No. 19/17 Women's lacrosse readies for Duquesne Thursday

Cook is fourth in the country in scoring average with five goals per game

March 6, 2013

Downingtown, Pa. – The No. 19/17 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team heads to Pennsylvania to take on Duquesne in its fourth game away from LaValle Stadium to open the 2013 season Thursday, March 7 at 3 p.m. The contest will be played at the United Sports Training Center, a neutral site. 

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  1. .@SBWlax is 2-1 all-time against @GoDuquesne and has won the last 2 meetings. #Seawolves
  2. .@SBWLax and @GoDuquesne last met in 2010 and the #Seawolves won 16-8.
  3. This is the last game @SBWlax plays away from LaValle before its home opener Saturday at 1 pm. #Seawolves
  4. .@frankiecaridi picked up her 2nd @AmericaEast Defensive POTW award Monday #Seawolves
  5. .@SBWlax tied a program record for fewest goals allowed in a game (3) in a 19-3 rout of @CCSUBlueDevils #DFENCE #Seawolves

Last Time Out
Stony Brook (2-1) dominated on offense and defense in a 19-3 victory over Central Connecticut Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Arute Field in New Britain, Conn. The Seawolves matched a program record for fewest goals allowed in a single game, which they have done three other times in team history. Frankie Caridi stopped five of the eight shots she faced, while Demmianne Cook tallied a game-best six goals and Janine Hillier chipped in six points on four goals and two helpers. Claire Petersen and Emily Mercier added five points apiece. Mercier’s four goals marked the first multi-goal game in Seawolves Country for the junior midfielder. 

Scouting the Dukes
Duquesne enters the contest at 2-2 overall after most recently dropping a pair of games to top-10 opponents in Penn State, 16-9, and Notre Dame, 10-8. Caitlin Prince paces the Dukes with 13 points on a team-high 12 goals and one helper, while Amanda Kidder is second in goals and points with nine and 12, respectively. Haley Marafioti and Morgan Matz lead the squad with six assists each. Kristen Gregory is the Dukes’ primary netminder and has recorded 39 saves for a save percentage of 50.6. Duquesne is outshooting opponents, 118-104 but holds only a slighter edge on shots on goal, 86-79.

Series History
Stony Brook holds a 2-1 edge in the all-time series and has won two straight against Duquesne. The Seawolves most recently topped the Dukes, 16-8, in 2010 when then-freshman Jessica Romano tallied two scores.

Movin’ on Up
Following a resounding victory over CCSU, SBU moved up three spots, from No. 20 to No. 17, in the deBeer Media Poll and stayed pat at No. 19 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. SBU was ranked in both major preseason polls for the first time in program history this year, coming in at No. 18 and No. 19 in the coaches and media polls, respectively.

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 on Feb. 16 are the second-most for any player in the country in a single contest this season, while her game-high six assists rank fourth nationally. The outburst tied a personal and school-best as the senior attacker tallied 10 points in two games in 2012. The Tewaarton contender is tied for seventh in the national rankings in assists per game with an average of three per contest and is 19th in total assists with nine helpers on the season. Petersen, who hails from Wantagh, N.Y., leads Stony Brook with 19 points this year.

Demmianne Cook is in sole possession of fourth-place nationally in goals per game with five, and her seven scores against Bucknell on Feb. 16 are tied for third for most goals in a single game by a Division I women’s lacrosse player this season. Cook, a Tewaarton contender, also ranks in the top-20 in total goals (t-13) and points per game (t-17) with 15 and five, respectively. Her 15 goals are also a team-high.

Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi sits 17th nationally in save percentage at 48.8 percent and 18th in goals against average with an average of 7.85 goals allowed per game. She stopped five of the eight shots she faced against CCSU on Feb. 27 and previously made seven saves and posted a 70 percent save percentage in the season opener against Bucknell on Feb. 16.

That’s Offensive
The Seawolves are averaging 16 goals per game, the ninth-most in the country. Stony Brook’s 20-goal explosion at Bucknell Feb. 16 ranks 21st nationally for most tallies in a single contest and was the most all-time for SBU in a season opener.

Not to be outdone, the SB defense is 24th in the country with an average of 10 caused turnovers per game. The Seawolves gave up just three goals against CCSU, the fewest in program history, and allowed only five at Bucknell, the fewest-ever for Stony Brook in a season opener.

Envelope, Please…
Frankie Caridi has picked up two of the first three America East Defensive Player of the Week awards, including the most recent one, while Claire Petersen was named America East Offensive Player of the Week Feb. 18. Caridi received the recognition this week after stopping five of Blue Devils’ eight shots on net and anchoring a defense that matched a program record for fewest goals allowed in a single game (3).

2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…..Frankie Caridi (3/4/13)
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 plays its home opener against Longwood Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.