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Van Dyke posted eight points on four goals and four assists Thursday
 
Van Dyke posted eight points on four goals and four assists Thursday
 
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March 21, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - After winning the 100th game in program history Thursday, the No. 17/17 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team welcomes Siena to LaValle Stadium Saturday at 4 p.m. The #Seawolves are riding a three-game winning streak.

Meet the Seawolves!

The Seawolves will hold an autograph session immediately following the game. Frankie Caridi, Dorrien Van Dyke, Alyssa Cardillo, Maegan Meritz, Jessica Romano, Kristin Yevoli and Amber Kupres will sign autographs outside of Gate 2. 

Last Time Out

Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke recorded eight points, and junior midfielder Amber Kupres tallied a career-high five goals as Stony Brook (6-2) topped Iona, 16-5, Thursday afternoon. The win was the 100th in program history for the Seawolves. Kupres added one assist for six points, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino finished with three goals and three helpers. Freshman attacker Alyssa Guido picked up nine ground balls, the second-highest total in single-game school history. 

Scouting the Saints

Siena (2-6) most recently dropped a 16-11 decision to Binghamton. Sarah Croutier leads the Saints with 20 goals, seven assists and 27 points. Alyssa Treanor shares the team-high in helpers with seven and is second in points with 14. Samantha DePasquale is Siena’s primary netminder and has made 73 saves. 

Series History

Stony Brook leads the all-time series with Siena, 5-0, and downed the Saints, 18-5, last year in Albany, N.Y. 

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1. .@StonyBrookWLAX is 5-0 all-time vs. Siena #Seawolves
2. .@findingdoryx posted 8 pts. on 4 goals and 4 assists at Iona #Shesafreshman #Seawolves 
3. Kupres is coming off a career-high five-goal performance at Iona #KeepItUpKupres #Seawolves
4. Rubino is 3rd in @StonyBrookWLAX history in draws (161) & 10th in goals (83), assists (35) & points (118) #Seawolves #TheRubinoShow  
5. The #Seawolves have held their 7 of their 1st 8 opponents to under 10 goals #CantPassCaridi #DFENCE

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.

#ShesAFreshman

Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is second among freshmen nationally and first on the Seawolves with 27 goals this season. Attacker Courtney Murphy is second in goals (23) and third in points (24).  Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 24 draw controls. Rookies have tallied 61 percent (64 of 105) of the Seawolves’ goals this season.

#CantPassCaridi

Senior goalie Frankie 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 entered the week third nationally in goals-against average and save percentage. 

#TheRubinoShow

Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is third on Stony Brook’s all-time draw control ledger with 161 career draws. She is second on the team in points (30) and assists (12) and third in goals (18). For her career, Rubino ranks 10th in goals (83), points (118) and assists (35).  

#KeepItUpKupres

A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 11 goals and 15 ground balls this season. She tallied a career-high five goals at Iona Thursday to help the Seawolves to their 100th win in program history. 

DFENCE

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 seven of their first eight opponents to single-digit goals.

First Impressions

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).

Envelope, Please…
Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy was named America East Rookie of the Week for the second time after scoring eight goals against Central Connecticut March 13.  

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
Rookie of the Week……………………………………..Courtney Murphy (3/17/14)
Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (3/10/14)
Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (2/24/14)
Rookie of the Week……………………………………..Courtney Murphy (2/18/14)
Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (2/18/14)

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).

Fresh Faces

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.

Miss All-America

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.

Up Next

The Seawolves open conference action when they host UMBC Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. 

Stony Brook WLAX 100 wins