Fourth-Ranked Huskies Set To Open NCAA Tourney Against Stony Brook In Second Round



    STORRS, Conn. (November 21, 2005)
    UConn Opens Tourney Action vs. Stony Brook
    The eighth-seeded and fourth-ranked UConn Huskies will face Stony Brook in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Seawolves defeated Yale, 3-2, in overtime on Saturday to advance to the second round. UConn (15-3-1) has been idle since securing the 2005 BIG EAST Championship with a 1-0 win over USF on Nov. 13.

    The Huskies have a five-game win streak in check heading into the tournament and have won 11 of the last 12 contests. UConn has faced eight teams in this year’s tournament field during the 2005 regular season, posting a record of 7-1-1.

    Up Next: The winner of today’s game will go on to face the winner of West Virginia at Akron in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Mountaineers and Zips face off Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

    A Closer Look At The Opponent
    Stony Brook (13-4-4)

    Stony Brook (13-4-4) opened its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament with the team’s fourth victory in five games. The lone non-win came in the America East Championship when the Seawolves battled to a 1-1 tie before earning the crown on a 4-2 penalty kick advantage. Midfielders Michael Palacio and Douglas Narvaez have combined for 40 percent of Stony Brook’s total offense this season, tallying 46 points between them on 12 goals and 22 assists.

    This will be the first meeting between the Huskies and Seawolves. Stony Brook holds a 2-1 record all-time against current BIG EAST teams with two victories over Seton Hall and a loss to USF. The Seawolves are 8-1-3 on the road in 2005 and 4-1-2 when playing on grass.

    The Huskies are making their 26th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and hold a 27-21-4 record all-time with National Championships coming in 1981 and 2000. Head Coach Ray is making his eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in nine years at the helm of UConn. He is 12-5-1 in the tournament with one National Championship and one College Cup semifinal appearance to his credit.

    The Huskies have a 10-game NCAA Tournament winning streak at Morrone Stadium. They are 10-1 in the NCAA Tourney at Morrone Stadium under Head Coach Ray Reid, with the last loss coming in 1998 to Penn State (1-0). UConn is 20-11-3 all-time at home and 3-9-1 on the road during tournament action.