No. 17/14 #Seawolves look to lock up AE Championship hosting rights on Senior Day vs. UNH
April 18, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 17/14 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will look to secure hosting rights for the America East Championship and at least a share of the regular season title Saturday against New Hampshire.
The Seawolves will honor seniors Alyssa Cardillo, Frankie Caridi, Emily Mercier and Jessica Romano in a pregame ceremony. The quartet has played a major role in Stony Brook's meteoric rise to national prominence over the last three seasons, including winning the program's first conference championship and NCAA Tournament game last season.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (12-2, 3-0 America East) led the entire way in an 8-4 victory over archrival and then-No. 18/17 Albany Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field. With the win, the #Seawolves seized control of sole possession of first place in the America East standings and earned head coach Joe Spallina his program-record 43rd win. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy recorded a hattrick, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino finished with two goals and one assist.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire (7-7, 2-1) is riding a two-game winning streak and most recently claimed an 18-5 victory at Binghamton Saturday, April 12. Laura McHoul paces the Wildcats in assists (28) and points (48), while Laura Puccia has scored a team-high 36 goals. Goalie Taylor Hurwitz has a GAA of 9.86 and save percentage of .473.
New Hampshire owns a 7-4 advantage in the all-time series but the Seawolves have won the last two meetings.
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Movin' on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves moved up to No. 14 in the Brine Media Poll and are 17th in the IWLCA Poll. They have been nationally ranked in both major polls for 24 consecutive weeks.
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 (4.67) and save percentage (.567) and is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in Division I (4.86). 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.
Em's a Gem
Senior Emily Mercier currently has 44 goals in her three-year career. She struck three times in the 2013 America East Championship against Albany.
She's a Freshman
Attacker Courtney Murphy leads freshmen nationally in goals (41), and midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is fourth among Division I freshmen in points (50) and is second on the team in goals (39). 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 35 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 tied for first on the team in assists (20) and is second in points (51). She is third on the team in goals (31) and scored three of her team-high five goals in the second half of a comeback win at Yale April 9. She sits third in school history in career draws (176) and is tied for sixth in goals (96) and eighth in assists (43). Her 139 points are the ninth-most in school history.
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. She has scored at least one goal in every conference game this season, including hattricks against UMBC and Binghamton.
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 4.86 goals allowed per game and have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 13 of 14 games. Stony Brook has kept opponents to three goals or fewer five times this season and to five goals or fewer nine 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.
Stony Brook plays its non-conference finale at Delaware April 22.