Manner, Stony Brook Coaches Garner America East Honors

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Stony Brook women's soccer head coach Brendan Faherty. Photo: Stony Brook Univ.

After finishing the regular season in first place and holding the top seed in the America East tournament, Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team has garnered two major conference awards.

Sofia Manner has been named Goalkeeper of the Year and the Seawolves coaching staff has been named the America East Coaching Staff of the Year.

In addition, Manner and Julie Johnstonbaugh were named First-Team All-Conference; Senior Kaitlin Loughren (Huntington), and sophomores Kimmy Chavkin and Alyssa Francese were named Second Team All-Conference; and Tatum Kauka named to the America East All-Rookie team.

Francese, who is majoring in Business Management, was also named to the America East All-Academic Team with a 3.78 GPA.

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Sofia Manner. Photo:

In her two seasons at Stony Brook, Manner has been a fixture in goal for the Seawolves. Named conference Rookie of the Year in 2017, Manner’s sophomore season on Long Island has been a strong one.

She leads the conference in save percentage (.794) and clean sheets (7) and has played more than 1,600 minutes to-date this season appearing in the team’s 18 games. Last season Manner appeared in 20 matches for Stony Brook.

Head coach Brendan Faherty, assistants Sarah Martinez and Sade Ayinde and volunteer assistant Shannon Grogan are part of the coaching staff that was named the best in the conference. The Seawolves closed out the regular season 11-6-1 and finished tied for first place in America East with a 6-1-1 record.

Stony Brook shared the regular-season title for the first time since 2013 and for only the second time in program history. This is also the first time they are the top seed in the America East Post Season Tournament.

The Seawolves will open the 2018 post-season Sunday at home when they host the winner of the UMass-Lowell/Vermont match. Kickoff is at LaValle Stadium is 12 p.m.