Cook shatters records, No. 10/7 WLAX routs UVM, 18-4

Petersen dished out her 100th career assist Friday
Petersen dished out her 100th career assist Friday
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May 3, 2013

Final Stats

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. 

Janine Hillier recorded five points on four goals and one assist, while Frankie Caridi made 10 saves, a school record for most stops in an America East Championship contest.

Charlotte Lyons stopped 10 shots in net for Vermont (7-11, 2-4 AE).

Coach's Reaction

"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

Turning Point

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.

The Numbers Game

  • Seven Seawolves netted at least one goal and four had multi-goal games.
  • Petersen and Cardillo tallied a game-best three assists.
  • Stony Brook won the battle in the draw control circle, 14-10.
  • SBU picked up 17 ground balls compared to nine for UVM.

News and Notes

  • Stony Brook has won 10 straight games. Its last loss came against top-ranked Maryland on March 17.
  • SBU's 18 goals are the second-most all-time in an America East Championship game. New Hampshire holds the record for most goals, 21, which it set against Vermont in 2002.
  • Stony Brook had not reached a title game before Spallina took the helm last season but have advanced in both years with him as head coach.
  • Caridi's four ground balls are tied for the second most all-time for a Seawolf in an America East Championship game, with Kupres holding the all-time mark of five, which she set against UMBC last season.
  • Hillier has 134 career points, which puts her ahead of Diana Caroleo for eighth all-time. Caroleo tallied 130 from 2005-08.  
  • This marks the 15th time this season the Seawolves have held an opponent to single-digits in scoring and the 11th time they have limited a team to five goals or less.

Up Next

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.