Petersen, Caridi nab first America East weekly honors
Feb. 18, 2013
Cambridge, Mass. - Senior attacker Claire Petersen was selected America East Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalie Frankie Caridi picked up Defensive Player of the Week honors, conference officials announced Monday. The duo led the No. 18/19 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a resounding 20-5 road victory at Bucknell in its season opener Saturday, Feb. 16.
Petersen tied her own school record with 10 points on four goals and a game-high six assists as the Seawolves set a new program record for most goals scored in a season opener. The 2012 America East Player of the Year reached 10 points in a single game twice last season, against Iona (March 27) and Vermont (April 7). Petersen, a team captain, also picked up one ground ball and caused one turnover against the Bison.
After dominating the Division II ranks during her freshman and sophomore seasons, Petersen followed head coach Joe Spallina from Adelphi to Stony Brook and has established herself as one of the nation's elite players. She became the first Seawolf to earn All-America honors last year after racking up a school-record 101 points and was named a preseason All-American by ILWomen.com this season. Following Saturday's offensive outburst, she now sits seventh all-time at Stony Brook with 111 career points despite only playing one full season in Seawolves Country.
In her return from an injury-shortened 2012, Caridi made seven stops and saved a league-best 70 percent of the shots she faced in just over 51 minutes of play against Bucknell. The junior, who gave up a conference-low three scores and tallied a 3.52 goals against average, helped SBU allow the fewest number of goals in a season opener in school history.
Stony Brook travels to Gainesville to square off with a fellow top-20 foe in No. 3/3 Florida, a 2012 national semifinalist, Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.