CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Arguably the greatest moment in America East history, Stony Brook's run to the College World Series in June is the league's 2011-12 America East Moment of the Year as voted on by AmericaEastfans through its Facebook page.
Stony Brook's accomplishment received 141 votes, 38 percent of the 373 votes cast in the second year of the award. Lucy Van Dalen winning an NCAA title in the indoor mile received the second-most votes with 32 percent of the total. Twelve America East baseball standouts getting selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, a high for the conference, garnered six percent of the vote and was third.
The Seawolves' baseball team dominated during the regular season and conference tournament, capturing its second league title in three years and earning an NCAA berth. That dominance continued at the Coral Gables Regional as the Seawolves scored 50 runs in five games and won three straight elimination contests to earn a date at 7th-seeded LSU in the Best-of-Three Super Regional. After losing a heartbreaker in the first game of the series, Stony Brook outscored the Tigers 10-3 in the next two games to again avoid elimination and became the first America East team to advance to the College World Series. The Seawolves ended their season with 52 wins, the most the country, and ranked 7th nationally.
The America East unveiled 12 nominees for the award viavideo capsules earlier this summer and fans voted for their favorite Moment of the Year by liking the corresponding video on Facebook. Voting ran from July 25-August 6.