Stony Brook Athletics celebrates at #Wolfies2014

Male Athlete of the Year Jameel Warney with Interim Director of Athletics Donna Woodruff
Male Athlete of the Year Jameel Warney with Interim Director of Athletics Donna Woodruff

May 11, 2014

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University's Department of Athletics held its annual Awards Ceremony - The Wolfies - Sunday evening at the Student Activities Center on campus with more than 450 people in attendance. Headlining the honorees were Stony Brook Athletes of the Year Frankie Caridi (East Northport, N.Y.) of the women's lacrosse team and Jameel Warney (Plainfield, N.J.) of the men's basketball team.



A Tewaaraton Award nominee and the America East Defensive Player of the Year, Caridi put up historic numbers in support of the nation's number one defense. She leads the nation in goals against average (5.17) and save percentage (.542) and has held opponents under 10 goals in all but two matches this season. She even held teams under five goals nine times, including pitching the program's first-ever shutout when Stony Brook blanked Monmouth, 13-0, early in the year. She saved her best for the America East Championship, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player after allowing only six goals in two matches, including just one in the title-clinching win over Albany.



The America East Player of the Year and just the fourth player in conference history to win the award one year after being crowned Rookie of the Year, Warney led Stony Brook and was top 10 in the conference in scoring (14.5 PPG), rebounding (8.0 RPG) and blocks (42). He was fifth in the nation in field goal percentage, shooting at a 61.6 percent clip. He also was named first-team All-Met, All-NABC District 1 and Associated Press All-America honorable mention. He was the only player in the nation to have a 30-point, 20-rebound game when he produced 32 and 21, respectively, in a win at Detroit.



Freshman Kyle Rowe (Vienna, Va.) of the men's lacrosse team was named Male Rookie of the Year after developing into one of the top face-off men in the country. He won the second-most face-offs of anyone in the country (248) and also ranked seventh in the nation in face-off winning percentage (.625), third in ground balls per game (10.0). He was named to the America East All-Rookie team.



Freshman Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.) of the women's lacrosse team was tabbed the Female Rookie of the Year after a historic first-year campaign that saw her set a program freshman record for points with 68, which also leads the nation. She also had a freshman single-game record nine points in a win over Siena. She was named the America East Rookie of the Year and was the only freshman to be named first-team All-America East.



Olivia Burne (North Palmerston, New Zealand) of the women's cross country and track & field teams and Sam Kimmey (Clifton Park, N.Y.) of the men's cross country and track & field teams were the recipients of the Stony Brook Senior Scholar-Athlete awards, given to the male and female student-athletes with the highest GPAs among the senior class. Burne has a 3.84 GPA and will graduate with a degree in Journalism. She is a three-time America East Scholar-Athlete and six-time member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll. Kimmey has a 3.88 GPA and will graduate with a degree in Biochemistry. He has been a seven-time member of the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll.



Davonte Anderson (Corona, Calif.) and Taylor Gillie (Fort Wayne, Ind.) were each named recipients of the Athletic Director's Award for their contributions to their teams and their representation of the five descriptive words that are the ideals Stony Brook Athletics - Commitment, Pride, Passion, Respect and Swagger. Kevin Courtney (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) of the baseball team and Allison Zelnick (Troy, Ohio) of the women's swimming & diving and volleyball teams were both honored with the Faculty Athletic Represenative Award for their contributions to their teams and to the Stony Brook community.



Frankie Vanderka (Levittown, N.Y.) of the baseball team was the recipient of the Dave Alexander Courage Award, which is given to a member of Stony Brook Athletics who has overcome personal tragedy or serious injury and has demonstrated uncommon bravery in the face of adversity. The award is named in honor of the late Dave Alexander, who coached swimming & diving at Stony Brook for 32 years.



Josh Barry (Seaford, N.Y.) of the baseball team and Jessica Combs (Hammonton, N.J.) of the softball team were named the Swagger Award winners, which was voted on by their fellow student-athletes, for fitting the definition of swagger - exuding high confidence in themselves, is fearless in the face of challenge or an opponent, has high expectations of themselves and their program, expects to be great and to perform well both in the classroom and on the field and who chooses to do the right thing at all times.



Burne, Warney, Polina Movchan (Kiev, Ukraine) of the women's tennis team, Larissa Nysch (Dresher, Pa.) of the women's soccer team and Jessica Romano (Massapequa, N.Y.) of the women's lacrosse team were recipients of the SUNY Chancellor Awards for outstanding achievement in athletics and academics among SUNY's Div. I schools in their respective sports.



Dr. Frances L. Brisbane, a Stony Brook professor in the School of Social Welfare, was named the recipient of the Shirley Strum Kenny Service Award for outstanding service towards Stony Brook Athletics and its student-athletes. 



In addition to individual awards, Most Valuable Player and Coaches Awards were handed out to each of Stony Brook's 20 varsity teams.