Softball tabbed third in America East preseason poll

Sophomore pitcher Allison Cukrov
 
Sophomore pitcher Allison Cukrov
 
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Feb. 4, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. - The Stony Brook softball team was picked third in the America East preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the conference Monday. Albany and Boston University were voted co-favorites with three first-place votes apiece. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own teams.

The Seawolves garnered 30 points, just two fewer than Albany and BU, and one first-place vote. Binghamton was tabbed fourth with 19 points, while Maine (18), Hartford (10) and UMBC (7) rounded out spots five through seven, respectively.

The Seawolves return 10 letterwinners from last year's team that won 36 games, including 14 in conference. Sophomore Allison Cukrov (Irvine, Calif.), the reigning America East Pitcher of the Year, returns to anchor the staff, while sophomore Shayla Giosia (Runnemede, N.J.), junior Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) and junior Nicole Hagerty (Sicklerville, N.J.) are back to bolster the lineup.

Stony Brook also welcomes 11 new faces to the fold, giving head coach Megan Bryant a deep and talented squad heading into the new season.

The Seawolves open the 2013 campaign on Feb. 15 in Jacksonville, Fla. against No. 18 Louisville.