The Stony Brook women’s soccer team is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.
The Seawolves defended their America East postseason crown with a 1-0 victory against Binghamton in the league championship match on Saturday at UMass Lowell.
Fanny Götesson scored in the ninth minute, tapping the ball into the vacated net with her left foot off a return pass from Alyssa Francese, and Stony Brook led the rest of the way.
Stony Brook (6-3) will learn its NCAA seeding and opponent during a 1 p.m. selection show on NCAA.com on Monday. The entire tournament will be held in Cary, N.C., with the opening round April 27-28.
Götesson was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Götesson, the program’s Division I record-holder for career assists, also scored the America East championship-winning goal in 2019 against Hartford. That goal also was assisted by Francese.
The goal on Saturday was Götesson first of the season.
Francese had a goal or assist on three of Stony Brook’s four goals during the America East tournament.
Emerson Richmond Burke had three saves in the shutout.
Götesson, Francese, Catharina von Drigalski and Kimmy Chavkin were named to the all-championship team.
Saturday’s championship match proved the opposite scenario from the semifinal victory against Vermont, when the Seawolves conceded an early goal and rallied with three second-half goals.
“I am so proud of this team,” said coach Tobias Bischof, whose teams have won four straight conference championships — two apiece at Hofstra and Stony Brook. “It was a long season, starting in August. The goal was always to get back here. We are so proud of our team to win another championship for our athletic department and Stony Brook University.”