No. 20/18 #Seawolves earn IWLCA Academic Honor Squad distinction
Aug. 11, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The No. 20/18 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has been honored for its academic excellence with IWLCA Academic Honor Squad accolades. The #Seawolves posted a 3.14 team grade-point average while remaining in at least one major national poll all season and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2014.
Teams with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for the award. The IWLCA honored 84 Division I schools and 254 schools overall.
With nearly 60 percent of its goal scoring from 2013 lost to graduation, third-year head coach Joe Spallina still led Stony Brook to one of its finest seasons in school history in 2014. The Seawolves tied the 2013 team’s program record of 17 wins, including a 7-1 victory over Albany in the America East championship game May 4 at LaValle Stadium. They held opponents to single-digit scoring in 19 of 21 games and set a national mark for scoring defense at 5.33 goals allowed per contest.
Stony Brook picked up a league-high 16 all-conference awards, including Defensive Player of the Year for goalie Frankie Caridi and Rookie of the Year for attacker/midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke. Defenders Marina Mestres and Jessica Romano were honored for their work on the field and in the classroom with All-Academic nods.
Caridi, who led the nation in goals-against average (5.17) and save percentage (.542) for the second straight season, was the only netminder in the country to be named an IWLCA All-American and Tewaaraton semifinalist. Lacrosse Magazine and ILWomen.com tabbed her Goalie of the Year. Midfielder Michelle Rubino and defender Alyssa Fleming joined her on the IWLCA All-Region Teams.