New York Lizards honor No. 20/18 #Seawolves
July 28, 2014
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The New York Lizards of Major League Lacrosse honored the No. 20/18 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team for a banner 2014 campaign at halftime of Sunday's game vs. Chesapeake. The game was played at LaValle Stadium, where the #Seawolves knocked off then- No. 19/19 Albany, 7-1, for a second straight America East title May 4, and aired live nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Led by head coach Joe Spallina, who is also the head coach of the Lizards, the Seawolves won a program-record 17 games in 2014, including a 10-8 win over Towson in the NCAA Tournament May 9.
With 60 percent of the team's goal scoring from 2013 lost to graduation, Spallina reloaded with some of the top-performing rookies in the conference and country. The Seawolves placed a league-high four players on the America East All-Rookie Team in Long Island natives Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.), Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.), Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa, N.Y.) and Alyssa Guido (Rocky Point, N.Y.). Van Dyke, who led freshmen nationally with 68 points, was named America East Rookie of the Year, first-team all-conference and to the ILWomen.com All-Rookie Team. Joining her on the ILWomen.com All-Rookie Team was Murphy, who paced Division I freshmen with 61 goals.
In a year that saw the young offense take shape, the Seawolves received one of the best season-long performances in NCAA history from their defense. Stony Brook yielded 5.33 goals per game, breaking its own national mark from the 2013 season, and held opponents to single-digit goals in 19 of 21 games.
Senior goalie Frankie Caridi, the nation's leader in goals-against average (5.17) and save percentage (.542) for the second consecutive year, became Stony Brook's second Tewaaraton semifinalist and third IWLCA All-American. ILWomen.com and Lacrosse Magazine named Caridi Goalie of the Year, and the America East coaches dubbed her Defensive Player of the Year. She and junior midfielder Michelle Rubino were named to the IWLCA All-Region First Team.
Stony Brook will return 90.8 percent of its goal as it looks to play deep into May next season.