3/29/2005 - Women's Soccer
Navy Soccer Standout Stacy Finley: Sept. 13, 1982 ? March 24, 2005
Stacy Marguerite Finley
Sept. 13, 1982 ? March 24, 2005
With her family at her side, Stacy Finley passed away peacefully on March 24, 2005.
Stacy enriched the lives of many ? as the proud daughter of Alan and Vernzina, a sister to Nancy, a girlfriend, a role model and mentor to her soccer and softball teammates at Carondelet High School and the United States Naval Academy and as a newly-commissioned officer in the United States Navy.
As a four-year all-league, all-city and All-East Bay soccer player, she led Carondelet High School to back-to-back state championship titles in 1995 and ?96, and in her senior season a No. 1 team ranking. The epitome of a team player, her peers voted her captain of the soccer team twice and the softball team her senior year.
Stacy continued her stellar career at the United States Naval Academy where she finished her career as one of the most decorated players in school and league history. Honored three times as an all-league player, she was twice named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and twice named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Mid-Atlantic Region team.
She graduated as Navy's record holder in career points, goals and shots and owns single-season records in points, goals, assists and shots.
One of the proudest weeks of her collegiate career came during her senior season. She became Navy's all-time leading goal scorer with her game winner Oct. 3, 2003 against the University of Delaware, while her hat trick four days later against American University gave her Navy's all-time points title.
Stacy was instrumental in guiding not only the Navy women's soccer team to an historic feat, but Naval Academy athletics in general. Navy claimed its first Patriot League Tournament title in 2003 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament ? the first Div. I NCAA Tournament appearance by any women's athletic team at the Naval Academy.
The Mids owned a 59-20-8 record during her four-year career, which included a school-record 17 wins her senior campaign. Additionally, she helped Navy capture three-straight league regular-season titles. Stacy never lost to archrival Army, winning three N-Stars.
Truly an unselfish player, teammate and friend, she often spoke of the team's achievements and shied away from her own personal honors and success. Her parents visited Annapolis often, witnessing her shine as a player and as a midshipman.
While at the Academy, Stacy also returned to another love of hers ? softball. She played with the Navy club team the spring of her junior and senior years.
Stacy's hard work in the classroom did not go unnoticed. She was named to the Commandant's List multiple times and acknowledged by the Patriot League twice for academic success.
Recognized as a leader in Bancroft Hall, she served as Regiment 1st Lt. in the fall of her First Class year.
Stacy graduated from the United States Naval Academy in May of 2004 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in quantitative economics. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an Ensign into the United States Navy where she had planned a career in the supply corps.
She is survived by her parents, Alan and Vernzina Finley, of Brentwood and sister, Nancy Washmera.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday at Carondelet High School in Concord beginning at 2 p.m. Additionally, a memorial service at the United States Naval Academy will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family is honored to receive donations in Stacy's memory through the Naval Academy Athletic Association and Women's Soccer Program. Donations designated for the Stacy Finley Memorial Fund can be made to the Naval Academy Athletic Association, in c/o the Business Office, 566 Brownson Rd, Annapolis, MD 21402.