#Seawolves come in at No. 14 in Brine Media Preseason Poll
Jan. 28, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - For the second consecutive season and second time in program history, the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team is ranked in the preseason media poll. The #Seawolves, which produced their winningest season in program history in 2013 with a 17-3 mark, have been slotted at No. 14 in the Brine Media Preseason Top 20 rankings.
Stony Brook was 18th in the 2013 preseason media poll and finished 10th after winning its first America East crown and NCAA Tournament game, an 8-6 triumph over Towson.
The Seawolves return seven starters and more than half of their starting defense from last year's team that set an NCAA Division I record for scoring defense (5.65). Anchoring that unit will be ILWomen Preseason All-American and senior goalie Frankie Caridi, who led the nation in goals-against average (5.71) and save percentage (.530) last season. For her efforts, she picked up second team All-Region and first team all-conference honors.
Sophomores Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz are set to reclaim their starting spots in front of Caridi. Fleming was tabbed Synapse All-Rookie, America East All-Rookie and second team all-conference during a stellar freshman year, while Meritz proved to be a dynamic player capable of assisting on the clear.
The Seawolves also welcome back three of their top five goal scorers from the 2013 squad that broke the school record for single-season goals (298) in midfielders Michelle Rubino (34), Amber Kupres (31) and Emily Mercier (28).
Rubino, a junior captain, is Stony Brook's leading returner in draw controls (57) and points (46) after helping the Seawolves break the program's single-season marks in both (412 points, 260 goals). A two-time all-conference pick, she already sits fourth on Stony Brook's career draw control ledger with 151 career draws.
Kupres tallied a game-high three goals in the NCAA Tournament win over Towson. The junior captain finished second on the team with 41 ground balls last year, the 10th-most in Seawolves single-season history.
Stony Brook brings in 15 decorated newcomers, including six former high school All-Americans, as it continues its hunt to play deep into May on an annual basis. The 2014 season begins at home against Bucknell Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
The IWLCA Preseason Coaches' Poll will be unveiled Monday, Feb. 3. Stony Brook ended the year at No. 11 in the poll after starting the season at No. 19.