April 11, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) posted three goals and three assists, and junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) scored four goals to lead the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a 12-8 win over Yale Wednesday at LaValle Stadium.
Stony Brook has now won six straight matches to improve to 11-3 overall. The team's eight non-conference victories match a program record, originally set in 2007. Yale falls to 3-8 on the season and has now lost three straight games.
Hillier's six-point day was her third consecutive game of at least six points. For Cook, it was her 10th hat trick of the season. Also scoring goals were freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.), freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), sophomore Emily Mercier (Rocky Point, N.Y.), and junior Kaitlyn Harrison (West Babylon, N.Y.).
Yale was led by Jen DeVito, who had four goals and two assists for a six-point afternoon. The Bulldogs, who came into the game allowing fewer than 10 goals per game, proved to be a stingy opponent for the Seawolves.
"Today was not one of our best efforts," head coach Joe Spallina said. "But give credit to Yale for playing a spirited game. They are a well-coached team and played well today. Moving forward, we need to limit turnovers and play better lacrosse on both ends if we have ambitions to win the America East."
Stony Brook controlled most of the first half, but the game proved to be sloppy with both teams committing many turnovers. Yale had 11 turnovers in the first half, two of them directly leading to goals. Leading 4-2, sophomore Jessica Romano (Massapequa, N.Y.) poked the ball out of Reilly Foote's stick. She picked up the ground ball and fed Hillier, who then found an open Cook for a goal to put the Seawolves up 5-2 with 12:42 left before halftime.
Yale would not go away. On the ensuing draw control, Foote took possession and 30 seconds later, DeVito scored to make it 5-3. The two teams then committed a combined nine turnovers in the next 11 minutes as neither team could put up a goal. DeVito then closed the first half with a goal at the 13-second mark to send SBU into halftime leading by only one, 5-4.
Stony Brook came out with two goals in the first 4:03 of the second half as Hillier put in a free position attempt and Rubino punched in a goal to make it 7-4.
Yale cut it to 7-5 on a Devon Rhodes goal, but junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) won the ensuing draw, and the Seawolves immediately scored on a goal by Cook from Hillier.
Yale had a chance to get back within two goals, but junior Hannah Perruccio (Rochester, N.Y.) stopped a free position attempt by DeVito at 17:59 to preserve a 9-6 lead. Harrison then scored at 16:00 to make it 10-6, and the Seawolves held on from there.
Stony Brook outshot Yale 27-18 and had seven fewer turnovers than the Bulldogs (19-12). Yale was able to stay in the game with the help of 14 draw controls to Stony Brook's eight.
Stony Brook will now have an important game this coming Saturday when it heads up to Boston to play the Boston University Terriers at 1 p.m. If BU wins, it will clinch at least a share of the America East regular season championship and earn the tournament's No. 1 seed. If Stony Brook wins, it will then control its own destiny towards winning the title.