Van Dyke paces Stony Brook with three goals in her third collegiate game
Game originally scheduled for noon
Stony Brook looks to become a mainstay on national scene after a record-setting 2013 season
Slate includes seven teams that finished in the top 40 in RPI
Stony Brook returns more than half of its starting defense from last season, add 15 newcomers
Stony Brook women's lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina has named Jill Byers, an accomplished player at both the collegiate and international levels and a rising star in the coaching ranks, an assistant coach in August 2013. Arguably the best women's lacrosse player to ever suit up for Notre Dame, Byers spent 2013 on the sidelines as the Irish's top assistant and helped guide her alma mater to an NCAA Tournament berth.
"Hiring someone with the experience and success that Jill Byers has is something that was extremely important for our program especially with the large incoming freshman class," Spallina said. "She is a Long Island native with a great pedigree and experience playing and coaching at the top-10, Div. I level who will help bolster our recruiting. We will definitely benefit from having her on our staff."
At Notre Dame, Byers mentored five IWLCA West/Mid-West All-Region honorees and one first-team All-American. She also served as the team's recruiting coordinator and created reports for film breakdown and live scouting for an Irish team that raced off to its best start in school history at 10-0 overall and 4-0 in Big East action.
Prior to her coaching stint in South Bend, Byers was an assistant at Yale for three seasons. In 2012, she directed a Bulldog offense that netted 137 goals, a 65 percent increase from the previous season and the most for the program since 2008.
The Northport, N.Y., native played for the U.S. Women's National Team from 2008-12, where she competed with and against the best players in the world.
Byers, a 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist and team captain, produced an illustrious playing career at Notre Dame, where she graduated as the all-time leader in goals (262), points (336) and draw controls (154). A four-time IWLCA All-American and 2009 Honda Award finalist, Byers wrapped up her collegiate playing days fourth in NCAA history in career goals and 10th in points.
She stashed away a league-record 78 goals in Big East play on her way to being named a unanimous first-team all-conference selection in each of her four seasons and the 2009 Big East Attack Player of the Year. Byers, who helped the Irish reach the Final Four during her freshman season and capture its only conference crown in 2009, was voted the second runner-up for Notre Dame's Female Athlete of the Decade Award (2000-2009).
A two-time Big East Academic All-Star, Byers graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in film, television and theatre.