Rivals meet when No. 15/15t #Seawolves visit No. 18/17 Albany Saturday
April 11, 2014
Albany, N.Y. – The No. 15/15t Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team squares off with No. 18/17 Albany in a rematch of the last two America East title games Saturday at noon. A win will give Joe Spallina a program-record 43 wins for his career and clinch a playoff spot with losses by UMBC (vs. Vermont) and Binghamton (at New Hampshire).
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (11-2, 2-0 America East) is coming off an 11-9 come-from-behind win at Yale Wednesday. The Seawolves trailed, 9-6, with 20 minutes on the clock but closed the game on a 5-0 run with three of those goals coming from junior midfielder Michelle Rubino. Emily Mercier netted the game-winning goal on a free position shot at the 10:42 mark. Rubino finished with five goals, while Alyssa Cardillo and Kristin Yevoli scored twice each. Stony Brook won all four of the final draw controls, and freshman Dorrien Van Dyke finished with a game-high five draws.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany (10-1, 2-0) took down Vermont, 15-7, last week in Burlington, Vt. The Great Danes are averaging 15.73 goals per game and surrendering 6.91. Senior goalie Anna Berman has started all 11 games and holds a goals-against average of 6.65 and save percentage of .493.
The series is even at 7-all. The Seawolves won both meetings last year, including a 14-3 victory in the America East finals. Albany last beat Stony Brook May 5, 2012 for the conference championship.
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Movin’ on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves held firm at No. 15 in both major polls this week and have been nationally ranked 23 consecutive times.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She leads the country in goals-against average (4.73) and save percentage (.571) and is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in Division I (4.92). Caridi 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.
She’s a Freshman
Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke entered the week first among freshmen nationally in goals (39) and second in goals per game (3). She leads the team with 49 points. Attacker Courtney Murphy is second on the Seawolves and among freshmen nationally in goals (38) and third on the team in points (42). Van Dyke and Murphy are approaching Kaitlin Leggio’s single-season freshman record of 46 goals. Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli has a team-high 33 draw controls, and freshman Alyssa Guido scooped up nine ground balls at Iona, the second-most in single-game program history.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is second on the team in points (48) and assists (19). She is third on the team in goals (29) and scored three of her team-high five goals in the second half of a comeback win at Yale Wednesday. She sits third in school history in career draws (175) and eighth in goals (94), assists (42) and points (136).
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 22 goals, 21 ground balls and 14 caused turnovers 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 has posted hat tricks in each of Stony Brook’s first two conference games and has tallied a multi-goal effort in six of the last eight contests.
The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They are leading the nation in scoring defense at 4.92 goals allowed per game and have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 12 of 13 games. Stony Brook has kept opponents to three goals or fewer five times this season and to five goals or fewer eight times.
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………….Dorrien Van Dyke (2/24/14)
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 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.
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.
The Seawolves host New Hampshire on Senior Day Saturday, April 19 at 1 p.m.