#Seawolves unveil challenging 2014 schedule
Jan. 27, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. –After exploding onto the national scene in two years under head coach Joe Spallina, the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will pit itself against strong competition in 2014. The challenging slate features four fellow 2013 NCAA Tournament qualifiers, two teams that finished in the top 20 in both major polls and seven squads that ranked in the top 40 in RPI.
Stony Brook finished 11th in the coaches’ poll, 10th in the media poll and 12th in RPI.
The Seawolves, which cracked the top 10 in the deBeer Media Poll and IWLCA Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history during their historic 2013 season, will play eight home contests at LaValle Stadium. Admission is free to all home games.
“I am really excited to continue the evolution of our program,” Spallina said. “It is important that we keep climbing the ranks and play the most competitive schedule possible. This schedule will give our student-athletes the opportunity to be challenged heading into America East play and get back into the NCAA Tournament.”
Stony Brook opens the season with a pair of home games against Bucknell Saturday, Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. and Monmouth Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. Monmouth won the NEC Tournament in its final season in the league last year.
The Seawolves then head to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame, where assistant coach Jill Byers produced an illustrious career and was a finalist for the 2009 Tewaaraton Trophy. First draw for what figures to be an exciting early-season matchup is slated for Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon.
After a road game at Drexel Wednesday, Feb. 26, Stony Brook returns home to tango with Florida Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m. The Seawolves play at Rutgers (March 8) and host Central Connecticut (March 13). Following a trip to Iona (March 20), they open a three-game homestand against Siena Saturday, March 22 at 4 p.m.
Stony Brook begins America East action at LaValle Stadium by hosting UMBC Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. and welcomes 2013 Atlantic Sun champion Jacksonville for a Friday night showdown April 4 at 5 p.m.
SB hits the road for three consecutive contests, including a date with archrival Albany Saturday, April 12. The two squads have met in the last two conference championship finals, with the Seawolves claiming a 14-3 rout last season, the largest margin of victory ever in an America East title game. Stony Brook plays its final home game of the year Saturday, April 19 against UNH at 1 p.m. before wrapping up the regular season at Delaware (April 22) and Vermont (April 26).
The top four teams in the America East will play for the conference championship, which will be held at the highest seed May 2-4. The winner earns the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament.
The Seawolves won a program-best 17 games and went 6-0 in conference play last season. They claimed their first outright America East regular season and tournament crowns and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Stony Brook returns seven starters from last year’s team, including preseason All-American goalie Frankie Caridi. The East Northport, N.Y., product led the nation in goals-against average and save percentage in 2013. The Seawolves also welcome back a pair of 30-goal scorers in junior midfielders Michelle Rubino and Amber Kupres and add 15 talented newcomers.