Stony Brook Nabs Four Major America East Honors

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Stony Brook women's soccer's coaching staff. From left: Shannon Grogan, Tobias Bischof and Jim O'Brien.

Stony Brook’s women’s soccer garnered four major post-season awards from the America East conference following the regular season in which the Seawolves finished with a share of the conference title.

Junior Alyssa Francese was named Striker of the Year, junior Kimmy Chavkin was named Defender of the Year and junior Sofia Manner was named Goalkeeper of the Year. Also, Stony Brook’s coaching staff lead by first-year head coach Tobias Bischof, assistant coach Jim O’Brien and assistant coach Shannon Grogan were named the Coaching Staff of the Year.

Francese finished the regular season with a league-high 12 goals, seven of which came during league play. The native of Yorktown Heights scored in 10 of Stony Brook’s 18 matches this season scoring a season-high two goals twice in back-to-back wins over Delaware State and UMBC. She is the first Seawolves player to earn the award since its founding in 2002.

Chavkin earned Defender of the Year honors after helping Stony Brook record six clean sheets in league play. Under her leadership at center back, the Seawolves allowed just three goals in America East contests and held teams to one goal or fewer in 14 of 18 games.

Maner was honored as the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season. She is the third goalkeeper in the league’s history to win the award in back-to-back seasons after posting nine clean sheets in the 2019 campaign. Seven of those came in league play, which led the conference. She finished the year with a 0.92 goals-against average and .813 save percentage.

The coaching staff lead by Bischof led Stony Brook to its winningest regular season in 31 years, winning 12 of its 18 matches. This is the third time in four seasons Stony Brook has been awarded the conference’s top coaching honor.