Spallina to coach in Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game
June 10, 2014
BOSTON – Joe Spallina, head coach of Stony Brook women’s lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse’s New York Lizards, will serve as an assistant coach to Chesapeake Bayhawks head coach David Cottle during the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game. Opening draw is scheduled for June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Harvard Stadium.
The MLL All Stars will compete against Team USA. Former Stony Brook men’s lacrosse player Kevin Crowley was one of 24 players named to the MLL roster.
The architect of the Seawolves’ meteoric rise to national prominence, Spallina has delivered back-to-back America East championships and NCAA Tournament wins, both firsts for a program which won four games the season before his hiring in 2011. The winningest coach in program history after only three seasons, he has produced a dominant 48-12 mark at Stony Brook and is 15-2 in America East play.
He guided a stifling Seawolves defense that posted an NCAA-record 5.65 goals-against average in 2013, a number the unit topped in 2014 at 5.33 goals allowed per game.
Spallina has mentored three IWLCA All-Americans and two Tewaaraton semifinalists, and SBU has been nationally ranked in at least one major poll 31 times.
He will bring back 90.8 percent of his goal scoring from the 2014 season next year.