#Seawolves No. 12 in Lacrosse Magazine Preseason Poll
Jan. 7, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Just one year after turning in its best season in program history, which included winning its first America East title and NCAA Tournament game, the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team continues to receive high praise heading into the 2014 season, coming in at No. 12 in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason rankings.
Stony Brook ranked 14th in the ILWomen.com preseason poll after finishing No. 11 in the IWLCA coaches’ poll and No. 10 in the deBeer media poll in 2013.
The Seawolves, under the direction of third-year head coach Joe Spallina, welcome back three of their top five goal scorers and more than half of their starting defense from last year’s championship team. Senior goalie and ILWomen.com Preseason All-American Frankie Caridi, who led the country in goals against average (5.71) and save percentage (.533), anchors the stellar defensive unit allowed an all-time Division I record 5.65 goals per game in 2013.
Sophomores Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz are poised to reclaim their starting sports on defense. Fleming was named Synapse All-Rookie, America East All-Rookie and second team all-conference during a fanastic freshman year, while Meritz showed versatility and was instrumental on the clear.
Stony Brook also welcomes back a pair of speedy junior midfielders who eclipsed the 30-goal mark during their sophomore campaigns in Michelle Rubino and Amber Kupres. Rubino stashed away 34 goals and already sits fourth all-time in program history with 151 draw controls, while Kupres posted 31 goals and was second on the team with 41 ground balls, the 10th-most by a Seawolf in a single season. Senior Emily Mercier scored 28 goals and used her speed to serve as a one-woman clearing machine.
The Seawolves bring in 14 decorated freshmen and a proven midfielder in Princeton transfer Jenna Davis, who helped the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth last year, as they continue their hunt to play deep into May every season. The talented incoming class features numerous state champions and six former high school All-Americans.