No. 12/14 #Seawolves host Monmouth in Wednesday matinee
Feb. 18, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After a dominating win over Bucknell in its season opener, the No. 12/14 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will host Monmouth Wednesday at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.
Last Time Out
Powered by sensational debuts from freshmen Courtney Murphy, Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli and Frankie Caridi's stellar play in net, Stony Brook rolled past Bucknell, 18-1, in its opener Saturday at LaValle Stadium. Murphy tallied seven goals and eight points, both school records for a freshman debut. Van Dyke finished with five goals, and Yevoli chipped in three points and a game-high six draw controls. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo recorded two goals and four helpers, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino netted a hat trick to go along with one assist. Caridi made nine stops as the Seawolves bested a program record for fewest goals allowed in one contest (1).
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth (0-1) is one of four teams on the Seawolves 2014 schedule that played in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Hawks won the NEC title in their final year in the league before joining the MAAC. MU opened the season with an 8-6 loss to Fresno State at home Sunday. Katie Donohoe made eight saves, and Stephanie Anderson recorded a team-high two goals.
The Seawolves are 3-0 all time against Monmouth. The two teams last played Feb. 26, 2012, an 18-4 victory for Stony Brook.
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1. .@cmurph__ broke @StonyBrookWLAX records for most goals and points in a freshman debut vs. Bucknell. #Seawolves #Shesafreshman
Movin' on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves are currently 12th in the coaches poll and 14th in the Brine Media Poll.
Freshmen combined for 62 percent (16 of 26) of Stony Brook's points against Bucknell. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy's seven goals tied former America East Players of the Year Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio for the second-most goals in Stony Brook single-game history. For her efforts, she picked up WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week honors. Rookie midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli turned heads as well, recording five points and three points, respectively. Freshmen Samantha Jaffe, Elizabeth Pellechi and Kaitlin Leahy also saw their first collegiate action.
The nation's leader in goals-against average and save percentage last season, goalie Frankie Caridi returns to the field for her senior season. Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She anchored a Stony Brook defense that set a Division I record for goals-against average (5.65). She was fantastic in the Seawolves' opener, stopping nine shots and allowing an all-time program-low one goal.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is the Seawolves' leading returner in goals (34), draw controls (57) and points (46). She enters her third year as a starter already fourth on Stony Brook's all-time draw control ledger with 151 career draws. She recorded a hat trick and an assist against Bucknell.
Junior midfielder Amber Kupres was fourth on the team with 31 goals and netted a hat trick in the Seawolves' win over Towson in the NCAA Tournament. Kupres scooped up 41 ground balls last year, the ninth-most in Stony Brook single-season history.
Kiss the Ring
Stony Brook reached incredible heights in 2013. The Seawolves won their first America East title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Towson, 8-6, in the first round. They cracked the top 10 in both major polls for the first time in program history, rising to as high as seventh in the media poll. Former star and current volunteer assistant coach Demmianne Cook led the nation in goals (90) and goals per game (4.5) and became Stony Brook's first Tewaaraton nominee and second All-American, while senior goalie Frankie Caridi topped Division I in goals-against average (5.71) and save percentage (.530). Caridi anchored a scoring defense that broke a Division I record for goals-against average (5.65).
2014 Stony Brook Women's Lacrosse National Honors
WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week.............Courtney Murphy (2/17/14)
2014 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Guess Who's Back?
The Seawolves return 17 starters and seven letterwinners from last year's squad. ILWomen Preseason All-American goalie Frankie Caridi picked up her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor after shattering the America East record for goals-against average (5.71). Joining Caridi in the backfield will be sophomore lockdown defenders Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz. Fleming made 19 starts and picked up America East All-Rookie and second team all-conference accolades. The Seawolves welcome back three of their top five goal scorers in junior midfielder Michelle Rubino (34 goals), junior midfielder Amber Kupres (31 goals) and senior midfielder Emily Mercier (28 goals).
Stony Brook women's lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina has brought in a class of 15 newcomers, including 14 freshmen, for the 2014 season. The accomplished group features six student-athletes who have previously been named All-Americans, five selections to ESPN's Watch List and multiple state champions and team captains. Graduate student and midfielder Jenna Davis is the lone transfer. The former Princeton starter and Division Avenue High School star will use her fifth year of eligibility after leading the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013.
Name (Class, Height, Position) Hometown/Previous School
Jessica Volpe (Fr., 5-5, D) Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named to ILWomen.com's preseason All-American third team.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Frankie Caridi, Emily Mercier and Jessica Romano and juniors Amber Kupres and Michelle Rubino have been selected as the captains for the 2014 season. Romano is a three-year captain, while Caridi, Mercier, Kupres and Rubino enter their first year in the position.
All He Does is Win
The architect of Stony Brook's meteoric rise to national prominence, Joe Spallina returns for his third season as head coach. Under his direction, the Seawolves ran the table in league play, won their first America East championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Their 8-6 triumph over Towson in the NCAA First Round was their school-record 17th victory of the season. SBU remained in the national rankings in both major polls all season and cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.
In his first season in 2012, the Seawolves completed the biggest turnaround in the NCAA and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in program history when they downed No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins on March 3. They attained their first-ever national ranking the next week: No. 19 in the deBeer Media Poll.
He came to Stony Brook after a successful run as head coach at Adelphi, a Division II institution, where he produced a dominant 73-2 mark and an NCAA-record three consecutive national crowns.
Spallina also coaches the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and was named Coach of the Year in 2012.
Stony Brook clashes with No. 15/15 Notre Dame Saturday at 8 p.m. in South Bend.