Three Seawolves nab Synapse honors, Spallina named Coach of the Year
May 14, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After leading the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a storybook season in 2013, head coach Joe Spallina has been named Synapse Division I National Coach of the Year. Senior midfielder Demmianne Cook and junior goalie Frankie Caridi earned third team All-American accolades, while freshman defender Alyssa Fleming has been placed on the All-Rookie squad.
Spallina's team reached incredible heights this season, earning its first-ever top 10 national ranking in both major polls and being listed as high as No. 7 in the deBeer Media Poll. He marshaled the Seawolves to their first conference title, unblemished conference record and NCAA Tournament appearance and win. SBU's 17 victories were the most-ever for the program that won four games in 2011, the year before Spallina took the helm, and the squad currently leads the nation in scoring defense (5.65) and margin (9.25).
A first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection, Cook became Stony Brook's first Tewaaraton nominee and currently paces the country in goals and goals per game with 90 and 4.5, respectively. The 90 goals she tallied broke her own single-season school record of 68, which she set last year. Cook reached seven goals on five occasions and surpassed a tournament record when she scored seven times in the conference semifinals against Vermont. The dynamic, two-way player ranks in the top 15 nationally in draw controls per game (4.8) and led the squad in points (96), ground balls (42) and caused turnovers (28).
Cook, a two-time first-team all-conference honoree and the 2013 America East Player of the Year, broke the single-season school record for draw controls with 96. Despite only playing two seasons at SBU, she leaves as the program's all-time leading goal scorer with 158 career tallies.
Caridi, a first-team all-conference selection for the second consecutive season, anchored SBU's top-ranked scoring defense that was the only unit in the country to allow fewer than six goals per game on average. She sits atop the national rankings and set a conference record for goals against average, surrendering a mere 5.71 per contest. Caridi also leads the country in save percentage at a .530 clip and made seven stops in both NCAA Tournament contests.
Fleming, who was named to both the America East second team and All-Rookie squad, enjoyed a fantastic freshman campaign, starting all 19 games she played in at defense and helping the Seawolves hold opponents to single-digits in goals in 17 contests. She finished second on the squad in caused turnovers with 17 while also picking up 29 ground balls.