Caridi, Van Dyke headline conference-best 16 #Seawolves All-America East citations

Caridi is the second Tewaaraton nominee in Stony Brook women's lacrosse history
 
Caridi is the second Tewaaraton nominee in Stony Brook women's lacrosse history
 
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May 1, 2014

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Frankie Caridi: Tewaaraton Nominee 

Stony Brook, N.Y. -Senior goalie and Tewaaraton nominee Frankie Caridi of the No. 20 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team was named America East Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman attacker Dorrien Van Dyke was voted Rookie of the Year, the conference announced Thursday night at a banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn Stony Brook. Stony Brook took home a league-high 16 all-conference honors and placed four on the first team.

Caridi and Van Dyke are two of four Seawolves on the All-America East first team. Joining the duo on the squad were junior midfielder Michelle Rubino and sophomore defender Alyssa Fleming. Senior attacker Alyssa Cardillo, freshman attacker Courtney Murphy, freshman midfielder Kristin Yevoli and sophomore defender Maegan Meritz were all selected to the second team.

Stony Brook, which boasts some of the top-performing freshmen in the country, unsurprisingly led the league in All-Rookie picks as Van Dyke, Murphy, Yevoli and attacker Alyssa Guido made the cut.

Senior defender Jessica Romano and junior defender Marina Mestres were honored for their excellence on the field and in the classroom with All-Academic nods.

Arguably the best goalie in the country, Caridi is the league's first Defensive Player of the Year as the coaches voted to separate Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year following last season. She was a unanimous first-team all-conference pick. The East Northport, N.Y., native, who earned a spot on the all-conference first team for the third time in three seasons at SBU, leads the country in goals-against average (4.77) and save percentage (.565). She is the anchor of a defensive unit that ranks first nationally at 4.97 goals allowed per game, which is more than one goal fewer than second-place UMass (6.29).

With Caridi in the cage, the Seawolves defense has kept opponents to single-digit goals in 16 of 17 games, to five goals or fewer 11 times and to three goals or fewer five times. Named America East Defensive Player of the Week a conference-record six times, she made a career-high 11 stops at Notre Dame Feb. 22 and at Rutgers March 8 and was in net for the first shutout in school history vs. Monmouth Feb. 19.

The only rookie selected first-team all-conference, Van Dyke has tallied a team-high, freshman-record 60 points this season. She is Stony Brook's second-leading goal scorer at 45 goals and is third on the squad in assists with 15. The Northport, N.Y., product is second on the team and third among freshmen nationally in goals and fourth in goals per game (2.65). She is tied for fourth in the league in goals per game and is fifth in points per game (3.53).

Van Dyke was named America East Rookie of the Week and WomensLax.com National Rookie of the Week March 24 after totaling nine points against Siena March 22. The output was the fifth highest in single-game school history and highest by a Seawolf freshman. She is the second Stony Brook women's lacrosse player to be named Rookie of the Year, joining Kaitlin Leggio (2006). 

Rubino has taken her game to another level this season as her lacrosse skills have caught up to her already-phenomenal athleticism. The two-way player is first on the Seawolves and second in the conference in caused turnovers (27) and shares the team lead in draw controls (38). Only a junior, she is three draws shy of tying Leggio's career record of 192 draw controls.  Rubino, who hails from Port Jefferson, N.Y., is third on the squad in goals (32) and second in assists (21) and ground balls (40).

Fleming is on an all-conference squad for the second consecutive year after making the All-Rookie and the America East second teams as a freshman. Her lockdown defensive efforts have the Seawolves atop Division I in scoring defense. She paces the team with 46 ground balls, the fifth-most by a Seawolf in one season, and is second with 22 caused turnovers. Fleming scooped up seven ground balls as Stony Brook held Jacksonville's high-powered offense to its lowest goal output of the season (2) April 4.

Meritz joins Fleming in the dominant, highly touted backfield and has posted 27 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers.

Cardillo, an All-Rookie honoree in 2010, has dished out a team-high 32 assists and is second in the league with 1.88 assists per game. On her Senior Day, she tallied personal records of eight points and seven helpers, the latter of which is tied for third in school history. She ranks fourth on Stony Brook's career assists ledger with 65.

One of the most talented rookies in the land, Murphy has been making headlines since her first collegiate game when she posted freshman-debut records of seven goals and eight points. She picked up WomensLAX.com and her first of four America East Rookie of the Week honors for her efforts. She leads freshmen nationally and Stony Brook in goals at 48 and is second among Division I freshmen in goals per game at 2.82. She scored eight goals against Central Connecticut March 13, a dominant number that ranks second in Stony Brook's single-game record book.

Yevoli is tied for first on the team with 38 draw controls. A blue-collar midfielder with the ability to score, she sits fifth in the league with 2.24 ground balls per game and fifth on the team with 19 goals.

Guido has produced a balanced stat line of 13 goals and 13 assists during her rookie campaign. She scooped up nine ground balls at Iona March 20, the second-most in Stony Brook single-game history.

A three-year captain, Romano is seeking her master's degree in higher education administration and holds a 3.33. She earned her bachelor's degree in history in 2013 and has been an important part of Stony Brook's phenomenal defense and rise to national prominence.

Mestres has come off the bench in 11 games and serves as a valuable part of Stony Brook's defensive unit. She boasts a 3.95 in chemical and molecular engineering. 

Stony Brook hosts New Hampshire Friday at 5 p.m. in the semifinals. The game will be streamed live on AmericaEast.TV.