#Seawolves No. 12 in IWLCA preseason poll
Feb. 3, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has come in at No. 12 in the IWLCA preseason poll, the coaches' organization announced Monday afternoon. The preseason ranking is the highest for the #Seawolves in school history. Stony Brook was slotted at No. 14 in the Brine Media Preseason Poll released last week.
The defending America East champion received 141 votes to rank ahead of UMass, which tallied 120 votes, and is the only team in the conference to crack the top 20. Albany is listed as receiving votes.
Stony Brook returns seven starters from last year's team that won the first America East championship and NCAA Tournament game in program history. ILWomen Preseason All-American goalie Frankie Caridi is coming off a stellar season that saw her post the nation's best save percentage (.530) and goals-against average (5.71). A two-time first team all-conference selection, Caridi anchored a defensive unit that broke a Division I record for scoring defense (5.65).
Joining Caridi in the backfield will be sophomores Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz. Fleming made 19 starts and picked up America East All-Rookie and second team all-conference accolades. She finished second on the squad with 17 caused turnovers. Meritz started all 20 games and used her speed to assist on the clear.
The Seawolves welcome back three of their top five goal scorers after breaking the single-season school record for goals (298). Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino stashed away 34 goals in 2013, while junior midfielder Amber Kupres and senior midfielder Emily Mercier scored 31 goals and 28 goals, respectively. The athletic Rubino is also Stony Brook's leading returner in draw controls (57) and points (46) and already sits fourth all-time in program history with 151 career draw controls.
Stony Brook adds a highly touted transfer from Princeton in midfielder Jenna Davis, who will use her fifth and final year of eligibility after leading Princeton to the NCAA Tournament last season, and 14 decorated freshmen as it begins its quest to play deep into May.
The hunt begins Saturday, Feb. 15 at home when the Seawolves host Bucknell at LaValle Stadium. Admission to all Stony Brook women's lacrosse home games is free and open to the public.