Senior midfielder Leonardo Fernandes has been named a third-team All-American selection by College Soccer News. Fernandes scored nine goals and had seven assists (25 points) in 2011; he was named a first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection and was a finalist for BigAppleSoccer.com's Player of the Year.
In a preseason coaches' poll earlier this month, Stony Brook was picked to win the America East conference. The team has won two out of the last three America East conference championships, and returns seven starters from last year's team.
Football Games to be Televised
All five of Stony Brook's road games will be shown on TV, with four different networks picking up coverage. Those games are as follows:
- SBU at Syracuse: Sept. 15, 4 p.m. on SNY
- SBU at Army: Sept. 29, 12 p.m. on CBS Sports Network
- SBU at Coastal Carolina: Oct. 13 (time TBA) on ESPN3
- SBU at Presbyterian: Oct. 27, 1 p.m. on ESPN3
- SBU at Liberty: Nov. 10, 3:30 p.m. on MASN
Senior running back Miguel Maysonet was named to the preseason All-America Team roster as a fourth-team pick. In 2011, Maysonet racked up 1,633 yards, a Stony Brook and Big South record, and 15 touchdowns, to become the school's all-time leader in rushing TDs. He was also named Big South Preseason Offseason Player of the Year and is on the Walter Payton Award watchlist.
Along with Maysonet, senior quarterback Kyle Essington, junior running back Marcus Coker, senior fullback Chris Fenelon, junior linebacker Jawara Dudley, senior defensive back Dominic Reyes, and senior kicker Wesley Skiffington were all named first-team preseason selections.
So Long, Big South
In 2013, Stony Brook football will leave the Big South football conference for the Colonial Athletic Association. According to athletic director Jim Fiore, the switch will help elevate the football program.
"Moving our football program into the CAA aligns us with the elite academic and athletic institutions in the Football Championship Subdivision," Fiore said in a statement. "We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our talented student-athletes, modern facilities and beautiful campus to a broader audience while also providing our students, the campus community, our fans and alumni a new and exciting level of Seawolves college football to enjoy.”