shots.
News & Notes
• Stony Brook will be the No. 2 seed in the postseason for the first time since 2010. • Stony Brook's second-place finish in the America East ties for the best-ever regular season finish in program history (2008, 2010). • Stony Brook finished tied for first in the standings for the first tim • The Seawolves won six America East games for just the second time in program history (2008). • Stony Brook won its first overtime game of the season Sunday. • The Seawolves have beaten Maine three straight times dating back to last year. • Pratt is the 13th different Seawolf to score a goal this season. • Wiggins picked up her first assist of the season with the overtime helper. • Senior Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) finished the regular season as the America East scoring leader with 10 goals and 24 points.
• Stony Brook and UMBC each finished the season with 18 points, but due to the Retrievers' victory over the Seawolves, UMBC held the tiebreaker and thus earned the No. 1 overall seed. • Maine will be the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will host No. 6 Binghamton on Thursday in the Quarterfinals. • Hartford clinched the No. 4 seed and will host No. 5 Vermont on Thursday in the Quarterfinals.
Stony Brook will host the winner of No. 3 Maine vs. No. 6 Binghamton on Sunday, Nov. 3 at LaValle Stadium.