No. 18/16 women's lacrosse meets Marist Wednesday
March 12, 2013
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.-- The No. 18/16 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team heads upstate to face Marist in search of its fourth straight win Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m. in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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Last Time Out
Behind an NCAA record 11 assists and a school record 13 points from Claire Petersen, Stony Brook (4-1) toppled Longwood (4-1), 21-3, Saturday, March 9 at LaValle Stadium. Demmianne Cook put in a game-high six goals, while Amber Kupres added four and Emily Mercier tallied a hat trick as five Seawolves recorded multi-goal games. The Seawolves led 16-1 at halftime and ultimately matched a program mark for fewest goals allowed in a game, letting in just three for the third contest in a row.
Scouting the Red Foxes
Marist (1-4) defeated Binghamton, 11-6, to earn its first win of the season Wednesday, March 6 in Binghamton, N.Y. The Red Foxes are 1-1 against America East opponents this year as they previously fell to Vermont, 16-9, in Burlington Feb. 23. Senior attacker Ashley Miller leads the squad with 14 points on a team-high 13 goals and one assist, while junior attacker Tierney Larson is second with 13 points on a team-best 10 helpers and three goals. Ashley Casiano, a senior, has seen the bulk of the time in net for Marist and has posted a goals against average of 12.42.
Stony Brook bested Marist, 17-5, last season at LaValle Stadium. Amber Kupres and Demmianne Cook tallied four goals, while Claire Petersen added a goal and six assists. Marist holds a 3-2 record in the all-time series.
Movin' on Up
The Seawolves have achieved their highest-ever ranking in the deBeer Media Poll, moving up one spot to No. 16 after routing Duquesne and Longwood last week, while also improving to No. 18 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll. SBU has been in the national rankings all season, including a spot in both major preseason polls for the first time in school history.
Claire Petersen posted 11 assists against Longwood, the most ever by any Division I women's lacrosse player in a single contest, en route to the WomensLAX.com National Player of the Week award and her second America East Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season. She leads the country in assists per game with four per contest and is second in the nation with an average of 6.60 points per game. Petersen's 33 total points this season are a Seawolf-best and rank eighth nationally. The Tewaarton candidate sits sixth all-time on the Seawolves' career points ledger with 134 and has dished out a team-best 33 helpers in 2013. She owns every spot in the top three of Stony Brook's all-time single-game assists ledger as she notched eight against Iona and seven against Central Connecticut last season and is third all-time at SBU in career assists with 79.
Demmianne Cook tops the national rankings in goals per game with an average of 5.20 scores per contest. She leads Stony Brook with 26 goals this season and sits eighth nationally in points per contest with 6.60. The senior midfielder and Tewaarton contender who posted a school record 68 goals last season is six goals away from becoming the fifth Seawolf to score 100 goals in her career. She ranks sixth all-time at Stony Brook in career goals.
Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi has returned from an injury-shortened 2012 to anchor a defense that has allowed three goals in each of its last three contests, matching a school record every time. She is fourth in the country in goals against average (5.98) and eighth in save percentage (.509).
Stony Brook leads the country in scoring margin (+11) and has outscored opponents 85-30 this season. The Seawolves' scoring offense is averaging 17 goals per game, the second most in the country, while their 21 goals against Longwood Saturday are tied for 15th-most by a team this season.
Not to be outdone, the SB defense is fourth in the nation in scoring defense (6.00) and has matched the single-game mark for fewest goals allowed in school history (3) in its past three contests.
Claire Petersen picked up WomensLAX.com's National Player of the Week award for her record-setting performance against Longwood in addition to earning her second America East Offensive Player of the Week nod. Stony Brook has won a conference weekly award in three of the first four weeks of the season with Frankie Caridi nabbing two Defensive Player of the Week honors.
2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week...................Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
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.
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.
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.
Claire Petersen, the America East Player of the Year and SBU's first-ever women's lacrosse All-American in 2012, was named to ILWomen.com'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.
Stony Brook returns home for a matchup with top-ranked Maryland Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.