Allison Cukrov,  above, will returns to Stony Brook after winning 23 games and posting a 2.10 ERA. STATESMAN STOCK PHOTO

After winning the regular season championship, the Stony Brook softball team was picked to top the standings in the America East preseason poll. The Seawolves received five of the seven first-place votes and 34 points in total.

The Albany Great Danes were a close second with the other two first-place votes. The Head Coaches of each team in the conference all vote for the top-seeded team in preseason polls. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Seawolves are coming off a fantastic 34-18 (15-2 in conference) season, winning 30 of their final 38 games.

The team’s ace, two-time America East Pitcher of the Year Allison Cukrov, returns to Stony Brook after winning 23 games and posting up a 2.10 ERA.

Second-team all-conference outfielders Shayla Giosa and Bria Green are also returning to the team after hitting a combined .310 average with 43 extra-base hits and 85 RBIs.

The softball team has placed progressively higher in the preseason poll over the past few years, placing in third in 2013, and then moving up one spot to second in 2014. Their season will begin in Florida as the Seawolves take on Oakland in the Florida Gulf Coast Tournament on Feb. 20.


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