No. 19/17 Women's lacrosse squares off with Longwood in Saturday's home opener

Kelly Kuerner tallied a goal against Duquesne Thursday

March 8, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After going 4-1 on its season-opening road swing, the No. 19/17 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team returns to LaValle Stadium for its home opener against Longwood Saturday, March 9 at 6 p.m.  


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  1. This is the first meeting between @LongwoodLancers and @SBWLax #Seawolves
  2. .@SBWLax has held its past two opponents to 3 goals, matching a school record both times. #Seawolves #DFENCE
  3. .@SBWLax went 4-1 on its season opening road trip #Seawolves #roadwarriors
  4. .@demmifizzle and @JA_N1NE each tallied 6 pts. on 5 goals and 1 helper vs. @GoDuquesne #demiscookin #thatsoffensive
  5. .@cvpetersen is 9 pts shy of moving into 6th on SB's all-time career pts list. She's only played 1 full yr @ SB #pointsforpetersen 

Last Time Out

Stony Brook (3-1) jetted off to a 12-1 lead in the opening stanza and never looked back, downing Duquesne, 16-3, Thursday in Downingtown, Pa. Seniors Janine Hillier and Demmianne Cook paced the Seawolves with six points apiece, both on five goals and one helper. Frankie Caridi made five saves in net as SBU matched a school record for fewest goals allowed in a single game for the second straight week. 

Scouting the Lancers
Longwood, a member of the Big South Conference, came into the weekend with an unblemished 3-0 mark and back-to-back games at Central Connecticut and Stony Brook Friday and Saturday, respectively, on its slate. Kacey Norwood entered Friday's matchup with CCSU with team-highs of 12 goals, seven assists and 19 points. Christian Acker has seen the bulk of the time in net for the Lancers and has made 17 saves for a saves percentage of 51.5 percent.

Series History
This is the first meeting between the two squads.  

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 Coach's 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, according to NCAA statistics released March 4. The outburst tied a personal- and school-best, as the senior attacker tallied 10 points in two games in 2012. She also sits in the top-10 in the country in assists per game and the top-20 in total helpers. Petersen, who was named a contender for the 2013 Tewaarton Award, leads Stony Brook with nine assists this season and is second in points with 20.


Demmianne Cook paces the Seawolves with 20 goals this year. She ranks in the top-five nationally in goals per game and goals scored in a single contest after putting seven balls in the back of the cage at Bucknell, according to NCAA statistics released March 4. Cook, a Tewaarton contender, also ranks in the top-20 in total goals and points per game.

Caridi in the Cage

As of March 4, Frankie Caridi sits in the top-20 nationally in save percentage and goals against average. She stopped five of the eight shots she faced at CCSU on Feb. 28 and against Duquesne on March 7 and previously made seven saves and posted a 70 percent save percentage in the season opener against Bucknell on Feb. 16.

That's Offensive

With 16 goals against Duquesne, the Seawolves' high-powered offense kept pace with its scoring average of 16 goals per contest, the ninth-best average in the country. Stony Brook's 20-goal explosion at Bucknell Feb. 16 is 21st in the country for most tallies in a single contest.

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 and Duquesne in back-to-back games, 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 She 

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 hits the road again for a matchup with Marist Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. before opening a two-game homestand with a clash with No. 1/1 Maryland March 17 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.