Cook shatters records, No. 10/7 WLAX routs UVM, 18-4
May 3, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Demmianne Cook became Stony Brook women's lacrosse's all-time leading goal scorer on an assist from Claire Petersen as the No. 10/7 Seawolves downed Vermont, 18-4, in the conference semifinals Friday afternoon to reach their second-straight title game.
Cook netted seven goals on the afternoon for Stony Brook (15-2, 6-0 AE), an America East Championship record, and now has 151 for her career despite playing only two seasons at SBU. She topped Kaitlin Leggio, who put in 150 from 2006-09. Cook's nine draw controls and seven points are both championship records for Stony Brook.
Petersen tallied four points on one goal and three helpers in her return to the field after a nearly month-long absence and became only the second Seawolf to tally 100 career assists.
Charlotte Lyons stopped 10 shots in net for Vermont (7-11, 2-4 AE).
"I am proud of our team. We went from down 2-1 to up 8-2 in about five minutes of lacrosse. The team did not like being down, and we put together a run, played our game and came away with the win.
--Head Coach Joe Spallina
Hillier gave the Seawolves an early 1-0 advantage just 40 ticks into the game, but the Catamounts stormed back to take a 2-1 lead courtesy of scores by Ariel Nicholas and Jessica Roach at the 27:02 and 20:38 marks, respectively.
Cook answered 32 seconds later with a free position goal, and Hillier fed Emily Mercier for a score with 19:51 remaining in the first frame as SBU regained the lead, 3-2.
Cook followed with an unassisted tally, and Michelle Rubino found the back of the cage on a free position shot to put the advantage at three, 5-2, with 18:35 until the break.
Less than 30 ticks later, Cardillo fed Cook on the doorstep, and the Tewaaraton nominee netted her third goal of the game at 18:09 for a 6-2 Stony Brook lead.
Hillier increased the margin to five one minute later, and Cook tallied back-to-back scores as the advantage ballooned to seven, 9-2, with 13:32 remaining in the opening stanza.
Rubino, Amber Kupres and Cook each scored before halftime to send the Seawolves to the locker room with a 12-2 lead.
Petersen came in for the second half and found Hillier for a goal about two minutes into the frame to cap off an 11-0 run that powered Stony Brook to its second consecutive championship game appearance.
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The Seawolves will look to clinch their first-ever America East title and NCAA automatic qualifier against either No. 2 Albany or No. 3 New Hampshire Sunday, May 5 at noon on ESPN3.