Stony Brook Enters 2013 Campaign with Sights Set High

The Seawolves also added depth at the midfield position with the additions of Kathryn Kuerner, sister of Kelly Kuerner, Courtney Boneillo, red shirt freshman Maegan Mertiz and Marciniak, who could also see time at attack.

Captains Jessica Romano and Melissa Rotante highlight the back line for the Seawolves with an aggressive style of play that disrupts opposing offenses. After missing all of 2011 due to a knee injury, Romano returned to the field and seamlessly transitioned from midfield to defense because of her versatility as an athlete, causing 13 turnovers and picking up 20 ground balls. Rotante, a pure 1-on-1 defender, caused 12 turnovers and registered 19 ground balls.

Alyssa Flemming is a top-notch recruit who joins the Seawolves from Shoreman-Wading River High School, where she garnered All-American and All-County accolades in 2012, was named All-County in 2010 and led the team to the state championship in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Flemming is another pure 1-on-1 defender who will help shut down the opposition.

Ganoe, a versatile athlete who played in all 19 games last year, also returns to the defensive unit. Justyne Passarelli only saw time in four games last season due to injury and will look to make an impact during her senior year.

Stony Brook returns both of its netminders from the 2012 campaign which saw Frankie Caridi post a record of 8-1-0 and a save percentage of 43 percent in an injury-shortened season. Hannah Perrucio notched a 6-4 mark and made 57 stops for the Seawolves as a junior.

SBU's non-conference slate is high lighted by match-ups with a pair of 2012 national semifinalists in Florida (Feb. 20 in Gainseville, Fla.) and Maryland (March 17 at LaValle Stadium).

"To be the best, you have to play them, and we're excited about that opportunity," said Spallina.

The road contest at Florida is the second of four-straight games away from LaValle stadium to kick off the 2013 campaign. Stony Brook begins the year at Bucknell Feb. 16 at 2:00 p.m. and will face Duquense in Dowingtown, Pa. Feb. 20. SBU plays Central Connecticut Feb. 27 before returning to Long Island for its home opener against Longwood March 9th. The Seawolves will also host Iona March 20 and play their first America East game at Vermont.

Stony Brook wraps up non-conference play with a road contest with Siena and a home game against Fresno State at the end of March. On March 30, the Seawolves will play Albany, who ended their title run last season in the America East championship game.

SBU is on the road for the first two Saturdays of April at UMBC and New Hampshire and concludes its season with two home games against Boston University and Binghamton.

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