Caridi nominated for Tewaaraton
April 25, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Senior goalie Frankie Caridi of the No. 16/15 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has been named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday on ESPNU.
“I’m really excited for Frankie [Caridi],” head coach Joe Spallina said. “She is a relentless worker who plays the position at a world-class level. Her game is so complete. She is an incredible stopper and does so much for our defense.”
One of three goalies on the list, Caridi has established herself as arguably the top netminder in the county and is on the shortlist for first-team All-America honors. She leads the country in goals-against average (4.67) by more than one goal allowed per game and is tops in save percentage at .571. The East Northport, N.Y., native, who was tabbed an ILWomen Preseason All-American, has the Seawolves first in Division I in scoring defense at a staggering 4.81 goals allowed per game.
With Caridi between the pipes, Stony Brook has held opponents to single-digit goals in 15 of 16 games, to five goals or fewer 10 times and to three goals or fewer five times. She made a career-high 11 stops at Notre Dame Feb. 22 and Rutgers March 8 and has been named America East Defensive Player of the Week a conference-record six times. She was tabbed ECAC Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday for her seven-save performance in a 15-5 win over New Hampshire Saturday and is the clear frontrunner for the America East Defensive Player of the Year nod.
Caridi’s play has guided Stony Brook’s meteoric rise to national prominence over the last three seasons. The Seawolves have been nationally ranked in both major polls for 25 consecutive weeks and have appeared in at least one poll 27 times.
In 2013, she finished first nationally in goals-against average (5.71) and save percentage (.530) and anchored a defensive unit that broke a Division I record for scoring defense (5.65). Caridi made seven stops in SBU’s first NCAA Tournament win, an 8-6 triumph over Towson May 10. She was selected second-team All-Region and third-team Synapse All-America.
Caridi is the second Seawolf to be nominated for lacrosse’s version of the Heisman Trophy. Demmianne Cook made the cut last season.
First presented in 2001, the Tewaaraton Award is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award, annually honoring the top male and female college lacrosse player in the United States. Five men’s and five women’s finalists will be announced May 8 and invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony. The original men’s and women’s watch lists were announced Feb. 27, with additions made March 20 and April 10, and were ultimately comprised of 66 men’s players and 58 women’s players. The selection committees are comprised of 11 men’s and 11 women’s current and former coaches.
Stony Brook (14-2, 4-0 America East) concludes the regular season at Vermont Saturday at 11 a.m. and will host the America East Championship for the second straight year as the top seed May 2 and 4 at LaValle Stadium.