Women's lacrosse picked to win the America East

Demmianne Cook, who scored a school-record 68 goals in 2012, will return for her senior season
 
Demmianne Cook, who scored a school-record 68 goals in 2012, will return for her senior season
 
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Feb. 5, 2013

Cambridge, Mass. - The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has been selected as the preseason favorite in the America East preseason poll, conference officials announced Tuesday.

The Seawolves tallied 33 points and three first-place votes, four more total points than Albany and Boston University, who tied for second in the poll. The Great Danes, the 2012 America East Champions, received two first-place votes, while the Terriers nabbed one. Each of the league's seven head coaches received one vote, and they were not permitted to vote for their own programs.

Rank Team Points (First-Place Votes)
1. Stony Brook 33 (3)
T2. Albany 29 (2)
T2.  Boston University 29 (1)
4. UMBC 19 (1)
5. Vermont 17
6. New Hampshire 13
7 Binghamton 7

Stony Brook returns 20 letterwinners, 12 starters, six all-conference selections and 96-percent of its goal scoring (252 of 263 total goals) from a season ago. Joe Spallina guided the Seawolves to the biggest turnaround in the nation, winning a program-record 14 games and competing for a conference crown after winning only four the year prior. In just his first season at the helm, he became just the second SBU head coach to be honored as the America East Coach of the Year. 

The Seawolves also shattered several individual single-season records. Claire Petersen, the 2012 America East Player of the Year and a 2013 ILWomen.com preseason All-American, notched an all-time, SBU-best 101 points on 42 goals and 59 assists, also a school record. A 2012 all-conference selection, Demmianne Cook registered 68 goals to break the school's previous mark of 47, set in 2006 by Amy Taylor. Janine Hillier, who also garnered 2012 All-America East accolades, put 47 balls in the back of the cage to tie Taylor's tally. 

SBU took down No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins to notch its first-ever win against a nationally ranked opponent. The next week, Stony Brook was rewarded with its first-ever spot in the national rankings at No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Media Poll. 

Stony Brook open its season Feb. 16 at Bucknell and plays its first home game against Longwood March 9 at 1 p.m. Click here to view the full schedule.