Stony Brook Athletics Celebrate 2022 Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Hall of Fame Class
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – On Friday night, seven standout Seawolves and the 2012 baseball team were enshrined in the Stony Brook Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame ceremony honored the inductee class of 2022 inside the Island Federal Arena, as inductees were celebrated for their outstanding contributions to Stony Brook Athletics.
The 2022 Hall of Fame Class consisted of the 2012 Baseball Team, Allison Brewster (Cukrov) – softball, Darcy Heuser-Ryan – women’s swimming and diving, Kenneth P. LaValle – track and field, Claire Cannetti (Petersen) – lacrosse women’s, Tyler Santucci – soccer, Dale Summerville – men’s cross country/track and field, and Jameel Warney – men’s basketball.
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Tonight we celebrate seven outstanding individuals and the 2012 University World Series team, who are enshrined in the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame ‼️
— Stony Brook Athletics (@SBAthlétiques) October 21, 2022
The Athletics Hall of Fame began in 1991 with the induction of its first members. On October 20, 2007, the Hall of Fame was dedicated as the Rita & Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame to honor the memory of Rita and Kurt Eppenstein, two quintessential New Yorkers whose lives serve as lessons superior in ethics, character and perseverance. , and who sacrificed so much to allow their son to graduate from college and law school and enjoy the opportunities and experiences that came from their own American dream. Their son, Ted Eppenstein ’68, was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in the fourth class to be inducted in 1994.
The 2012 baseball team becomes the first team in Stony Brook history to be inducted into the Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame. The Seawolves shocked the world in 2012 by winning a program record and NCAA best 52 games en route to their first-ever College World Series appearance. Stony Brook became the first and only team from the Northeast region to advance to the CWS since the NCAA moved away from geographic regionals in 1987 after defeating LSU in the Super Regionals. That season, the Seawolves had 12 top student-athletes in the conference earning all-conference honors and seven student-athletes were selected in the 2012 MLB Draft, five of whom were selected in the 12 first rounds. Travis Jankowski was named ABCA Co-National Player of the Year and America East Player of the Year, Tyler Johnson was named America East Pitcher of the Year and was an American academic, Cole Peragine won America East Rookie of the Year. honor and coach Matt Senk won NCBWA National Coach of the Year and America East Coach of the Year. Stony Brook finished the year in the top 10 in four major polls, including Baseball America’s No. 7.
Cukrov ended his career as the program’s all-time leader in wins, saves, and complete games and still holds those records. During her college career, she was named America East’s pitcher of the year twice (2012, 2014), was a first-team All-America East selection three times (2012, 2014, 2015) and was an America East All-Rookie Team Selection in 2012. Cukrov helped lead the Seawolves to their 2013 America East Championship and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player conference after going 3-1 in the circle with a 1.11 ERA. She also recorded 11 strikeouts and one save en route to the America East title. Cukrov threw a perfect game and one no-hitter in his career.
Heuser-Ryan is one of the most decorated swimmers in Stony Brook history. She held individual team records in the 100 yard freestyle, 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle, 1000 yard freestyle and 1650 yard freestyle. She was also a member of relay teams that held program records in the 200-yard freestyle relay, 400-yard freestyle relay, 800-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard medley relay. In June 2012, Heuser-Ryan qualified for a C final at the Santa Clara Grand Prix where she competed internationally. In 2009 she competed in the National Junior Championships and in 2010 she won an award for her undergraduate achievements. As a freshman, she was named team MVP and later was named team captain during her junior and senior years.
LaValle is a longtime Stony Brook Athletics champion in his role as a New York State senator and chair of the Higher Education Committee. One of his many goals during his career was to see Stony Brook achieve Division I status and to have the facilities necessary to achieve that goal. From the end of the 1980s, LaValle focused his energy on the creation and construction of the football/lacrosse stadium at Stony Brook and worked with several administrations to carry out this project and succeeded admirably in this mission. Over the years, LaValle has had a vision to pursue many initiatives on campus, including Advanced Technology Centers. LaValle was instrumental in establishing the Long Island High Tech Incubator at Stony Brook and championed the University of Stony Brook incubator at Calverton. The Fine Arts Center is the result of LaValle’s work, as is the Indoor Sports Complex, which provides the campus with regulation sports facilities. He was awarded the Stony Brook Academic Medal in recognition of his work in higher education, the highest honor granted by the university.
In two seasons at Stony Brook, Petersen helped elevate the women’s lacrosse program into the national spotlight. Petersen was the program’s first All-American in 2012 and led the team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2013. Over the course of two seasons, she recorded 174 points as she scored 69 goals and saved 105 assists in just 33 games. His 105 assists are the fourth in program history and his 174 points are 10th. Petersen is one of four Seawolves with more than 100 assists in a season and holds the NCAA records for assists in a game with 11 and assists per game in a career with 3.18. In 2013, she played the final four games of her career with a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus, totaling 11 points and playing a pivotal role in the Seawolves America’s Championship and NCAA Tournament first-round victory at the during this period.
Santucci was the first full-purse linebacker in the football program and is considered one of the best defensive players in school history. Santucci became the Seawolves’ first AP All-American in 2009 after being named Big South Defensive Player of the Year. Over four seasons, the linebacker recorded 284 total tackles. He finished the 2009 season with a career-high 93 tackles. Santucci was an integral part of Stony Brook’s first-ever Big South Championship team in 2009. Following his senior season, he was honored by the ECAC as an FCS All-Star. After his college career ended, Santucci was recognized as one of the top student-athletes of his era as he was selected to the Big South All-Decade Team.
Dale Summerville 2005, Men’s Cross Country/Athletics:
Summerville is one of the most decorated runners in Stony Brook history. It was noted that his arrival on campus in August 2001 was responsible for setting the direction of the cross country and track and field program. Summerville came to Long Island from New Zealand and is the one who opened the door to the wealth of talent that has passed through Stony Brook over the past 20 years. In the sport of cross country, he was named to the America East All-Conference Team, was Metropolitan Champion, was IC4A Team Champion, and competed in two Northeast Regional Championships. of the NCAA (2003, 2004). On the track, he was America East champion in the 4×800 meter relay (2002) and the Distance Medley relay (2004). In 2004 he also won a Metropolitan Championship in the Medley distance relay. Summerville was a finalist at the 2002 Millrose Games in the 4×800 meters relay and was an IC4A qualifier seven times. Academically, Summerville won the 2003-04 SUNY Chancellor Award, was a Cross Country Academic All-American, and was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Warney is the program’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played. He is the winningest player in school history and led the Seawolves to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in 2016. During his college career, he played in 135 games and averaged 15 .8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 assists per game. He was three-time America East Player of the Year, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and won the 2012-13 Rookie of the Year. He was a three-time AP All-American Honorable Mention, three-time All-Met First Team, three-time NABC All-District 1 First Team selection, and was the 2016 Division Player of the Year. I of the ECAC. Warney became the 110th player in Division I history to reach 2,000 career points and 1,000 rebounds. In the 2016 America East Championship Game, he scored a Stony Brook Division I record 43 points en route to the Seawolves’ victory over Vermont. Earlier this season, he set the Division I single-game rebounds record with 23 against UMBC. Warney became the first Stony Brook alum to play in the NBA when he made his debut for the Dallas Mavericks on March 11, 2018 against the Houston Rockets.