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Re: 2015 SBU Women's Lacrosse
« on: March 13, 2015, 12:45:28 pm »

Albany-Stony Brook Rivalry

When you examine a team like Albany in the America East, you can't help but mention their rival, Stony Brook. Since 2012, Joe Spallina's first year at the helm of the Seawolves program, the two teams have duked it out in the conference championship.

Last year, Stony Brook captured its second crown in program history, topping the Great Danes for the second consecutive year in their third-straight meeting in the title game.

But could 2015 be the year Albany makes a comeback? Although the Danes are young, Spallina said they are "revitalized offensively" and "pretty prolific scoring wise." They graduated some key players, including Kathleen Lennon, Ariana Parker and Allie Phelan, but Albany seems to be reloading, rather than rebuilding.

Given the shakeup of the Nike/LM rankings so far this season, and if all continues to go well for Stony Brook and Albany, the lacrosse community may see two teams representing the America East in the NCAAs come May. Albany just beat Notre Dame on Tuesday night.

"We're both successful teams and organizations and I think there's respect on both sides of the ball," said Battaglino, whose team will play the Seawolves on April 4. "I consider Joe a friend of mine. He's a great coach and a good person. I look at it as a game where we're going to be tested. They know what we're going to bring and we know what they're going to bring."

Both New York staples, the schools' rivalry extends beyond the lacrosse program. It has been built over years of tradition in the same conference. "It's a lot what's right with college athletics and having that natural rival," said Spallina.

"It's healthy. It's nice that it's called a rivalry," added Battaglino. "Both have been quality teams deserving to represent the league at the NCAA tournament over the past several years."
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