Costello, an outfielder on the softball team, was one of six student-athletes and one of two Division I student-athletes from SUNY colleges and universities who were nominated for the distinction.
Costello was selected from 70 student-athletes that had been recognized by SUNY as Scholar Athletes in their respective sport during the 2022-23 academic year. Nominating information includes cumulative grade point average, current and career statistics, and athletic and academic honors.
This year, Costello maintained a cumulative 3.8 GPA while pursuing her major in biochemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. She was one of two Stony Brook student-athletes to earn the SUNY Spring Scholar Athlete of the Year honor.
“Alyssa is an incredibly driven young woman who represents the very best of Stony Brook as both a student and as an athlete. She continues to make a significant impact on our department, and I can’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this prestigious honor,” said Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Helibron.
“This is an exceptional award for an exceptional student-athlete. Alyssa’s ability to excel at such a high level in the classroom and on the field is incredible,” said softball head coach Megan Bryant. “She strives to be at her best in all that she does, and is a great teammate and competitor. We are so proud of Alyssa, and how she represents our University, Stony Brook Athletics, and Seawolves Softball.”
Costello was selected to the All-Conference First Team and the NFCA Division I All-Region Team, and was a member of the CAA Softball All-Tournament Team. The outfielder dominated at the plate in the Seawolves’ first season in the CAA. She led the conference in batting average (.405) and ranked top five in several offensive categories: second in slugging percentage (.671), fourth in RBIs (38) and hits (68), and fifth in doubles (13), runs (38), and home runs (9). Her 68 hits were the fourth most in SBU program history and her .405 average was the sixth-best by any player in any season.
“Balancing education and athletics is no small feat. With a sheer determination to succeed, each of the student-athletes selected has achieved that balance and shown a commitment to their sport and their studies. I cannot stress enough the weight of the phrase ‘student-athlete,’” said SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. “Each individual is a student first, and it is an honor for me and for SUNY to bestow this award to each of the student-athletes.”