Women's Soccer Signs Two For 2001

April 6, 2001

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's women's soccer coach Susan Ryan announced the signing of two high school seniors to national letters of intent to begin play with Stony Brook in the fall of 2001. Dana White (Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevensen, HS) and Lea Kyle (Merritt Island, Fla./Merritt Island HS) have signed on to become Seawolves next year.

"We are very happy to have Dana and Lea join the Seawolves family," said Susan Ryan, who will enter her 17th season with the Seawolves next year. "We expect both of them to make an immediate impact next season."

As a forward, White totaled 45 career goals and 26 assists in three seasons as a starter for Livonia Stevensen High School in Livonia, Mich. She was named to the All-Conference and All-Metro teams and helped lead her team to the state championship game in 1999 and the regional finals in 2000. Livonia also won the District title in 1999 and 2000. A member of the Michigan ODP team for three seasons, White was an integral member of the team that captured the Region II championship in 2000 and the Phoenix Tournament title in 1999. In March, the Michigan ODP team won the ODP National Championship over Southern California. White played her club soccer for the Michigan Hawks, the Michigan State Cup champions in 2001 and state runner-up in 1999 and 2000.

"Dana is an exceptional athlete," said, Ryan. "She will have the ability to hold the ball as a forward target better than anyone on our team. As a result, we anticipate a much more potent attack for next season."

Kyle comes to Stony Brook after a standout career as a midfielder at Merritt Island High School in Merritt Island, Fla. A team captain and MVP, Kyle went on to earn All-Space Coast and All-Cape Coast honors in helping her team reach the final four last fall. Kyle played her club ball for FC Kumba which was ranked No. 10 in Region III and captured the State Cup the last two seasons.

"Lea characterizes the type of student-athlete that will excel Stony Brook," said Ryan. "She is a good student, a good player and has a realistic goal to reach the newly formed professional women's soccer league."

Entering its 13th season of Division I competition next fall, Stony Brook will begin its first season as a member of the America East Conference. Stony Brook competed as an independent for the previous 12 seasons.