Student-athletes, coaches deliver messages of making positive decisions
Three-day event will include coaches clinic provided by Joe Spallina
Seawolves went 14-5 in their first season under head coach Joe Spallina.
Seawolves have dominated fall ball competition in preparation for 2013.
Stony Brook had the nation's best turnaround this season, winning 10 more games in 2012 than in 2011.
Caitlin Defliese was named to head coach Joe Spallina's staff in August 2011. Defliese comes to Stony Brook after serving as Spallina's top assistant at Adelphi, where the two of them helped the Panthers win the 2011 NCAA Div. II national championship.
"Having worked with Caitlin [in 2011], it was essential that she join me here at Stony Brook," Spallina said. "She has an outstanding lacrosse mind and a winning pedigree. She is a tireless worker and a proven winner, someone who can relate to the players and dissect the x's and o's."
Defliese is primarily charged with working with the defense, and in 2013, she helped mentor the squad to a nation's-best goals against average of 5.65 goals per game, the lowest in NCAA Division I history. The Seawolves were the only squad in the country to surrender fewer than six goals per game and let in a program-low two goals on three occassions. SBU held top-ranked Maryland to its two lowest goal totals of the season (11 and 8) and set a conference tournament record for fewest goals allowed in a two-game span (7).
Defliese was in charge of Adelphi's defense and specialized in draw controls. She helped the team rank No. 1 in the nation in scoring defense with a 5.95 goals per game allowed average.
Defliese was a four-year letterwinner on defense at Boston University and helped the Terriers win four straight America East championships and reach a No. 8 national ranking. She was a first-team All-America East selection in 2010 after posting 36 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers.
Defliese is a Garden City, N.Y., native and product of Garden City High School, which she helped reach the New York state finals twice, including a championship win in 2006. During her senior year in 2006, she was named All-County, All-Long Island and All-America and was selected to participate in the Under Armour All-America game.