No. 17/17 #Seawolves vie for 100th win in program history at Iona Thursday
March 19, 2014
New Rochelle, N.Y. – The No. 17/17 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team can win its 100th game in program history at Iona Thursday. The #Seawolves are coming off back-to-back victories over Rutgers and Central Connecticut.
Last Time Out
Freshmen scored 16 of Stony Brook’s 20 goals as the Seawolves improved to 5-2 on the season with a 20-5 win over CCSU Thursday. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy scored eight goals on 10 shots, the second-highest output in single-game program history. Freshman attacker Alyssa Guido tallied six points on three goals and three assists, and midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke (four goals, one assist) and Kristin Yevoli (one goal, four assists) recorded five points apiece. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino finished with one goal, four assists, four ground balls and two draw controls.
Scouting the Gaels
Iona (0-5) is searching for its first win of the year after falling at Cincinnati, 14-5, Sunday. Erin Pugh paces the Gaels with eight points and seven goals. Maria Ortiz has carried the majority of the load in net and owns a GAA of 13.53 and save percentage of .400. Iona has played one other America East squad this season, a 12-3 home loss to New Hampshire.
The Seawolves are 2-0 all-time against Iona, including a 21-3 rout last season.
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Movin’ on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves moved up to No. 17 in both polls Monday after coming in at No. 18 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 19 in the Brine Media Poll last week.
Senior goalie Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She was in net for Stony Brook’s first-ever shutout, a 13-0 win over Monmouth Feb. 19, and made a career-high 11 saves at Notre Dame Feb. 22 and Rutgers March 8. Caridi is second nationally in goals-against average (5.45) and save percentage (.568).
She’s a Freshman
Three 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 25 points and 23 goals and is second among freshmen nationally in goals and goals per game (3.29). Murphy is second on the team in goals (21) and third in points (23), and Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 21 draw controls. Rookies have tallied 64 percent (57 of 89) of the Seawolves’ goals this season.
In her third year as a starter, junior midfielder Michelle Rubino sits third in school history in career draw controls (159) and 10th in points (112) and goals (80). She is second on the team in points (24) and assists (9) and third in goals (15).
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded seven goals and 10 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 5.43 goals per game and have held six of their first seven opponents to single-digit goals.
Freshmen combined for 62 percent (16 of 26) of Stony Brook’s points against Bucknell. Attacker Courtney Murphy tallied seven goals, the most for a Seawolf freshman in a debut. For her efforts, she picked up WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week honors. 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 return to LaValle for a game against Siena Saturday at 4 p.m.