No. 18/19 #Seawolves home to face CCSU Thursday
March 12, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 18/19 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will look to win its second straight game when it hosts Central Connecticut Thursday at 7 p.m.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (4-2) bounced back from a disappointing loss to Florida in a big way, routing Rutgers, 14-4, on the road Saturday. Senior midfielder Emily Mercier led Stony Brook with four points on two goals and two assists, and senior goalie Frankie Caridi matched a career-high 11 saves. The freshman class continued to shine for the Seawolves, with midfielder Kristin Yevoli posting game highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers to go along with two goals and two draw controls. Classmates Dorrien Van Dyke (3 goals), Courtney Murphy (2 goals) and Alyssa Guido (1 goal) chimed in as well.
Scouting the Blue Devils
Central Connecticut (2-2) most recently edged Sienna, 12-10, on the road. Amanda Toke, Falynn McCartney and Claire Healy lead the Blue Devils with eight goals apiece, and Toke has a team-high 12 points and four helpers. Morgan Tullar has played every minute in net this season and has posted a GAA of 12.75 and save percentage of .346.
The Seawolves are 4-0 all-time against the Blue Devils, including a 19-3 win last season.
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1. .@StonyBrookWLAX is 4-0 all-time vs. CCSU #Seawolves
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves are currently 18th in the coaches poll and 19th in the media poll.
Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is second among freshman nationally and first on the Seawolves with 19 goals this season. Attacker Courtney Murphy is third in goals (13) and points (15). Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 19 draw controls. Rookies have tallied 59.4 percent (41 of 69) of the Seawolves' goals this season.
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. Van Dyke has a team-high 17 points and 16 goals and is tied for first among freshmen nationally in goals. Murphy is second in goals (11) and fourth in points (13), and Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 17 draw controls. Rookies have tallied 60 percent (33 of 55) of the Seawolves' goals this season.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino moved into a tie with Seawolves All-American and current assistant coach Demmianne Cook for third on Stony Brook's all-time draw control ledger with 157 career draws. She is second on the team in points (19) and goals (14).
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded six goals and seven ground balls this season. She struck twice in the Seawolves' win over Rutgers March 8.
The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They entered the week third in the country in scoring defense at 5.57 goals 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.
Caridi, Rubino Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino of were named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday, Feb. 27 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.
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 at Iona Thursday, March 20 at 3 p.m.