Women's lacrosse to lead 28th Annual Say NO to Drugs March
May 22, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The No. 10/9 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will be the honored guests and keynote speakers at the 28th Annual Say NO to Drugs March sponsored by the Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP) Friday, June 7, 2013.
The march will begin at 9:30 a.m. in front of Pulaski Street School and then will head south on Roanoke Avenue, west on 2nd Street and return to Pulaski Street School via Griffing and Hallett Avenues.
"We are honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of Riverhead CAP's Say NO to Drugs March,” head coach Joe Spallina, who was named Synapse Division I National Coach of the Year last week, said. “The student-athletes on the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team understand the importance of taking care of their bodies, which includes saying no to substance abuse. We look forward to showing members of the community how living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle can help them achieve their goals."
“I’m thrilled to have these young women and their coach come to Riverhead and share their winning strategies, both on and off the field, with our students and community,” CAP’s executive director and Stony Brook alumna Felicia Scocozza said. “We hope that members of the community will once again come out and support the students and their efforts to remain drug-free.”
Dave Densieski, the principal of Pulaski Street School, agrees.
“I believe the most powerful message of the day to the students is that there are a lot of adults outside of our schools that really do care and support them as they face the many social challenges of today,” he said.
Following the march, there will be a brief ceremony on the steps of Pulaski Street School in which a member of the coaching staff will address the students and community. After the ceremony, the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #1742 will serve a picnic lunch to all of the students.
Since 1983 Riverhead Community Awareness Program, Inc. (CAP), a not-for-profit agency, has been providing drug and alcohol prevention, education and counseling programs for the Riverhead Central School District. CAP is best known for its two-year prevention program serving over 750 fifth and sixth graders in Pulaski Street School each year. The program is taught by community volunteers and student peer leaders and concludes with the annual Say NO to Drugs March in which students march through Riverhead wearing Drug Free Body t-shirts.
The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team put together a season for the record books, winning a program-best 17 games and going undefeated in conference play en route to its first-ever America East title. SBU led the country in scoring defense (5.65 goals per game) and scoring margin (+9.25) and paced the league with 11 end-of-the-year awards, which included the Player of the Year in Demmianne Cook, eight all-conference selections and two academics. The team was ranked as high as No. 7 in the deBeer Media Poll and achieved its first NCAA Tournament appearance and win.