No. 17/16 #Seawolves begin conference action vs. UMBC Saturday at LaValle

Maegan Meritz has started all nine games for the third-ranked scoring defense in the country

March 28, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. – The defending America East champion No. 17/16 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team begins conference action when it welcomes UMBC to LaValle Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Powered by a freshman-record nine points from midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke, Stony Brook (7-2) rolled to a 19-6 win over Siena Saturday, March 22 at LaValle Stadium. Van Dyke’s points came on five goals and four assists and tied multiple former Seawolves for fifth on Stony Brook’s single-game ledger. She added a team-high four draw controls to her impressive stat line. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy chimed in with five points on four goals and one assist, and classmate Alyssa Guido tallied two goals and two assists as freshmen accounted for 71.4 percent (20 of 28) of the Seawolves’ points.

Scouting the Retrievers

UMBC improved to 5-4 on the season with a 10-5 win over Wagner Tuesday afternoon. Abby Wilson leads the Retrievers in points and assists with 22 and 10 respectively. Kristen Bilney has scored a team-high 15 goals. Anna Barnett has seen the bulk of the time in net and owns an 8.86 goals-against average. 

Series History

Prior to Joe Spallina’s arrival, the Seawolves were 0-8 all-time against UMBC. They are 3-0 against the Retreivers with him at the helm, including a 15-9 win last year.


Below are notes in 140 characters or less about the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team. Feel free to share them with your followers, and be sure to follow @SBAthletics for all the news and notes on Stony Brook athletics. You can also follow the women's lacrosse team at @StonyBrookWLAX and head coach Joe Spallina at @JoeSpallina. Engage in the conversation using #Seawolves and #TheHunt.

1. .@StonyBrookWLAX is 3-0 vs. UMBC under @JoeSpallina #Seawolves #TheHunt
2. .@findingdoryx is 5th nationally in goals (32), 8th in goals per game (3.56) & leads freshmen in both #Shesafreshman #Seawolves
3. Frankie Caridi is 3rd in the country in GAA (5.37) & save % (.560) #CantPassCaridi #Seawolves
4. Kupres has tallied multi-goal efforts in 3 of the last 4 games #KeepItUpKupres #Seawolves 
5. The #Seawolves have held their 8 of their 1st 9 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. 16 in the Media Poll after spending last week at No. 17. They hold strong in the 17 spot in the IWLCA Poll.


Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named a 2014 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 third nationally in goals-against average (5.37) and save percentage (.560) and was named first-team Midseason All-America by ILWomen and Lacrosse Magazine.

She’s a Freshman

Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is tops among freshmen nationally and first on the team in goals (32) and goals per game (3.56). She leads the team in points with 42. Attacker Courtney Murphy is second in goals (26) and third in points (29). Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 27 draw controls, and freshman Alyssa Guido scooped up nine ground balls at Iona, the second-most in single-game program history. Rookies have tallied 61.3 percent (76 of 124) of the Seawolves’ goals this season. Van Dyke was a runner-up for Lacrosse Magazine’s Midseason Rookie of the Year watch, and Van Dyke and Murphy have both been on ILWomen’s Rookie of the Year radar all season.


Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is tied for first on the team in assists (13), second in points (33) and third in goals (20). She is third in school history in career draw controls (164) and 10th in goals (85), assists (36) and points (121).


A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 14 goals and 15 ground balls this season. She scored a career-high five goals to go along with one assist and a team-high four caused turnovers at Iona March 20.


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 eight of their first nine 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 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).

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Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke led the America East in most offensive categories on her way to America East and National Rookie of the Week honors. Van Dyke paced the league in points (17), points per game (8.5), goals (9), assists (8) and assists per game (4). She tallied nine points against Siena, a freshman record and the fifth-highest total in Stony Brook single-game history.

2014 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse National Honors Rookie of the Week………….Dorrien Van Dyke (3/24/14) Rookie of the Week………….Courtney Murphy (2/17/14)

2014 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Rookie of the Week……………………………………..Dorrien Van Dyke (3/24/14)

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’s preseason All-American second team. ILWomen and Lacrosse Magazine placed her on their Midseason All-America first teams, and Michelle Rubino was named to ILWomen’s Midseason All-America 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.

Century Mark

Stony Brook notched its 100th win in program history with a 16-5 win at Iona March 20. 37 of those wins came with Joe Spallina as head coach.

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 host 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Jacksonville Friday, April 4 at 5 p.m.