Petersen breaks NCAA assist record, No. 19/17 WLAX routs Longwood

Claire Petersen tallied 13 points on an NCAA-record 11 helpers Saturday
Claire Petersen tallied 13 points on an NCAA-record 11 helpers Saturday
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March 9, 2013

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Claire Petersen did not just etch her name into the Stony Brook record books Saturday night. She broke the all-time single-game NCAA assist mark with an 11-assist performance that helped the No. 19/17 Seawolves cruise to a 21-3 win in their home opener against Longwood at LaValle Stadium.

Petersen totaled 13 points, surpassing her own previous school record of 10, while Demmianne Cook wracked up a game-high six goals for Stony Brook (4-1). Frankie Caridi made one save, while Hannah Perruccio made two stops as the SBU defense matched a program-record of three goals allowed for the third straight week.

Mollie Zimmerman relieved starting goalie Christian Acker to start the second half and made four saves as Longwood drops its first game of the season, falling to 4-1.

Coach's Reaction

"I thought this was a well-balanced effort in which we played well on both ends of the field. The scoring was spread out, and we played good, team-oriented defense. This is a good sign as we head into the meat of our schedule."

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

Stony Brook controlled the tempo from the opening minute as Petersen found Emily Mercier in front of the net for a quick score 19 seconds into the game. The two connected again about three minutes later, and Janine Hillier put in an unassisted goal soon after as the Seawolves found themselves in front, 3-0, at the 26:22 mark of the first half.



Cook recorded her first goal of the evening a little less than two minutes later to make it a four-goal game. With 22:12 left in the first frame, Stony Brook extended its lead to 5-0 as Petersen dished the ball to Amber Kupres, who found the back of the net.

Longwood got on the board with 19:51 to play in the opening stanza, but the Seawolves ticked off 16 unanswered scores to secure their third win by double-digit goals in three games and fourth of the season.

By the Numbers

  • Stony Brook led 16-1 at the break.
  • In total, five Seawolves recorded multi-goal games. Kupres posted four goals, while Mercier scored a hat trick and Hillier and Petersen added two apiece.
  • Overall, nine players found the back of the cage for Stony Brook as Michelle Rubino, Shannon Coleman, Marina Mestres and Jessica Romano chipped in one goal each. For Mestres and Romano, it was their first goals of the season.
  • SBU controlled 22 of the game's 26 draws with Cook and Rubino tallying five and four draw controls, respectively.
  • The Seawolves had 19 ground balls, while the Lancers picked up 13.
  • 14 of Stony Brook's 21 goals were assisted, with Rubino tallying the three not recorded by Petersen, as the squad finished with 35 total points.
  • Stony Brook outshot Longwood, 41-10.
  • SBU is outscoring opponents 69-30 this season.

News and notes

  • Hannah Nielsen of Northwestern and Emily Cooke of Davidson held the previous single-game assist mark of 10. Nielsen set the record  against Duquesne on Feb. 17, 2009, while Cooke tied it against Kennesaw State earlier this season.
  • Petersen moved into sixth all-time at SBU in career points with 134 points, surpassing Diana Caroleo, who tallied 130 from 2005-08.
  • Cook passed Carlee Buck for sixth all-time at Stony Brook in career goals with 93.
  • Petersen entered the game with nine assists and ranked in the top 10 nationally in assists per game. Her record-setting day not only more than doubled her assist total, it also broke her own program marks as she previously recorded 10 points on three different occasions and eight assists last season against Iona. She has dished out 20 helpers this season.
  • Freshman Jenna Demarinis made her Seawolf-debut with 3:09 remaining in the game.

Up Next

Stony Brook heads upstate to face Marist Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. before hosting top-ranked Maryland Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m.