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Aug. 18, 2018 — Addition by addition?

This week, the team that polled as the No. 1 NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse team in the country for most of the season, showed its hand as to what it is going to try to do to win a national championship.

Stony Brook, which lost in the quarterfinal round in overtime to Boston College, may have graduated a sizable and accomplished senior class, but it is also welcoming four transfers amongst its newcomers. Nicole Barretta, Kelsi LoNigro, Sara Moeller and Sabrina Tabasso.

“We look at it as a reload,” SBU head coach Joe Spallina tells Long Island Newsday. “We have a ton of faith in the players that we have back, and now the pieces that we added.”

Of the four, Moeller may have the largest impact. She scored 77 goals and recorded 60 assists for the University of Maryland-Baltimore County in the last two years, and was a league all-star last year.

Now, I have seen transfers become bona fide game-changers at times in my three decades of observing the sport. But very few transfers have been the difference in whether a team makes it to NCAA championship level. One of the most memorable transfers was when Dana Dobbie transferred from the disbanded Ohio University program to set records for draw controls at the University of Maryland. Yet Dobbie never won a title with the Terps.

We’ll get an idea about how the transfers affect the team during fall-ball.