Maria Fesel '98
Induction Class of 2008
A native of New Hyde Park, N.Y., Maria Fesel played soccer at Binghamton from 1994-97. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1998 and received her master's degree in education from Hofstra University in 2000.
The most decorated soccer player in school history, Fesel was a two-time first team All-American defender, and during her four-year tenure, Binghamton teams won at a 72% clip and enjoyed unprecedented national prominence.
As a freshman forward, Fesel tallied eight goals and five assists for a BU team that won 15 games, captured the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation.
In her second year, Fesel was moved back to sweeper and proceeded to anchor a defensive unit that posted 12 shutouts and allowed just 10 goals in 19 games. That 1995 team went 12-4-3, captured the program's first outright SUNYAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. Fesel was a first team all-conference, all-state, all-region and finally deemed one of the top four defenders in the entire nation with her first team All-America status.
Fesel and her 1996 team continued to raise the bar with a record-setting 17-2 season that culminated with a home game in the NCAA tournament round of 16. She was a repeat first team All-America selection after guiding a defense that limited opponents to eight goals in 19 games. The team won 16 consecutive games, repeated as SUNYAC champions and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the country.
In her senior season, Fesel steered Binghamton to 10 wins and a New York State championship. She earned first team all-region honors for the third consecutive season.
Fesel was named the school's "Athlete of the Year" in both 1995-96 and 1996-97 and also received the Foundation Award in 1998.
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