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Womens’ recruits: Stony Brook adds seven elite freshmen

Thursday, 11th September 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 9/11/14
From Press Release

Following another record-setting campaign that saw the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, head coach Joe Spallina has added seven decorated freshmen for the 2015 season. Every player hails from Long Island and has earned All-Nassau or All-Suffolk County accolades at least once. Three of the newest #Seawolves were named High School All-Americans.

Spallina adds one attacker, five midfielders and one goalie to a team that just four months ago tied a program record with 17 wins and defended its conference title. Stony Brook, which was ranked in at least one major national poll every week of the season, beat Towson, 10-8, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament May 9.

Attacker Kylie Ohlmiller produced an All-Everything career at Islip, where she stashed away 255 goals in four seasons. During a phenomenal senior year, she posted a ridiculous 80 goals and 112 points on her way to US Lacrosse All-America honors. A two-time Academic All-American, Ohlmiller was named to Newsday’s All-Long Island Team as a senior and was selected All-Suffolk County every season. The multi-sport star was a four-time all-conference pick in volleyball and an Academic All-Suffolk County honoree in basketball.

“Kylie is an incredible talent and will give our offense a dimension it has not seen,” Spallina said. “She is ‘instant offense.’ She can break a defender down to score or break a defender down to feed. Kylie will be a prolific scorer from day one.”

Honored as a 2014 US Lacrosse All-American, Emily Marlow comes to Stony Brook after a championship four-year tenure at Farmingdale. The 5-10 midfielder helped the Dalers to three Nassau County titles and the 2013 state crown. Marlow, a team captain, was tabbed All-Nassau County and received Farmingdale’s Unsung Hero Award.

“Emily is an extremely skilled and athletic talent who will instantly impact our midfield on the offensive and defensive sides,” Spallina said. “She is a two-way player who will contribute immediately.”

Midfielder Torrye Zullo was twice tabbed an Academic All-American and was a three-year captain during a stellar run at Connetquot. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native earned all-division status in 2013 and All-Suffolk County accolades in 2014. Zullo also played four seasons of field hockey, captaining the squad for three of them.

“Torrye is a tenacious defender,” Spallina said. “She is an extremely athletic, blue-collar player.”

Her twin sister, Tiffany Zullo, tallied 200 points during her five-year high school career at Connetquot. During a breakout junior season, the 5-7 midfielder stashed away 50 goals and controlled 59 draws on her way to her second straight All-Suffolk County selection. She was also a two-time All-Suffolk County honoree in field hockey and captained the lacrosse and field hockey teams.

“Tiffany attacks the cage in such an aggressive, controlled manner,” Spallina said. “She has an uncanny ability of getting to the goal.”

Samantha DiSalvo enters the collegiate ranks fresh off her second All-Nassau County campaign at Hewlett. DiSalvo, a 5-8 midfielder from Lynbrook, N.Y., was named all-conference in 2011. She also put together a solid resume in volleyball and basketball, as she was an All-Nassau County performer and team captain in both sports.

“Samantha is a tremendously talented, dynamic midfielder who can fill multiple roles,” Spallina said. “She has the ability to play shut-down defense and be a complete offensive force.”

Vincenza Patrone, a midfielder from East Northport N.Y., comes to the Seawolves with big-game experience having helped Northport to the 2011 Class A N.Y. State championship during her freshman year. Patrone later captained the team in her final two seasons. As a senior, she was named All-Suffolk County. A leader and another multi-sport standout, Patrone served as team captain for the soccer and basketball teams.

“Vincenza is tough, athletic and talented,” Spallina said. “She is a two-way midfielder who also excels at draw controls. She will make a great impact from the moment she steps onto the field.”

Goalie Lindsey Hoffman is coming off an All-Nassau County season at East Meadow High School in which she posted a .593 save percentage and 5.53 goals-against average (GAA). She will contribute to a defensive unit that has broken the NCAA Division I record for scoring defense in each of the last two seasons, including a 5.33 team GAA in 2014.

“Lindsey is an athletic and extremely active goalie,” Spallina said. “She is very fundamentally sound.”

Spallina previously announced the transfer of former Hauppauge High School star Taylor Ranftle, who spent two seasons at the University of Virginia and was once ranked the No. 4 attacker in the nation by ESPNHS.

Stony Brook, which ended 2014 at No. 18 in the Brine Media Poll and No. 20 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, has begun its quest to play deep into May with fall practices.


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