No. 13/14 #Seawolves host Bucknell in 2014 season opener Saturday
Feb. 14, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The reigning America East champion No. 13/14 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will begin the 2014 season Saturday when it hosts Bucknell at LaValle Stadium. First draw is slated for 1 p.m.
Kiss the Ring
Stony Brook reached incredible heights in 2013. The Seawolves won their first America East title and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Towson, 8-6, in the first round. They cracked the top 10 in both major polls for the first time in program history, rising to as high as seventh in the media poll. Former star and current volunteer assistant coach Demmianne Cook led the nation in goals (90) and goals per game (4.5) and became Stony Brook’s first Tewaaraton nominee and second All-American, while senior goalie Frankie Caridi topped Division I in goals-against average (5.71) and save percentage (.530). Caridi anchored a scoring defense that broke a Division I record for goals-against average (5.65).
Guess Who’s Back?
The Seawolves return 17 starters and seven letterwinners from last year’s squad. ILWomen Preseason All-American goalie Frankie Caridi picked up her second consecutive first-team all-conference honor after shattering the America East record for goals-against average (5.71). Joining Caridi in the backfield will be sophomore lockdown defenders Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz. Fleming made 19 starts and picked up America East All-Rookie and second team all-conference accolades. The Seawolves welcome back three of their top five goal scorers in junior midfielder Michelle Rubino (34 goals), junior midfielder Amber Kupres (31 goals) and senior midfielder Emily Mercier (28 goals).
Stony Brook women’s lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina has brought in a class of 15 newcomers,
including 14 freshmen, for the 2014 season. The accomplished group features six student-athletes who have previously been named All-Americans, five selections to ESPN’s Watch List and multiple state champions and team captains. Graduate student and midfielder Jenna Davis is the lone transfer. The former Princeton starter and Division Avenue High School star will use her fifth year of eligibility after leading the Tigers to an NCAA Tournament berth in 2013.
Name (Class, Height, Position).............................. Hometown/Previous School
Jessica Volpe (Fr., 5-5, D).................................... Hauppauge, N.Y./Hauppauge
The Seawolves cruised to a 20-5 win last year at Bucknell in the first meeting between the two teams.
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The nation’s leader in goals-against average and save percentage last season, goalie Frankie Caridi returns to the field for her senior season. Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is the Seawolves’ leading returner in goals (34), draw controls (57) and points (46). She enters her third year as a starter already fourth on Stony Brook’s all-time draw control ledger with 151 career draws.
Junior midfielder Amber Kupres was fourth on the team with 31 goals and netted a hat trick in the Seawolves’ win over Towson in the NCAA Tournament. Kupres scooped up 41 ground balls last year, the ninth-most in Stony Brook single-season history.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named to ILWomen.com’s preseason All-American third team.
Captaining the Ship
Seniors Frankie Caridi, Emily Mercier and Jessica Romano and juniors Amber Kupres and Michelle Rubino have been selected as the captains for the 2014 season. Romano is a three-year captain, while Caridi, Mercier, Kupres and Rubino enter their first year in the position.
All He Does is Win
The architect of Stony Brook’s meteoric rise to national prominence, Joe Spallina returns for his third season as head coach. Under his direction, the Seawolves ran the table in league play, won their first America East championship and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2013. Their 8-6 triumph over Towson in the NCAA First Round was their school-record 17th victory of the season. SBU remained in the national rankings in both major polls all season and cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history.
In his first season in 2012, the Seawolves completed the biggest turnaround in the NCAA and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in program history when they downed No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins on March 3. They attained their first-ever national ranking the next week: No. 19 in the deBeer Media Poll.
He came to Stony Brook after a successful run as head coach at Adelphi, a Division II institution, where he produced a dominant 73-2 mark and an NCAA-record three consecutive national crowns.
Spallina also coaches the New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse and was named Coach of the Year in 2012.
The Seawolves remain at LaValle Stadium to play Monmouth, which reached the NCAA Tournament in 2013, Wednesday at 1 p.m.