The Stony Brook women’s soccer team won its first-ever America East Championship, beating Hartford 1-0 on Sunday in  Hartford.

Junior forward, Larissa Nysch scored the winning goal in the 13th minute.

Freshman Kirsten Baker crossed a ball toward Nysch, and she finished her chance, putting a swift kick into the net.

In the game, the Seawolves’ defense was effective, blocking Hartford.

The defense allowed only two shots on target of 10. Seawolves’ goalkeeper Ashley Castanio made two saves.

In the 31st minute, Castanio made a great save, tipping the ball over the net.

After the game, Senior Sa’sha Kershaw was named the America East Most Outstanding Player and named to the All-Tournament team.

Junior Ahriel Fernandez, Castanio and Nysch also made the team.

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This is Stony Brook’s first America East Championship.

Also, Stony Brook became the first 6th seed to win the title, and defeated the top three seeds in the tournament: Hartford, Maine and NewHampshire.

Stony Brook is also going to advance to the NCAA Tournament.

The 12-win season was the program’s best since joining the America East in 2001.

It was also Stony Brook’s first victory against Hartford since Sept. 28, 2008, when the Seawolves won 1-0 at home.

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With Sunday’s victory, Stony Brook improved to 7-4-1 on the road this season.

Nysch finished the season with the most points on the team, with 22 points.

She finished with nine goals and four assists on the season.

Kershaw was second on the team with 15 points, six goals and three assists.

Castanio ended up playing in all 21 games and finished the season with 111 saves and allowing 26 goals.

Her save percentage was .810, with 12 wins, six losses and three draws.

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She had five shutouts this season.

The first round of the tournament will be on Nov. 9-11, and whom Stony Brook will have a game against will be announced on Monday at 4:30 p.m.

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