Nationally ranked women's lacrosse teams collide Wednesday

Caridi's seven saves helped her garner America East Defensive Player of the Week honors

Feb. 19, 2013

Gainesville, Fla. - Fresh off of a 20-5 rout of Bucknell to kick off the 2013 campaign, the No. 18/19 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team travels to Gainesville to take on the No. 3/3 University of Florida in a battle of nationally ranked opponents on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.


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  1. .@SBWlax last defeated a ranked opponent when it downed Hopkins, 15-14, last season. #makinghistory
  2. This is the second-ever meeting between @SBWlax and @GatorZoneLAX
  3. .@demmifizzle tallied a game-high seven goals at Bucknell, which tied for second-most for a Seawolf in a single game. #demiscookin
  4. .@cvpetersen matched her own record with 10 points at Bucknell and is now 7th all-time at SBU in career points. #pointsforpetersen
  5. @frankiecaridi made seven stops and allowed just three goals in her return to the field at Bucknell. #GoSeawolves

Last Time Out
Stony Brook (1-0) began 2013 much like it ended 2012--by breaking records. The Seawolves posted 20 goals while giving up just five, which marked the most goals scored and fewest allowed in a season opener in the program's 11-year history. Claire Petersen tied her own school record for points in a single game with 10 on four goals and six assists, while Demmianne Cook notched a game-high seven goals. Frankie Caridi made seven saves and played 51:10 in her return to the field. Janine Hillier tallied four points on one goal and four assists and picked up three ground balls. Emily Kookogey tallied a free position goal for Bucknell (0-1) to make it 2-1 early in the first half, but Stony Brook rattled off four unanswered to take a commanding 6-1 lead it would never relinquish. The Seawolves later went on a 12-0 run that spanned 28 minutes to go in front by 16, 19-3, with just over six minutes remaining in the game.

Scouting the Gators

The University of Florida, a member of the ALC, enters the contest with an unblemished 3-0 record having most recently defeated High Point, 13-7, Sunday, Feb. 17 in North Carolina. Senior attacker Caroline Chesterman and sophomore midfielder Shannon Gilroy paced the Gators with three goals. Gabi Wiegand, a senior, leads Florida with nine points on seven goals and two assists, while classmate Brittany Dashiell has eight, including a team-high four helpers. Senior Mikey Meagher has started all three games in net and has a goals against average of 3.84. The Gators are outscoring opponents 33-14.

Series History

This is the second meeting between the two squads, with Florida holding a 1-0 lead all-time after defeating SBU in Gainesville last year. 


Claire Petersen once again lit up the scoreboard in Saturday's season opener, tying her career-high and school-record 10 points on four goals and a game-high six assists. After the dominating performance, she moved to seventh all-time at SBU with 111 points in her career, passing Amy Hallion (109) and Samantha Dhaja (110). Diana Caroleo, who played from 2005-08, is sixth all-time with 130 points. This is just Petersen's second year at Stony Brook after transferring from Adelphi for her junior season.


Demmianne Cook found the back of the cage seven times against Bucknell and has entered the top-10 in career goals scored by a Seawolf with 75 to pass Amy Hallion (74). Cook, another standout Adelphi transfer, posted a school-record for goals in a single season with 68 last year.

Caridi in the Cage

Frankie Caridi made seven stops and owned a 70 percent saves percentage in just over 51 minutes of play in her return to the field against Bucknell. The junior netminder, who posted a goals against average of 3.52 against the Bison, made 52 saves and had a save percentage of 43.3 percent while also owning an 8.18 goals against average in an injury-shortened 2012.

Envelope, Please...

Claire Petersen and Frankie Caridi earned the year's first America East Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week nods, league officials announced Monday.  Petersen posted 10 points, including a game-high six assists at Bucknell, and Caridi tallied a conference-best 70 percent save percentage while allowing an AE-low three goals. 

2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week...................Claire Petersen (2/18/13)
Defensive Player of the Week...................Frankie Caridi (2/18/13)

Guess Who's Back?

Stony Brook, ranked in both major preseason polls for the first time in school history and tabbed as the favorite to win the America East, returns 20 letterwinners, its entire starting lineup and 96 percent of its goal scoring (252 of 263 goals) from the 2012 team that shattered school records.

Claire Petersen, a senior attacker, notched an all-time, SBU-best 101 points in 2012 on 42 goals and 59 assists, also a school record. Many of her assists went to Demmianne Cook, a 2012 all-conference midfielder who tallied a program-record 68 goals last season. Midfielder Janine Hillier, another All-America East honoree, posted 47 goals and sits tied for second with Amy Taylor on Stony Brook's all-time, single-season ledger for goals scored. Michelle Rubino, a midfielder who took a school-record 94 draw controls during her rookie year, also makes her way back to the field this season.

Fresh Faces

SBU adds eight newcomers to its roster, including a top-notch defensive recruit in Alyssa Fleming. The 5-9 Fleming, who led Shoreham-Wading River High School to the state championship in 2009, 2010 and 2012, garnered All-American and All-County accolades in 2012 and was tabbed All-County in 2010. She is a pure 1-on-1 defender who will help shut down the opposition.

2013 Newcomers
Jenna Demarinis (Fr, GK, 5-11) ...................... Howell, N.J./ Freehold Twp.
Natalie Marciniak (Fr. A/M, 5-5).....................Ellicot City, M.D./ Mt. Hebron
Alyssa Fleming (Fr, D, 5-9) ............................ Shoreham, N.Y./ Shoreham-Wading River
Courtney Boneillo (Fr, M, 5-6) .......................Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue
Kristen Palese (Fr, A, 5-7) .............................. Tarrytown, N.Y./Irvington
Shannon Coleman (Fr, A, 5-1) ....................... .Centerreach, N.Y./Calhoun
Sarah Plunkett (Fr, D, 5-8) ...............................Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park/St. Anthony's
Kathryn Kuerner (Fr, M, 5-8) ...........................Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North

Miss All-America

Claire Petersen, the America East Player of the Year and SBU's first-ever women's lacrosse All-American in 2012, was named to's preseason All-American third team.    

Oh Captain, My Captain

Demmianne Cook, Janine Hillier, Claire Petersen, Jessica Romano and Melissa Rotante have been selected as captains for the 2013 season. Cook, Hillier, Petersen and Rotante are all seniors, while Romano is a junior.

All He Does is Win

After turning a four-win team into a nationally ranked contender in his first season at the helm, Joe Spallina became the second SBU women's lacrosse head coach to pick up America East Coach of the Year honors. Under Spallina, the Seawolves completed the biggest turnaround in the NCAA and defeated a nationally ranked opponent for the first time in program history when they downed No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins on March 3.

Spallina added to his trophy case at the end of the summer when he was selected as Major League Lacrosse's Brine Coach of the Year for his work with the Long Island Lizards, who have since changed their name to the New York Lizards.

He came to Stony Brook after a successful run as head coach at Adelphi, a Division II institution, where he produced a dominant 73-2 mark and an NCAA-record three consecutive national crowns. During his final season, the Panthers were ranked No. 1 in the IWLCA poll and went 20-0 en route to a national title.

Up Next

The Seawolves have a week off before they hit the road again for a matchup with Central Connecticut Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.