Caridi, Rubino named to Tewaaraton watch list
Feb. 27, 2014
New York – Senior goalie Frankie Caridi and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino of the No. 15t/13 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team have been named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday evening at a reception in New York City. The list includes 50 of the nation’s elite women’s lacrosse players and highlights the early contenders for the prestigious award.
In their three years at Stony Brook, Caridi and Rubino have established themselves as two of the top players in the country, spearheading the program’s meteoric rise to national prominence in the process.
Caridi, a 2014 ILWomen Preseason All-American and 2013 All-Mid-Atlantic honoree, entered the week in the top five nationally in goals-against average (3.82) and save percentage (.651). The East Northport, N.Y., product serves as the netminder for the top scoring defense in Division I at 3.75 goals per game and has been named America East Defensive Player of the Week twice already this season. A great stopper with an immaculate outlet pass, she has held each of Stony Brook’s first four opponents to fewer than 10 goals, including the program’s first-ever shutout, a 13-0 win over Monmouth Feb. 19.
Last season, Caridi led the country in save percentage (.530) and GAA (5.71), the latter of which shattered a conference record. She anchored a defensive unit that broke a Division I record for fewest goals allowed per game at 5.65 on her way to her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor.
A spectacular athlete, Rubino is second on the team with 16 points and 11 goals. She leads the Seawolves with six caused turnovers and is already fourth in program history with 154 career draw controls. Rubino, who hails from Port Jefferson, N.Y., is coming off a well-balanced effort at Drexel, where she finished with four goals, four ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers in a 16-6 Stony Brook triumph. She exploded for seven points on four goals and three helpers against Monmouth, a 2013 NCAA qualifier.
A new guideline implemented for the 2014 season sets the initial men’s and women’s watch lists will at 50 players each. A cap has been placed on the number of players on the initial watch lists, as these players should represent the absolute best players in the country who have already proven themselves on the field.
There will be additions announced on March 20 and April 10. On April 24, the field will be narrowed to 25 men’s and 25 women’s nominees. Nominees can be players on the watch lists or players not on the watch lists, effectively allowing for a third round of additions for players who earn a spot onto the list of 25. Finalists will be announced on May 8 (five men and five women) and will be invited to the ceremony on May 29 in Washington.
All-American and current assistant coach Demmianne Cook became Stony Brook’s first-ever Tewaaraton nominee last season.
The Seawolves play host to No. 7/5 Florida in a battle of nationally ranked teams Saturday at LaValle Stadium. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.