Spallina announces addition of Jenna Davis
Aug 27, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – Former Division Avenue standout and Princeton starting midfielder Jenna Davis has enrolled in Stony Brook as a master’s student and will join the women’s lacrosse team for the 2014 season, head coach Joe Spallina announced. She played in all 17 games and made 16 starts for the Tigers in 2013.
Davis, who will have one year of eligibility remaining, adds to an already stacked midfield line that features a pair of returning 30-plus goal scorers in Michelle Rubino and Amber Kupres as well as Emily Mercier, who put in 28 goals last year.
“Adding a player with the experience and ability of Jenna Davis is tremendous for our program,” Spallina, the Synapse Div. I Coach of the Year, said. “She is someone who has played at a high level and will make an instant impact. I recruited her out of high school, so she is someone we know very well. I could not be happier.”
The Levittown, N.Y., product helped Princeton secure an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament last season after sitting out most of her junior year with an injury. A 5-8 midfielder, Davis made her mark on the defensive end, finishing third on the squad in draw controls with 19 to go along with 13 ground balls and eight caused turnovers. As a freshman, she netted seven goals, scooped up six ground balls and saw time in all 16 games.
Davis also enjoyed a stellar high school career as a five-year member of the Division Avenue varsity team, where she poured in 353 goals and dished out 157 assists. Her senior season was arguably her finest, as she posted 94 goals and 39 assists on her way to Newsday first-team All-Long Island honors. That year, Davis, a two-time honorable mention All-American, also captured the Citibank/News 12 Scholar-Athlete Award. She led the Blue Dragons to two conference championships and was named all-county in four of her five seasons.
She joins a Seawolves team coming off its best campaign in program history in 2013 that featured a slew of firsts, including a win in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, a top-10 national ranking, a Tewaaraton nominee in Demmianne Cook and a conference title. The squad set a Div. I record for scoring defense with a goals against average (GAA) of 5.65. SB returns much of its starting defense including its anchor, goalie Frankie Caridi, the 2013 Div. I GAA and save percentage champion.
Davis earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton in May.