Women’s Lax eliminated in second round of NCAA Tournament

Stony Brook fell behind early and wasn't able to come back against No. 2 Syracuse (NINA LIN / THE STATESMAN)

Stony Brook fell behind early and wasn’t able to come back against No. 2 Syracuse (NINA LIN / THE STATESMAN)

After defeating Towson for the second year in a row in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse team succumbed to arguably the best team in the country, Syracuse, by the score of 13-6.

Senior goalie Frankie Caridi,  also a Tewaaraton Award nominee for the best player in college lacrosse, has stood up to everything that has come her way throughout her illustrious career on Long Island. 

For two straight seasons, Caridi has led the country in goals against average and save percentage. 

But she could do nothing to stop Tewaaraton Award finalist Alyssa Murray along with the rest of Syracuse’s team.

Murray delivered a massive blow early, leaving the Seawolves stumbling to their feet the rest of the way, but not in time to defeat the second-seeded Orange. 

Murray scored the first four goals of the game for Syracuse, all within the first 8:36 of the game, beating Caridi with bounce shots in the bottom corners of the net. 

After the quick flurry, coach Joe Spallina tried settling down his team with a timeout.

From then on, Stony Brook played a somewhat even game against a team that may end up with the national championship. 

Junior Amber Kupres got things started with a goal, after she led the Seawolves in both the America East Championships and the team’s first round NCAA win.

Kupres did not add any more numbers to the stat sheet, but she did a great job marking Murray for a good chunk of the rest of the game, holding her goalless the rest of the way.

Freshman Courtney Murphy, who led the country in goals scored by freshmen dominated the second half for the Seawolves. 

She was able to outscore Syracuse all by herself 4-3, adding the four goals to her astounding 61-goal total for the year.

Kristin Yevoli, another one of the team’s dynamic freshmen also contributed to the effort for Stony Brook, adding a goal of her own to help keep the Seawolves in touch.

Senior Alyssa Cardillo finished up her college career with a strong performance. 

She dished out three assists to help the goal-scorers bury the ball in the back of the net. 

Once the Stony Brook defense settled down as the game went on, they returned to the form they showed all season long, which held opponents to less goals than anybody else in the country. 

Caridi contributed four saves in the effort, which held Syracuse scoreless the final 18:13 of the game.

The Seawolves finished their banner year with 17 wins, a Tewaaraton nominee and last but definitely not least, an America East title. 

Key pieces will be departing this spring. 

However, the young group of freshmen which has led the Seawolves all season long, including Murphy, Yevoli, Dorrien Van Dyke and Alyssa Guido will have three more years to show the country, 

Seawolves advance to second round of NCAA Tournament

Time and time again during the first round of the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Championships, Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina implored his team to use “patience and poise.” Like a game of chess, they moved exactly how he commanded on the way to a scary 10-8 win over Towson, advancing to a blockbuster game against the second-seeded Syracuse Orange.

After becoming only the 16th team in NCAA Tournament history to hold an opposing team scoreless in a half of lacrosse, the Seawolves looked to stay dominant against the Tigers. Stony Brook used a lopsided time of possession, taking their time once they had the ball to convert on the small openings they got, giving them a 9-0 lead at the half.

Whenever a team gets up big in any game in any sport, the pressure falls right off of their opponent’s shoulders. That was the case for Towson against the Seawolves, as a team that was laying off and not necessarily pushing to want the ball in the first half came out firing in the second half.

The Tigers played very much like Spallina’s team did in the first half, aggressively closing on attackers, giving Stony Brook no room to breathe in the offensive third. This caused quite a few turnovers, allowing Towson to mirror the patience and opportunistic tendencies that the Seawolves attack showed in the first half.

At the end of a game of two completely opposite halves, Tewaaraton Award nominee Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook’s goalkeeper, stared down a Towson chance at bringing the Tigers within one. After a tough day, Caridi showed why she has been touted as the best goalie in the country, making a point-blank save, allowing Stony Brook to hold on for the win. The senior totaled seven huge saves in the game.

Much like she did in the America East Championship game, junior captain Amber Kupres led the way, scoring three goals in the win, including what would end up being the decisive ninth goal at the end of the first half.

Freshman Dorrien Van Dyke, who eventually was disqualified from the game for two yellow cards, had a strong game as well, adding three goals of her own, including a momentum-killer in the second half that helped stave off Towson’s comeback bid. Her performance at the faceoff “x,” along with junior Michelle Rubino’s early draw controls, was instrumental in Stony Brook’s first half onslaught.

Rubino added two goals of her own, while freshmen goal scorers Courtney Murphy and Kristin Yevoli each put one in the back of the net.

Not to be ignored was the contribution of senior Alyssa Cardillo, who dished off four assists in the overall team victory.

With the win, Spallina and company remain undefeated in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after beating Towson last year as well, 8-6.

Stony Brook now plays powerhouse Syracuse on Sunday for a chance to advance further than they ever have in the NCAA Tournament in their chase for a national championship.

Seawolves defeat Monmouth 13-0; earn first shutout in program history

Rubino had seven points in the victory. Photo by Mehmet Temel

Rubino had seven points in the victory. (MEHMET TEMEL/THE STATESMAN)

Stony Brook proved to be too much for Monmouth on Wednesday, as they were able to defeat the Hawks 13-0. It was the first ever shutout in the programs history.

The Seawolves defense was unstoppable, as they held the Hawks to just four shots, and one shot on goal. Senior goalie Frankie Caridi saved the only shot she faced, despite the rain.

Junior Michelle Rubino had seven points, four goals and three assists for Stony Brook.

Freshman Kristin Yevoli had a hat trick and a game-high four draw controls for the Seawolves.

Jessica Romano, Alyssa Fleming, Maegan Meritz and Jenna Agostino were able to stop the Hawks, who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

Despite the bad weather, Stony Brook was able able to score 13 goals, seven of which came from rookies. They took a 5-0 lead into the half, as they held Monmouth without a shot in the first half.

Yevoli scored with 27:30 left in the second half to increase the lead to 6-0. Rubino scored four minutes later from just outside the crease and she later assisted Amber Kupres’ shot to make it 8-0 Seawolves. Rubino’s third goal came on a free position to give the team a nine goal advantage. Alyssa Guido scored a few minutes later to bring the lead to double-digits.

Kupres and freshmen Dorrien Van Dyke and Guido both had two goals in the victory. One of the problems for the Hawks was turnovers, which they had 25 of in the game. Nine of those were caused by the Seawolves, with Kupres and Yevoli having two apiece.

Yevoli, Kupres and Fleming tied for a game-high with three ground balls each. The Seawolves outshot the Hawks 32-4. With the victory, the Seawolves improved to 4-0 all-time against Monmouth.

Guido scored her first goals in her first collegiate game.

The Seawolves will follow up this victory with a game against No. 15 Notre Dame at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Seawolves ranked No. 14 in Women’s Lacrosse poll

The Seawolves were picked No. 14 in the Brine Media Preseason Poll. / Photo by Mehmet Temel

The Seawolves were picked No. 14 in the Brine Media Preseason Poll. (MEHMET TEMEL / THE STATESMAN)

For the second consecutive year, the Seawolves are ranked in the Brine Media Preseason Poll. They are coming off their best season in school history, where they finished 17-3 and won their first America East title.

They return seven starters and more than half of their defense, which set a NCAA Division I record for scoring defense (5.65). Also returning to the team will be goaltender Frankie Caridi, who led the nation in goals-against average (5.71) and save percentage (.530). She was named ILWomen Preseason All-American and is coming off a season where she was All-Region and first team All-Conference.

Sophomores Alyssa Fleming and Maegan Meritz are also returning to the team. Fleming was a Synapse All-Rookie, America East All-Rookie and second team All-Conference.

Three of the team’s top five scorers are also returning to the team. Midfielders Michelle Rubino (34), Amber Kupres (31) and Emily Mercier (28) contributed to a team who broke a school record for single-season goals with 298.

Rubino, a captain, leads the team in draw controls (57) and points (46) after helping Stony Brook break both single-season marks of 412 points and 260 goals. She also is fourth on Stony Brook’s career draw control list with 157.

Kupres had a game-high three goals in the 8-6 victory over Towson in the NCAA Tournament. She finished last season with 41 ground balls, the tenth most in single-season history.

The team also is bringing in 15 newcomers, including six former high school All-Americans.

Stony Brook is also looking to be ranked in one more poll, the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll, in which they finished No. 11 last year after starting out No. 19.

Their first conference game is against UMBC at home on Saturday, March 29. They also take on 2013 Atlantic Sun champion Jacksonville at home on Friday, April 4. Earlier in the month the team was picked No. 12 in the Lacrosse Magazine preseason poll.

They open up play Feb. 15 at home against Bucknell at 1 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse falls to Florida 16-9

Alyssa Cardillo and SBU lost to Florida on Wednesday. Photo by Efal Sayed.

Alyssa Cardillo and SBU lost to Florida on Wednesday. Photo by Efal Sayed.

The women’s lacrosse team fought back but could not overcome the strength of No. 3 University of Florida on Wednesday. The Seawolves fell 16-9.

The Gators took hold of the game on their home turf leading 10-1 with 12:59 left in the first half until the Seawolves started to gain some momentum. Four consecutive Stony Brook goals, two from senior Claire Petersen, one from sophomore Michelle Rubino and one from sophomore Amber Kupres off of an assist from Petersen ended the half with Florida up 10-5. Senior Demmianne Cook scored the first Stony Brook goal with 21:04 left on the clock.

Coming out of the locker room, Cook and Kupres scored their second goals of the game and senior Janine Hillier her first, closing the gap to four. But that didn’t stop Florida. The Gators reciprocated with four consecutive goals to lead 16-8 with 8:20 left to play. Petersen scored her third goal of the game with 21 seconds left, ending the game 16-9.

Florida outshot Stony Brook 29-22, putting 25 on net compared to the Seawolves’ 17. Stony Brook goal-keeper, junior Frankie Caridi made a game-high nine stops in 60 minutes of play.

After a week off, the Seawolves will take on Central Connecticut on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in New Britain, Conn.

Women’s Lacrosse crushes Bucknell 20-5 in opener

Sophomore Amber Kupres scored a hat trick and picked up three ground balls against Bucknell on Saturday. Photo by Efal Sayed.

Sophomore Amber Kupres scored a hat trick and picked up three ground balls against Bucknell on Saturday. Photo by Efal Sayed.

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team certainly started their season on the right foot on Saturday, defeating Bucknell on the road by the score of 20-5. Nine different players scored for the Seawolves in the game.

Senior Claire Petersen put up 10 points on day for Stony Brook. She finished with four goals and six assists and tied her own school record for points in a game, which she notched against Vermont and Iona last season.  Petersen also moved into seventh all-time at SBU with 111 points in her career, passing Amy Hallion (109) and Samantha Djaha (110).

Senior Demmianne Cooke scored seven goals in the game, falling just two shy of the single-game record she set last season against Monmouth. She ties Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio for second all-time.

Sophomore Amber Kupres also had a hat trick in the game. Senior Janine Hillier had a goal and three assists on eight shots, four of which were on net.  Hillier and Kupres also had three groundballs apiece in the game.

In the first ever meeting between the two teams Stony Brook outshot Bucknell, 44-17, and put 30 of them on goal compared to 14 by the home team. This is the most goals scored and fewest number of goals allowed for the Seawolves in a season opener.

The Seawolves led in ground balls for the game, registering 21 compared to Bucknell’s seven. They also only had 11 turnovers on the day, compared to Bucknell’s 23.

Senior goalkeeper Frankie Caridi picked up the win in net. She made seven saves, and only gave up three goals in 51:10 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio made two stops as well in just under nine minutes of play. Stony Brook’s defense was strong the entire night, not allowing any of Bucknell’s players to have a multi-point game.

Next Wednesday, Stony Brook will be down south to take on No. 3/3 University of Florida. The Seawolves do not play their home opener until Thursday, March 7, against Duquesne.

Women’s lacrosse has first conference loss

The Seawolves are no longer perfect in America East play.

After defeating Yale 12-8 last Wednesday in an out-of-conference game, Stony Brook suffered its first loss in conference play on Saturday, losing to Boston University 15-14.

Stony Brook now has an overall record of 11-4, including a 3-1 record in conference play, second in the America East standings behind Boston University.

Against Yale, junior Janine Hillier lead the way for the Seawolves with three goals and three assists, with junior Demmianne Cook adding four goals.

After Hillier and Yale’s Devon Rhodes exchanged tallies in the opening minutes, freshman Amber Kupres and sophomore Emily Mercier scored to make it 3-1, and Stony Brook would lead for the rest of the game.

Yale, however, would keep it close. Kerri Fleishhacker would make it 3-2, and after freshman Michelle Rubino and Cook both scored for Stony Brook to make it 5-2, Yale’s Jen DeVito scored the final two goals of the first half to make the score 5-4.

That was as close as Yale would get. Hillier and Rubino would score the first two goals of the second half to give Stony Brook a 7-4 lead, and Yale was unable to get to within two for the rest of the game.

Goalkeepers sophomore Frankie Caridi and junior Hannah Perruccio split time in net, with Caridi credited for the win.

Against Boston University, Stony Brook jumped out to a 4-0 lead within the first five minutes of the game, with goals from junior Claire Petersen (2), Hillier and Cook.

Boston would come back with a 5-1 run and tie the game at five with 13:25 left in the first half. Boston’s Hannah Frey scored three goals during this scoring outburst.

After Kupres and Boston’s Molly Swain exchanged goals, Boston would take its first lead of the game with a goal from Danielle Etrasco.

Rubino would score twice in the final two minutes to give Stony Brook an 8-7 lead at the half.

Etrasco and Hillier would

exchange free-position goals to start the second half, but the Terriers would go on a four-goal run to take a 12-9 lead.

Stony Brook would respond back with a four-goal run of its own to take back the lead, with goals from Rubino, Hillier, Cook and Petersen.

After Kupres and Boston’s Annie Stookesberry exchanged goals, Boston’s Kristen Mogavero tied the game at 14 with 4:28 left in the game.

Boston’s Mallory Collins scored the game-winner with 3:12 left in the game.

Despite the loss, Stony Brook clinched a spot in the America East Championship, qualifying for the tournament for the first time since 2007, and will play Albany next Saturday.

“This loss wasn’t just about today,” head coach Joe Spallina said in a press release. “We have work to do, and we will grow from this, get better and get another opportunity in the America East Tournament. Right now though, our focus turns to ourselves as we prep for Albany.”

Women’s lacrosse starts regular season on five game winning streak

Junior Claire Petersen led the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team to its first ever win over a ranked opponent. Peterson finished with six goals including the game winner with only nine seconds left, on Saturday against nationally ranked John Hopkins at Homewood Field.

The Seawolves won 15-14 to improve their record to 5-0, a first in program history, under new head coach Joe Spallina.

Petersen finished with nine points: six goals and three assists. This met the program record she shares with teammate, junior Demmianne Cook, for the most points in one match.

Cook added three goals, and junior Janine Hillier and freshman Amber Kupres chipped in two goals apiece.

Junior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio finished the rest of the game, earning her first collegiate victory.

The game started loudly with 10 goals in only the first 10 minutes. After three early unanswered goals by John Hopkins, the Seawolves stormed back, scoring two goals within only 12 seconds to tie the score at three.

Petersen scored SBU’s final goal of the first half and then kept the momentum going in the second half with unassisted goals at 28:27 and 22:06 to tie the game at 10.

After trading goals for the rest of the second half, Stony Brook found itself in a crucial draw with less than four minutes to play. SBU lost the draw, but, thanks to a forced turnover by  freshman Marina Mestres gained back possession.

The offense wound down the clock and gave the ball to Petersen with under a minute left.

Petersen drew a foul and converted the free position attempt to win the game.

Stony Brook looks to keep rolling in a tough game against fifth ranked Duke at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 4 p.m. on Monday.