No. 15t/13 #Seawolves host No. 7/5 Florida in Saturday showdown at LaValle

Caridi was named to the Tewaaraton watch list along with teammate Rubino Thursday night
 
Caridi was named to the Tewaaraton watch list along with teammate Rubino Thursday night
 
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Feb. 28, 2014

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Philadelphia, Pa. – Fresh off a 16-6 win over Drexel Wednesday, the No. 15t/13 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team is set to welcome No. 7/5 Florida to LaValle Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m.

Last Time Out

Freshman midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke posted a career-high seven points on six goals and one assist, and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino stashed away four goals as Stony Brook (3-1) topped Drexel, 16-6, Wednesday in Philadelphia. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy and senior midfielder Emily Mercier chimed in with three points apiece, and senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo dished out four helpers. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made seven stops. The Seawolves used a 9-0 run midway through the first half to break a 1-1 tie and take a commanding 10-1 lead into the locker room.

Scouting the Gators

Florida (4-1) is on a four-game winning streak and most recently beat Cincinnati, 19-6, at home. Junior midfielder Shannon Gilroy leads the team with 28 points, 24 goals and 31 draw controls. Freshman Sammi Burgess has a team-high eight assists. Senior Cara Canington has split time in net with sophomore Mary-Sean Wilcox and has a team-best goals-against average of 8.06 and save percentage of .511.   

Series History

The Seawolves are searching for their first win over the Gators. Stony Brook battled but fell, 16-9, in Gainesville last season and is 0-2 all-time against Florida.

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1. .@findingdoryx leads the team in points (17) and goals (16) #ShesAFreshman #Seawolves
2. .@findingdoryx and @cmurph__ scored 8 of @StonyBrookWLAX’s 16 goals at Drexel #Seawolves #ShesAFreshman
3. .@StonyBrookWLAX is searching for its 1st win over Florida #TheHunt #Seawolves
4. Michelle Rubino recorded 4 goals and 4 caused turnovers at Drexel #TheRubinoShow #Seawolves
5. The #Seawolves have held their 1st 4 opponents to under 10 goals #CantPassCaridi #DFENCE

Caridi, Rubino Named to Tewaaraton Watch List

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino of the No. 15t/13 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team have been named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Tursday, Feb. 27 at a reception in New York City. The list includes 50 of the nation’s elite women’s lacrosse players and highlights the early contenders for the prestigious award. 

Movin’ on Up

Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves climbed from 14th to 13th in the Brine Media Poll and are tied for 15th in the coaches poll.

#CantPassCaridi

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. She anchored a Stony Brook defense that set a Division I record for goals-against average (5.65). She was in net for Stony Brook’s first-ever shutout, a 13-0 win over Monmouth Feb. 19, and made a career-high 11 saves at Notre Dame Feb. 22. Caridi has kept opponents to fewer than 10 goals in each of the Seawolves’ first four games.

She’s a Freshman

A trio of freshmen are already making headlines for Stony Brook in attacker Courtney Murphy and midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli. Van Dyke has a team-high 17 points and 16 goals, and Murphy is second in goals (11) and fourth in points (13). Yevoli leads Stony Brook with 13 draw controls. Rookies have tallied 61 percent (33 of 54) of the Seawolves’ goals this season.

#TheRubinoShow

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 154 career draws. She tallied four goals, four ground balls and a game-high four caused turnovers at Drexel.

#KeepItUpKupres

A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded four goals and six ground balls this season. She struck twice in the Seawolves’ win over Monmouth Feb. 19.

DFENCE

The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They entered the week first in the country in scoring defense at 3.0 points per game.

First Impressions

Freshmen combined for 62 percent (16 of 26) of Stony Brook’s points against Bucknell. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy’s seven goals tied former America East Players of the Year Demmianne Cook, Claire Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio for the second-most goals in Stony Brook single-game history. For her efforts, she picked up WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week honors. Rookie midfielders Dorrien Van Dyke and Kristin Yevoli turned heads as well, recording five points and three points, respectively.

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).

Envelope, Please…
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi nabbed her second consecutive America East Defensive Player of the Week honor after helping the Seawolves clinch their first shutout in program history against Monmouth and tallying a career-high 11 saves at Notre Dame.  

2014 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse National Honors

WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week………….Courtney Murphy (2/17/14)

2014 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (2/24/14)

Rookie of the Week……………………………………..Courtney Murphy (2/18/14)

Defensive Player of the Week……………………….…..Frankie Caridi (2/18/14)


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).

Fresh Faces

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.

Miss All-America

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.

Up Next

Stony Brook visits Rutgers Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m.