No. 20 #Seawolves, No. 19/19 Albany clash in America East Finals for third consecutive year
May 3, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The No. 20 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team looks to defend its America East title when it squares off with No. 19/19 Albany Sunday at LaValle Stadium. First draw is set for noon on ESPN3. The #Seawolves are making their third title game appearance in three years under head coach Joe Spallina.
Last Time Out
Powered by six goals from freshman attacker Courtney Murphy, Stony Brook (15-3) beat New Hampshire, 13-5, in the America East Semifinals Friday at LaValle Stadium. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made six saves as Stony Brook (15-3) held an opponent to five goals or fewer for the 12th time in 18 games. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke scored two goals apiece. A Joe Spallina timeout with the Seawolves trailing, 1-0, at 13:45 of the first half prompted a 3-0 run over 2:10 that put them in front for good.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany (14-2) made the championship by way of a 12-8 win over Vermont Friday night. Attacker Rachel Bowles leads the team with 44 goals and 68 points, and goalie Anna Berman has made 87 stops.
Stony Brook holds an 8-7 lead in the all-time series and beat Albany, 8-4, April 12 at John Fallon Field. The teams have met in each of the last two finals. Albany edged Stony Brook, 9-7, in 2012, and the Seawolves claimed a 14-3 win last season for their first conference crown.
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1. .@StonyBrookWLAX beat Albany, 8-4, on the road April 12.
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves are currently 20th in the Brine Media Poll and receiving votes in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. They have been ranked in at least one major national poll 29 times under Joe Spallina.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is one of three goalies nominated for the prestigious Tewaaraton Award. The America East Defensive Player of the Year 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 was 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).
Attacker Courtney Murphy leads freshmen nationally in goals with a school freshman-record 54 tallies and is second in goals per game (3). Attacker Dorrien Van Dyke is third among freshmen nationally in goals (47) and owns the single-season mark for points by an SBU freshman (62). Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli is first in draw controls (42), and attacker Alyssa Guido scooped up nine ground balls at Iona, the second-most in single-game program history.
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.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is three draw controls shy of tying Kaitlin Leggio’s career record of 192. She is third on the team in points (56) and assists (22) and third in goals (34). She paces SBU in caused turnovers with 27 and is tied for first in draw controls with 39.
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 27 goals, 29 ground balls and 17 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 scored at least one goal in every conference game this season, including hat tricks against UMBC, Vermont 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 and have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 17 of 18 games. Stony Brook has kept opponents to three goals or fewer five times this season and to five goals or fewer 12 times.
Stony Brook captured 12 America East weekly honors and picked up at least one in all but two weeks of the season. Frankie Caridi was named Defensive Player of the Week a conference-record six times and received ECAC Defensive Player of the Week accolades April 21. Freshmen attackers Dorrien Van Dyke and Courtney Murphy each won WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week once.
2014 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse National Honors
WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week………….Dorrien Van Dyke (3/24/14)
2014 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse Regional Honors
ECAC Defensive Player of the Week…..…….…….Frankie Caridi (4/21/14)
2014 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Rookie of the Week………………………...…....Dorrien Van Dyke (4/21/14)
Caridi Nominated for Tewaaraton
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi is one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award. 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 (4.77) by more than one goal allowed per game and is tops in save percentage at .565. 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 4.97 goals allowed per game.
Caridi, Rubino Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino were named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday, Feb. 27 at a reception in New York City. The list included the nation’s elite women’s lacrosse players and highlighted the early contenders for the prestigious award.
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.
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. Classmates Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli turned heads as well, recording five points and three points, respectively.
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.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Frankie Caridi and Jessica Romano and juniors Sarah Ehrman, Amber Kupres and Michelle Rubino have been selected as the captains for the 2014 season. Romano is a three-year captain, while Caridi, Ehrman, Kupres and Rubino enter their first year in the position.
The winner receives the conference’s automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. The Seawolves would hope for an at-large bid with a loss.