Stony Brook Lacrosse Welcomes 15 Decorated Newcomers

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 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.

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2013-09-03



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