No. 15/15t #Seawolves look to earn record-tying win for Spallina at Yale
April 8, 2014
New Haven, Conn. - Riding a seven-game winning streak in which it has outscored opponents, 110-26, the No. 15/15t Stony Brook women's lacrosse team heads to Yale for a Wednesday afternoon matchup. First draw is slated for 4 p.m. A win would be the 42nd of Joe Spallina's #Seawolves career, which would tie the program record for most wins by a coach.
Last Time Out
Stony Brook (10-2) scored the first nine goals of the game in a 16-3 blowout of Binghamton Sunday afternoon at the Alumni Sports Complex. Freshman attacker Courtney Murphy paced the offense with six goals and one assist for a game-high seven points. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi made five stops and allowed only one goal as the SBU defense allowed three goals or fewer for the fifth time this season and third game in a row. Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino turned in another balanced performance with one goal and game highs of three assists and four draw controls. Midfielders Amber Kupres and Dorrien Van Dyke each recorded hat tricks.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale (7-4) is coming off a 15-8 defeat at Princeton Saturday. Sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis leads the team in goals (29) and draw controls (82). Senior attacker Jen DeVito has tallied a team-best 26 helpers and 42 points. Senior Erin McMullan has played every minute in net and has a goals-against average of 8.18 and save percentage of .455. Yale has outscored opponents, 120-90.
The Seawolves are 2-1 all-time against Yale and took the last meeting, 12-8, on April 11, 2012.
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Movin' on Up
Stony Brook earned its highest preseason ranking, No. 12, in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. The Seawolves held firm at No. 15 in both major polls and have been nationally ranked 23 consecutive times.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named a 2014 ILWomen.com Preseason All-American and is a two-time first-team all-conference selection. She leads the country in goals-against average (4.34) and save percentage (.597) and is the anchor of the top-ranked scoring defense in Division I (4.58). 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 and Rutgers March 8. ILWomen and Lacrosse Magazine named Caridi a first-team Midseason All-American.
She's a Freshman
Midfielder Dorrien Van Dyke is entered the week first among freshmen nationally in goals (39) and second in goals per game (3.25). She leads the team in goals 39 and points with 49. Attacker Courtney Murphy is second on the Seawolves and among freshmen nationally in goals (37) and third on the team in points (41). Van Dyke and Murphy are approaching Kaitlin Leggio's single-season freshman record of 46 goals. Classmate and midfielder Kristin Yevoli has a team-high 32 draw controls, and freshman Alyssa Guido scooped up nine ground balls at Iona, the second-most in single-game program history. Rookies have tallied 55.2 percent (91 of 165) of the Seawolves' goals this season. Van Dyke was a runner-up for Lacrosse Magazine's Midseason Rookie of the Year watch, and Van Dyke and Murphy have both been on ILWomen's Rookie of the Year radar all season.
Junior midfielder Michelle Rubino is tied for first on the team in assists (19), second in points (43) and third in goals (24). She sits third in school history in career draws (173) and ninth in goals (90), assists (42) and points (131). The Port Jefferson, N.Y., native recorded five points vs. Jacksonville and four points at Binghamton.
A scrappy, multi-dimensional player, junior midfielder Amber Kupres has recorded 19 goals and 18 ground balls this season. She scored a career-high five goals to go along with one assist and a team-high four caused turnovers at Iona March 20. Kupres has posted hat tricks in each of Stony Brook's first two conference games and has tallied a multi-goal effort in six of the last seven contests.
The Seawolves posted their first shutout in program history Feb. 19 in a 13-0 win over Monmouth. They are leading the nation in scoring defense at 4.58 goals allowed per game and have limited opponents to single-digit goals in 11 of 12 games. Stony Brook has kept opponents to three goals or fewer five times this season and in each of the last three contests and to five goals or fewer eight times.
Freshmen combined for 62 percent (16 of 26) of Stony Brook's points against Bucknell. Attacker Courtney Murphy tallied seven goals, the most for a Seawolf freshman in a debut. For her efforts, she picked up WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week honors. 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).
2014 Stony Brook Women's Lacrosse National Honors
WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week.............Dorrien Van Dyke (2/24/14)
2014 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
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.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi was named to ILWomen.com's preseason All-American second team. ILWomen and Lacrosse Magazine placed her on their Midseason All-America first teams, and Michelle Rubino was named to ILWomen's Midseason All-America third team.
Caridi, Rubino Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino of were named to the Tewaaraton Award watch list, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Thursday, 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.
Stony Brook recorded its 100th win in program history with a 16-5 win at Iona March 20. 37 of those wins came with Joe Spallina as head coach.
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.
Stony Brook heads to No. 18/17 Albany for a pivotal conference matchup slated for Saturday at noon.