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Six Seawolves and Coaching Staff Earn Women’s Soccer America East Honors

10_24_2018 Seawolves and staff earn America East Honors

10_24_2018 Seawolves and staff earn America East HonorsSix players from the Stony Brook women’s soccer team along with the entire coaching staff earned All-Conference honors following the conclusion of the 2018 regular season. The awards were announced by the league office on Wednesday afternoon.

Leading the way were Julie Johnstonbaugh (Neshanic Station, NJ) and sophomore Sofia Manner (Helsinki, Finland), who were both named to the America East First Team.

Johnstonbaugh, who scored the game-winning goal in the Seawolves’ last two regular season games, totaled nine goals and an assist in the regular season. She scored five times in the Seawolves’ last five contests of the regular season. Her five game-winning goals were good for first in the conference.

Manner, who was also named America East Goalkeeper of the Year, played the majority of minutes in net for the Seawolves.  The 2017 America East Rookie of the Year finished the regular season with a conference-best .794 save percentage, while also leading the America East with seven shutouts. She allowed just two goals in the final six games of the season, all of which were conference matchups.

Senior Kaitlin Loughren (Huntington, NY), along with sophomores Kimmy Chavkin (Franklin, NJ) and Alyssa Francese (Yorktown Heights, NY) were named to the America East Second Team, making Stony Brook the only team with three players on the list.

This is the third straight season that Loughren has been named to the All-Conference Second Team. The senior defender started all 18 games for the second consecutive season, dishing out two assists while leading a defensive front that allowed just 20 goals this season.

Francese tied Johnstonbaugh for the team lead in goals with nine to go along with her one assist. The forward, who was named to the America East All-Rookie Team last season, scored in four straight games in September, a stretch that saw the Seawolves go 3-0-1. Francese, a business management major, was also named to the America East All-Academic Team with 3.78 GPA.

Chavkin, a midfielder, scored once and assisted on five goals this year while logging the second-most minutes on the team behind Manner. Chavkin’s goal, which was the second of her career, came in the Seawolves’ 4-0 victory over Vermont on September 30.

Freshman Tatum Kauka (Wahiawa, HI) was named to the America East All-Rookie Team. The forward scored twice and had an assist in her debut campaign. She picked up the first point of her career when she assisted on the Seawolves’ opening goal in their 2-1 victory over Oregon State on August 19. Kauka scored her first career goal on September 9 in a 4-0 win over Wagner.

The Seawolves coaching staff was named America East Coaching Staff of the Year after leading the team to an 11-6-1, 6-1-1 America East record en route to winning the America East Regular Season Title. Head coach Brendan Faherty, assistants Sarah Martinez and Sade Ayinde and volunteer assistant Shannon Grogan all played instrumental parts in leading the Seawolves to the No. 1 seed in the America East playoffs.

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