Taylor Ranftle transfers to Stony Brook from Virginia
Aug. 27, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior attacker Taylor Ranftle is coming home to Long Island. The former Hauppauge High School star has transferred to Stony Brook from the University of Virginia and will play for the #Seawolves women's lacrosse team in 2015, Joe Spallina announced Wednesday.
Tabbed the No. 14 overall player and No. 4 attacker in the country in 2012 by ESPNHS, Ranftle adds to a stacked SBU offense that returns 90.8 percent of its goal scoring from a season ago.
"Taylor [Ranftle] is an incredible talent who is extremely motivated," Spallina said. "She was a top recruit in the country coming out of high school and is someone who will elevate our attack to new heights in 2014-15. When we are able to add a talent like this to our returning group of players and recruits, it really helps raise expectations."
Ranftle tallied five goals for the Cavaliers as a freshman in 2013, including one in UVA's win over Penn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. She saw action in two games last season.
Ranftle produced a stellar, decorated five-year career at Hauppauge High School, where she totaled an astounding 396 points (240 goals, 156 assists). As a senior, she was the top player on Long Island in helpers and third in points. A two-time US Lacrosse and Under Armour High School All-American, Ranftle was the first girl from New York to ever win the Heather Leigh Albert Award for the National Schoolgirl Lacrosse Tournament in 2011. She was named to the 2012 All-Metro Tri-State first team and All-Long Island first team.
Ranftle also played soccer for a year and ran cross country for two seasons.
She is joining a Stony Brook team coming off its second consecutive program-record 17-win season, which included a second straight America East title and NCAA Tournament first-round win. The Seawolves were ranked in at least one major national poll all season and ended the year at No. 20 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 18 in the Brine Media Poll.
Stony Brook racked 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 Dorrien Van Dyke. SBU placed four players on the America East All-Rookie Team (Van Dyke, Courtney Murphy, Kristin Yevoli and Alyssa Guido), the most in the conference. Van Dyke led freshmen nationally with 68 points, while Murphy paced Division I freshmen with 61 goals. Both were named to ILWomen.com's All-Rookie Team.