No. 15/15 #Seawolves, Jacksonville to play under Friday night lights

The anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in the land, Caridi is leading the nation in GAA and save percentage

April 3, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y.  – The No. 15/15 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will put its five-game winning streak on the line when it hosts fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifier Jacksonville Friday night at LaValle Stadium.

Last Time Out

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Stony Brook (8-2) used stifling defense and a balanced attack to open America East play with a 12-1 win over UMBC Saturday at LaValle Stadium. The one goal allowed by the Seawolves was the fewest in a conference game in program history and tied for the second fewest ever. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi stopped three of the four shots she faced, and midfielders Amber Kupres, Kristin Yevoli and Dorrien Van Dyke netted hat tricks. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo tallied a game-high five points on one goal and four helpers. 



Scouting the Dolphins

Jacksonville, the defending Atlantic Sun champion, improved to 7-4 with a 19-11 win over Winthrop last weekend. Taylor McCord has a team-high 39 points and 18 assists. Morgan Derner leads the team in goals with 24. Goalie Asia Moore holds a goals-against average of 12.34.

Series History

This is the first meeting between the two teams. 


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Movin’ on Up

Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves moved back into the top 15, earning the No. 15 spot in both major polls this week, and have been nationally ranked for 22 consecutive weeks. 


Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named a 2014 Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She leads the country in goals-against average (4.89) and save percentage (.567) and is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in Division I (5.00). 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. ILWomen and Lacrosse Magazine named Caridi a first-team Midseason All-American.

She’s a Freshman

Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is tops among freshmen nationally and first on the team in goals (35) and goals per game (3.5). She leads the team in points with 45. Attacker Courtney Murphy is second in goals (27) and third in points (30). Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 31 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 percent (83 of 136) 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 second on the team in assists (14) and points (34) and is third in goals (20). She is third in school history in career draw controls (167) and 10th in goals (85), assists (37) and points (122). The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native was selected third-team Midseason All-America by ILWomen.


A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 17 goals and 17 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. Kupres posted a hat trick vs. UMBC March 29.


The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They lead the country in scoring defense at 5.00 goals allowed per game.

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). 

Envelope, Please…
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi picked up her fourth America East Defensive Player of the Week honor after stopping three of the four shots she faced vs. UMBC. Caridi grabbed four Defensive Player of the Week awards last season.  

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
Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (3/31/14)

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 recorded 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

Stony Brook continues America East action at Binghamton Sunday at noon.