Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 10/10 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team clinched at least a share of the regular season America East title and will host the conference championship after downing Boston University, 18-11, Sunday evening at LaValle Stadium.
Senior Kaitlyn Harrison, who entered the game with five goals on the season, scored a game-best five times on six shots for Stony Brook (13-2, 5-0 AE), while Demmianne Cook chipped in four goals and one assist. Cook now has a school record of 69 goals on the season, which one-ups the mark of 68 she set last year. Frankie Caridi made five saves for the Seawolves.
The win marked the 100th career victory as a collegiate head coach for Joe Spallina dating back to his time at Adelphi and was the eighth consecutive victory for SBU. The Seawolves' win streak is longest in school history, breaking the previous mark of seven established in 2007.
Christina Sheridan made nine stops for Boston University (5-8, 2-4 AE).
Coach's Reaction On the win "This was a huge conference win for us. BU is a very talented team, so we knew we had our work cut out for us coming into the game. I am proud of our team. We dug deep. They wanted to limit some of the touches of our star players, but we are a deeper team than maybe many people realize. We used the strengths of our other student-athletes who don't always get the spotlight, and they stepped up in a big way tonight."
On clinching a share of the regular season title "It's a nice thing, don't get me wrong. We have no interest in being co-champs, so we have to take care of business next week. We have a huge game at home on Saturday on Senior Day. Our team will be focused. We have to win next week."
Jill Horka scored to get the Terriers to within two, 12-10, with 14:35 remaining in the second stanza. The Seawolves responded about one minute later, when Alyssa Cardillo fed Janine Hillier for a goal that increased the lead to three, 13-10. Harrison continued her stellar night when she took a pass from Emily Mercier and drove towards the net for a tally to give Stony Brook a 14-10 advantage at the 12:24 mark of the second half.
Michelle Rubino put in a free position shot, and Cook found Cardillo on the doorstep for a score as SBU gained its largest lead of the contest, 16-10, with 8:50 to play.
Kristen Mogavero netted a goal for BU at 8:09, but Harrison responded with her fifth tally of the contest less than 20 ticks later to push the cushion back to six, 17-11. Rubino was left wide open about 10-yards away from the net, and she ripped a shot and scored with 6:27 remaining to seal a win that gave Stony Brook a share of the regular season conference title for the second time in school history and its first since 2007.
The Numbers Game
Seven different Seawolves tallied a goal against BU and six registered multi-goal games. Hillier, Rubino, Emily Mercier and Cardillo each scored twice.
Stony Brook won the battle in the draw control circle, 20-11, and controlled nine of 12 in the second half.
Cook controlled nine draws, which ties Amy Taylor for the seventh-most all-time in SBU single-game history. She also caused a game-high three turnovers.
Horka tallied six draw controls for BU.
The Seawolves picked up 13 ground balls compared to 11 for the Terriers. Alyssa Fleming led the way with five ground balls.
After letting in eight goals in the first half, SBU's defense buckled down and allowed just three in the second frame. The Seawolves never trailed.
BU entered the matchup averaging 13.17 goals per contest in America East action.
The two squads were whistled for a combined 61 fouls, with the Terriers racking up 34 and the Seawolves 27.
News and Notes
Spallina's career record as a collegiate head coach is 100-9, which gives him an incredible win percentage of 91.7 percent. He produced a dominant 73-2 mark and won three national titles at Adelphi before taking over at Stony Brook in 2012 and engineering the best turnaround in the country, turning a four-win team into a 14-win team that played for a conference title. In his second season at the helm, the Seawolves have cracked the top 10 in both national polls for the first time in program history.
Cook's five points moves her into sole possession of sixth on Stony Brook's all-time points ledger with 152 despite only playing two seasons at SBU after transferring from Adelphi last season. She is just one shy of matching Danielle Werner for fifth.
Cook, a senior captain and Tewaarton contender, has tallied 75 points this season, which moves her past Kaitlin Leggio for fifth all-time at SB in single-season points. Leggio recorded 71 in 2007. She also topped Leggio, who controlled 63 draws in 2007, for second on Stony Brook's single-season draw control list with 70 controlled draws in 2013.
The Seawolves own the tiebreaker with Albany (10-4, 4-1 AE) after defeating the Great Danes, 9-2, on March 30. Stony Brook has never won an outright regular season conference title. It shared the crown with Boston in 2007 but held the tiebreaker and hosted the America East Championship.
SBU earned its second-ever win against BU and first since 2007. This marks the last meeting in conference action between the two squads, as Boston will depart for the Patriot League after this season. It was also BU's final conference game since the Terriers wrap up regular season play with a trio of nonconference opponents.
Hillier has recorded 85 goals during her two-year career at Stony Brook, the ninth most all-time at SB.
Harrison's five goals are a career-best for the senior Seawolf.
The game was originally scheduled for April 20 but was scheduled due to safety concerns as a result of the ongoing situation in Boston. BU and SBU held a moment of silence prior to the game in honor of the victims and their loved ones.
Stony Brook will look to secure a perfect regular season conference slate and outright regular season championship when it hosts Binghamton on Senior Day Saturday, April 27. First draw is set for 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.