Perfection, outright title on the line for No. 16/15 #Seawolves at Vermont
April 25, 2014
Burlington, Vt. – Having already clinched the top seed and home field advantage for the America East Championship May 2 and 4, the No. 16/15 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team can claim its second consecutive outright America East regular-season championship and perfect conference mark at Vermont Saturday. First draw is set for 11 a.m. at Virtue Field. A win would be the 12th in a row for the #Seawolves and tie last year’s program-record 12-game winning streak.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (14-2, 4-0 America East) extended its unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive games in an 8-4 victory over Delaware Tuesday. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi continued to be a rock in net, making seven saves and holding an opponent to single-digit goals for the 15th time in 16 games. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo tallied a hat trick and two assists, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino recorded one assists and game highs of five draws and four turnovers.
Scouting the Catamounts
Vermont (11-5, 2-2) is fourth in the nation at 15.13 goals per game. Sydney Mas leads the Catamounts with 57 goals and 66 points. Jessica Roach has dished out a team-best 23 helpers. UVM gives up an average of 9.50 goals per game.
Stony Brook leads the all-time series, 8-4, and has won the last three games. The two teams met up in the America East Semifinals in 2013, an 18-4 win for the Seawolves.
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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. 15 in the IWLCA Poll and sit 16th in the Brine Media Poll. They have been nationally ranked in both major polls for 24 straight 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 and save percentage and is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in Division I. 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 has been named America East Defensive Player of the Week six times, a conference record for Defensive Player of the Week nods and tied for the most weekly honors in AE history with Boston University’s Jenny Hauser (Rookie of the Week six times, 2005).
She’s a Freshman
Attacker Courtney Murphy leads freshmen nationally in goals and is second in goals per game. She holds the single-season freshman mark for goals. Attacker Dorrien Van Dyke is tied for third among freshmen in goals per game, third in goals, second in points per game and second in points (57). Van Dyke’s 58 points are a school freshmen record and pace the team. Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli has a team-high 37 draw controls, and attacker 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 (53) and assists (21) and third in goals (32). She leads the team in caused turnovers with 27 and is second in draw controls with 34. Rubino sits second in school history with 180 career draw controls.
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 24 goals, 29 ground balls and 16 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 scored at least one goal in every conference game this season, including hat tricks against UMBC and Binghamton.
The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They entered the week first in scoring defense at 4.87 goals allowed per game and have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 15 of 16 games. Stony Brook has kept opponents to three goals or fewer five times this season and to five goals or fewer 11 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
2014 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse Regional Honors
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 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 America East Championship goes through Stony Brook, beginning with the semifinals May 2. Time and teams are TBD.