Sensational performances net Van Dyke America East Rookie of the Week honor
March 24, 2014
Cambridge, Mass. - Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke of the No. 17/16 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team led the conference in nearly every offensive category on her way to America East Rookie of the Week honors. The #Seawolves have claimed six weekly accolades and have garnered at least one in five of the first six weeks of the season.
Van Dyke topped the league in points (17), points per game (8.5), goals (9), assists (8) and assists per game (4) as SBU beat Iona and Siena by double-digit margins last week.
After putting up eight points on four goals and four assists at Iona Thursday, Van Dyke posted a school freshman-record with nine points on five goals and four helpers against Siena Saturday. The output tied her with multiple former players for fifth-most in single-game program history and most by a player other than former All-American Claire Petersen. She led the Seawolves in assists and points in both contests and added a team-high four draw controls in Saturday's 19-6 triumph over the Saints.
A Northport, N.Y., native, Van Dyke has put up astonishing numbers since stashing away five goals in her debut Feb. 15 against Bucknell. She entered the week second nationally in goals and goals per game and now has 42 points and 32 goals on the season. She needs six goals to move into the top 10 of the Stony Brook's single-season goals list.
The defending conference champions open America East play at home against UMBC Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is free, and the Seawolves will sign autographs after the game.
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
News and Notes
SBU moved up one spot to No. 16 in the Brine Media Poll...Stony Brook's win over Iona was the 100th in program history...the Seawolves are 38-10 in less than three years under Joe Spallina...junior midfielder Amber Kupres converted all seven of her shots into goals and scored a career-high five times at Iona...Kupres has recorded multi-goal efforts in three of the last four games...junior midfielder Michelle Rubino moved in third all-time in career draws (164), points (121), goals (85) and assists (36)...rookies accounted for 71.4 percent (20 of 28) of Stony Brook's points against Siena...freshman attacker Alyssa Guido's nine ground balls at Iona were the second-highest total in SBU single-game history...starting defenders Maegan Meritz, Alyssa Fleming Jessica Romano and Jenna Agostino combined for 18 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers over the two-game span...the Seawolves' defense has limited opponents to single-digit goals eight times in nine games...freshman goalie Kaitlyn Leahy recorded a career-high four saves against Siena...Spallina is four wins shy of tying Allison Comito's school record of 42 wins as head coach.