No. 15t/13 #Seawolves look to rebound at Drexel Wednesday
Feb. 25, 2014
Philadelphia, Pa. - The No. 15t/13 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will try to bounce back from a close call at then-No. 15/15 Notre Dame when it visits Drexel Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (2-1) rallied from a 7-2 second-half deficit to pull to within one, but Notre Dame prevailed, 8-7, Saturday at Loftus Sports Center. Freshmen combined for five of the Seawolves' seven goals, with midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke netting a hat trick and attacker Courtney Murphy striking twice. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo tallied three points on one goal and two helpers, and classmate and goalie Frankie Caridi made a career-high 11 stops. Stony Brook did not allow a goal over the final 20:55 as it rattled off three unanswered scores to get within 8-7 on a free position by Cardillo. Notre Dame won the ensuing draw and stalled to preserve the win.
Scouting the Dragons
Drexel, a member of the CAA, sits at 2-0 on the season with wins over George Washington and Saint Joseph's. Kelly Palace paces the Dragons offensively with seven points, all goals. Teresha Bradley has played all 120 minutes in goal and has a goal-against average of 6.00 and save percentage of .571.
This is the first meeting between the two squads. The Seawolves last played a CAA team in the first round of the NCAA Tournament May 10, when they took down Towson, 8-6, for their first postseason win in program history.
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Movin' on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves climbed from 14th to 13th in the Brine Media Poll and are tied for 15th in the coaches poll.
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). Caridi was in net for the Seawolves' first-ever shutout, a 13-0 rout of Monmouth Feb. 19, and made a career-high 11 stops at Notre Dame Feb. 22. She is currently second nationally in save percentage (.700) and fifth in GAA (3.04).
She's a Freshman
A trio of freshmen are already making headlines for Stony Brook in attacker Courtney Murphy and midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli. Muprhy and Van Dyke are tied for second on the team with 10 points apiece, and Van Dyke holds the lead in goals with 10. Yevoli has controlled a Seawolves-best 13 draws and has paced the squad in draw controls in each game. Rookies have accounted 65.8 percent (25 of 38) of Stony Brook's goals this season.
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 154 career draws. She recorded a hat trick and an assist against Bucknell and a game-high seven points on four goals and three helpers against Monmouth. The Port Jefferson, N.Y., product is one point shy of reaching 100 points for her career (72 goals, 27 assists) and currently leads the team with 11 points.
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. She recorded two goals, three ground balls and three caused turnovers in a balanced effort against Monmouth.
The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They lead the country in scoring defense at 3.0 points per game.
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.
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.
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.
The Seawolves play their third 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier in four games when they host No. 7/5 Florida Saturday at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium in the first game of a doubleheader with the men. Admission to the women's game is free.