Hofstra, SBU women going to NCAA soccer tournament
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Both Hofstra and Stony Brook are headed to the NCAA Division I women's soccer tournament after conference championship game victories Sunday.
Hofstra topped UNC Wilmington, 2-1, in double overtime in the CAA Championship Game, at William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Stony Brook beat host Hartford, 1-0, to win the school's first America East Conference championship.
The two teams will learn their seeding and first- round opponents during Monday's NCAA selection show, scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
Sam Scolarici netted the game-winner for Hofstra in the third minute of the double overtime. Lulu Echeverry, who opened scoring in the seventh minute of regulation, assisted on the deciding goal. Emily Morphitis made five saves for Hofstra.
Junior Larissa Nysch scored Stony Brook's only goal in the 12th minute of the first half, off an assist from Kristen Baker. Stony Brook goalkeeper Ashley Castanio made two saves.
"We couldn't be more excited to represent the America East in the NCAA Tournament," Stony Brook coach Sue Ryan said. "Winning the championship is a testament to the leadership of our seniors and juniors and the depth of our team . . . One of the secrets to our success this year is we've been able to run many players against other teams and wear them down. That's what happened today."
Stony Brook senior Sa'sha Kershaw was named the most outstanding player of the tournament and was named to the all-tournament team. Kershaw had a goal and an assist in three games. Nysch, Castanio and Ahriel Fernandez joined Kershaw on the all-tournament team.
The victory over Hartford acted as a bit of revenge for the Seawolves. Hartford beat Stony Brook, 2-1, in double overtime in the final game of the regular season. En route to the championship, the sixth-seeded Seawolves knocked off the top three seeds. They are the first sixth seed to ever win the postseason conference championship, according to the school's website.
The win was Stony Brook's 12th this season, the most since joining America East in 2001.
Stony Brook finished the regular season 9-6-3 overall and 3-4-1 in America East. Hofstra finished the year 10-8 overall and 6-4 in the CAA.
Hofstra and Stony Brook weren't the only locals to extend their season Sunday. A 1-0 win over Bridgeport in the ECC championship game propelled Dowling into the Division II East Regional. Seeds and pairings will be announced Monday night at 7:30, according to the Dowling Athletic Department.
Dowling's Lindsey Thompson broke a scoreless tie in the 73rd minute of the title game, off an assist from Allie Abruzzo.
Goalkeeper Melissa Guglielmo made eight saves and was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Guglielmo made 11 saves in the two-game tournament.
Dowling advanced to the championship game by defeating LIU Post, 2-1, on Friday. The Golden Lions finished the regular season 11-3-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the ECC.