Stony Brook, N.Y. –Fresh off a historic 2013 season that saw the team rocket to as high as seventh in the national rankings and advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 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.
“We’re very excited to welcome this class on campus,” Spallina said. “It is an extremely talented and athletic group from top to bottom. We feel this class will make an instant impact on our lineup and will help us continue our ascent to national prominence.”
The Seawolves add six attackers, four midfielders, four defenders and one goalie to a team that just a few months ago shattered numerous school and conference records, broke the all-time NCAA Div. I mark for goals against average (5.65) and won its first America East title while cracking the top-10 in both major national polls for the first time in program history. 13 members of the incoming class hail from the Long Island area.
Courtney Murphy, a multi-sport star at William Floyd High School, was twice tabbed an Under Armour All-American and was named to ESPN’s Watch List in 2012. A first-team All-Long Island honoree her senior year, Murphy was selected all-county in lacrosse in each of her four seasons. The 5-7 attacker also earned letters in basketball, cross country and field hockey, nabbing all-county recognition in basketball and all-league honors in field hockey along the way.
Samantha Jaffe comes to Stony Brook after producing a stellar four-year career at Barron Collier High School in Naples, Fla., where she was named to the ESPN Watch List three times and garnered Under Armour All-America honors in 2011 and U.S. Lacrosse All-America status in 2012. Jaffe, a 5-4 attacker, was also invited to the All-American Showcase in 2011 and 2012 and earned all-district, all-county and all-conference accolades in each of her four seasons.
Honored as a High School All-American by U.S. Lacrosse in 2013, the 5-7 Kristin Yevoli is another local product out of Massapequa High School. Yevoli, a midfielder, also nabbed all-county accolades in addition to collecting all-conference and all-county awards in winter track and field hockey, respectively.
A two-time Academic All-America selection for girl’s lacrosse, Dorrien Van Dyke led Northport High School to a N.Y. State Class A title her sophomore season and a No. 13 state ranking in 2013. Van Dyke, a midfielder who stands tall at 6-0, received multiple all-county nods in lacrosse and was also an all-league and all-conference selection in girl’s basketball. A leader, she was also the co-captain of the girl’s basketball team last year.
The 5-9 Brooke Gubitosi enters the collegiate ranks after a successful run at Northport High School that included a state title in 2011, a spot on the Underclassman Under Armour All-America team and a selection to ESPN’s Watch List. Gubitosi, a defender, captained her high school squad as a senior and was named All-Long Island.
The previously announced Jenna Davis, a graduate student, rounds out SB’s list of former High School All-Americans. Davis joins Stony Brook for her fifth-year of eligibility after starting at midfield and helping Princeton earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament last season.
Jessica Volpe, who was named to ESPN’s Top 50 Junior and Watch Lists in 2012, will contribute to a defensive line that bested national, conference and school records last year, including allowing the fewest goals in an America East Tournament (7). Volpe, a 5-5 product of nearby Hauppauge, helped Hauppauge High School achieve a No. 6 state ranking in 2012. She received an all-county and all-league accolades in girl’s lacrosse, while also putting together a solid resume in winter track, capturing all-county and all-league honors.
Nichole Doran, a 5-4 attacker from Melville, was placed on ESPN’s Watch List in 2012 and captained the Half Hallow Hills High School East team as an upperclassman. She was named to the all-tournament team this past spring and was the squad’s Unsung Hero in 2011. Doran also played soccer for three seasons.
Marisa Colacino comes to Stony Brook having just helped Mount Sinai High School run the table with a 20-0 overall record and state crown this past spring. Colacino brought home all-tournament honors as Mount Sinai finished first among public school girl’s lacrosse teams in New York State and second overall. The 5-6 defender also contributed to the 2011 squad that advanced to the state title game. A decorated athlete, Colacino was named all-division from 2011-13 and received the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse NYSPHS AA Certificate and the NYS Assembly Certificate in 2011 and 2013. She also played soccer and basketball, captaining both teams.
Kaitlyn Leahy joins the Seawolves as a goalie. Leahy, who is 5-4, was a three-time all-county selection and an all-division honoree in girl’s lacrosse at Bayport-Blue Point High School. Another multi-sport standout, Leahy also lettered in basketball and soccer, earning all-county, all-league and all-conference in the latter. She served as captain on all three squads.
A 5-3 attacker out of Farmingdale N.Y., Margaret Fleming helped Farmingdale High School capture state championships in 2010 and 2013 and compile an impressive 56-10 mark during her four-year career. She also captained the squad, which ranked fifth in the state this past year, as a senior. An all-county selection for girl’s lacrosse in 2013, Fleming was also an accomplished soccer player, netting all-conference and all-class honors during her final season.
Megan Pettine also arrives with big game experience. Pettine, who hails from Finksburg, Md., helped Westminster High School reach the state title match in her first two seasons with the team. She was named second team all-county and all-conference in 2011 and the Westminster High School Female Athlete of the Year. The 5-7 attacker recently earned all-tournament accolades at the Vail Shootout.
Another 5-7 attacker, Alyssa Guido played four seasons at Rocky Point High School under Joe Spallina’s brother, Dan Spallina. She grabbed all-division honors as a sophomore before picking up all-county accolades as a junior and senior.
A five-year letterwinner at Smithtown East, Elizabeth Pellechi captured all-league, all-county and all-division awards during her high school career. The midfielder captained both the soccer and lacrosse teams.
Ashley Gomes comes to Stony Brook from Freeport, N.Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain on the Freeport girl’s lacrosse team. During her time at Freeport, Gomes, a 5-4 midfielder, was selected all-conference twice and all-county once.
Stony Brook, which ended 2013 at No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, will begin its hunt to play deep into May with next week with fall practices.