No. 19/20 Women's lacrosse looks to rebound at CCSU

Amber Kupres tallied two goals at Florida last week

Feb. 26, 2013

New Britain, Conn. – The No. 19/20 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team plays its third consecutive road game to start the 2013 campaign at Central Connecticut Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 4 p.m.


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  1. .@cvpetersen and .@demmifizzle have been named to the Tewaarton Award watch list #demiscookin #pointsforpetersen #watchout
  2. .@sbwlax is 3-0 all-time against Central Connecticut, including an 18-5 rout last year #GoSeawolves
  3. .@demmifizzle needs 4 goals to move into 8th all-time at SBU in career goals with 81. #demiscookin 
  4. .@cvpetersen tallied a single-game SBU record 7 assists vs. the Blue Devils last season. #pointsforpetersen

Last Time Out
Claire Petersen netted a hat trick and tallied an assist to help Stony Brook (1-1) cut a 10-1 deficit to 12-8 in the second half, but No. 3/2 Florida (6-0) pulled away for the 16-9 victory Wednesday, Feb. 20 in Gainesville, Fla. Demmianne Cook and Amber Kupres registered two goals apiece, while Frankie Caridi made a game-high nine stops in 60 minutes of play in net. Seniors Melissa Rotante and Justyne Passarelli and freshman Alyssa Flemming caused two turnovers.



Scouting the Blue Devils

Central Connecticut (0-1) opened its season with an 11-10 loss at Lafayette Friday, Feb. 22. Senior attackers Meaghan McCurry and Betsy Vendel paced the Blue Devils with four and three goals, respectively, while sophomore goalie Morgan Tullar played the entire game in net and stopped 11 of the 22 shots she faced.

Series History

The Seawolves are an unblemished 3-0 all-time against Central Connecticut and have outscored the Blue Devils 45-18 during the series. SBU has never given up double-digit goals in a single game to the Central Connecticut. Last season, Claire Petersen had a career day against CCSU, tallying a program-record seven assists in an 18-5 victory at LaValle Stadium on Feb. 19.

Petersen, Cook Named to Tewaarton Watch List

Seniors Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook, two of the most prolific scorers in Stony Brook women’s lacrosse history, have been named to the 2013 Tewaaraton watch list, The Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday, Feb. 22. The list includes the elite women’s lacrosse players in the nation and highlights the early contenders for the 2013 award.

The Tewaaraton Award is given annually to the top male and female lacrosse player in the United States. The selection committees are made up of top collegiate coaches and are appointed each year by The Tewaaraton Foundation. Both lists will be narrowed to 25 men’s and women’s nominees in late April, and five finalists will be announced in mid-May with the winner slated to be revealed at the 13th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on May 30 at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C.


Claire Petersen’s 10 points against Bucknell are the most for any player in the country in a single contest this season, while her game-high six assists are tied for second-most nationally. The outburst matched a personal and school-best as the senior attacker tallied 10 points in two games in 2012. Petersen, who hails from Wantagh, N.Y., leads Stony Brook with 14 points this season.


Demmianne Cook is seventh in the nation with an average of 4.50 goals per contest, and her seven scores against Bucknell on Feb. 16 rank tied for second nationally for most goals in a single game this season. The senior midfielder led all goal scorers with seven tallies against Bucknell and netted two to help SBU mount a comeback at Florida, a 2012 national semifinalist. She paces the Seawolves with nine goals in 2013.

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. Against Florida, she tallied a game-best seven saves. The junior netminder made 52 stops and had a save percentage of 43.3 percent while also owning an 8.18 goals against average in an injury-shortened 2012.

That’s Offensive

Stony Brook, Duke and Georgetown sit at 17th in the country in goals per game with 14.50. The Seawolves’ 20 goals against Bucknell were the most-ever for the squad in a season opener and are tied for 14th nationally for most goals in a single contest this year.

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, 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 true freshmen 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

Stony Brook concludes its road trip with a neutral site game against Duquesne in Downingtown, Pa. Thursday, March 7 before competing in its home opener against Longwood Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.