Stony Brook’s 2015 campaign ended in disappointment as the Seawolves fell to the high-powered Albany Great Danes 22-9 in the America East Championship game. However, with the recent news regarding transfer Zach Oliveri…next year looks promising.
Oliveri, a former Umass Minuteman who just finished his junior season recently announced that he will transfer to Stony Brook and will be granted one year of eligibility. Stony Brook is already returning 8 starters from last year and now seem to have filled the missing spot of an anchor behind the defense. The Seawolves gave up 10.83 goals per game and their rotating line of goalies had a 43% save percentage, which ranks far outside of the top 50 percentages in NCAA.
The former high school All-American Oliveri brings serious talent and confidence to the table. In Oliveri’s second game of his career at Umass he stopped 18 shots against then #4 North Carolina in a 12-11 win. This past year was highlighted by his 15 save performance against the Tewaaraton award winner and #1 scoring offense in the country, Albany, in a 9-10 loss. Oliveri finished the 2015 season with a 51% save percentage (41st in NCAA D1) and 10.34 GAA (34th in NCAA D1). In his career at Umass he had a GAA (goals allowed average) of 9.48 and a 53% save percentage.
Oliveri, who was the starting goalie for USA U-19 gold medal team in 2012, will bring big game experience and higher efficiency between the pipes. His statistics prove that he will be an upgrade for the Seawolves and could push Stony Brook deep into the NCAA Tournament.
Comment below if you think Oliveri is ready to carry Stony Brook next year.