#Seawolves men picked second; women third in America East preseason poll
Cambridge, Mass. - For the fourth consecutive year, the Stony Brook men's basketball team has been picked to finish second in America East by the conference's other eight head coaches, the conference announced as part of its unveiling of the preseason poll Wednesday.
The #Seawolves received three out of a possible eight first-place votes to finish with 58 points, six behind conference favorite Vermont (64). Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team. Trailing Stony Brook in the poll were Albany (49), Hartford (44), New Hampshire (31), UMBC (28), Binghamton (24), Maine (20) and UMass Lowell (8).
Stony Brook has now been picked to finish second in each of the last four seasons, but the #Seawolves have earned first-place votes each year. Despite never being picked to win the regular season, the team has captured three of the last four regular season championships.
Furthermore, the coaches' preseason favorite has not gone on to win the regular season championship since Albany did it during the 2005-06 season. The last preseason favorite to win the tournament title was Boston University during the 2010-11 season.
Led by ninth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook returns four starters from last season's team that produced the most wins in its Div. I history (25), won the America East regular season championship and produced the first national postseason victory in program history. Leading the way for the #Seawolves are senior captains Dave Coley, a preseason All-America East selection, Anthony Jackson and Eric McAlisterand 2013 America East Rookie of the Year Jameel Warney, also a preseason All-America East pick.
The #Seawolves open the 2013-14 campaign Friday, Nov. 8 against Marist at Pritchard Gymnasium at 8 p.m.
2013-14 America East Preseason Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)
Stony Brook (3)
Cambridge, Mass. – Fresh off a remarkable turnaround season that included a 10-win improvement from 2011-12, the Stony Brook women’s basketball team has been picked to finish third in the America East preseason coaches’ poll, the conference office announced Wednesday. The slot is the second highest in program history for the #Seawolves, who were picked second in 2006-07, and their best since being chosen fourth in 2010-11.
Each of the league’s nine head coaches received one vote in the poll, and they were not permitted to vote for their own programs. Albany and Hartford, who met in last year’s conference title game, were picked first and second, respectively.
Points (First-Place Votes)
Stony Brook returns eight letterwinners and two starters from last year’s squad that posted the seventh-best turnaround in the country, including preseason all-conference selection and the league’s leading returning scorer, Sabre Proctor. A 2012-13 All-America East third team selection, Proctor averaged 10.9 points per game last year and was third in the conference with a 78.4-percent free throw percentage.
Sophomore forward and 2012-13 America East All-Rookie honoree Brittany Snow will join Proctor in the frontcourt. Snow saw time in all 30 games and made 26 starts during her freshman year, averaging nearly seven points and four rebounds per contest while excelling in the classroom with a 3.51 GPA.
Defense and rebounding were hallmarks of last year’s squad, as Stony Brook finished first in the league in offensive boards per game during America East play (13.9) and 44th in the country in scoring defense (55.3 points allowed per game).
Stony Brook also welcomes seven newcomers, including five freshmen, to the fold as it looks to continue its ascent in the America East in head coach Beth O'Boyle's third year at the helm. The season begins at home against NJIT Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. For tickets, call (631) 632-WOLF.