No. 18/16 Women's lacrosse clashes with No. 1/1 Maryland Sunday

Petersen leads the country in assists per game

March 16, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The statistically top two scoring offenses in the nation will square off Sunday, March 17 at LaValle Stadium when the No. 18/16 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team hosts No. 1/1 Maryland at 1 p.m.


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  1. .@demmifizzle is 3 goals shy of becoming the 5th Seawolf to score 100 career goals. #demiscookin
  2. .@frankiecaridi anchored a defense that allowed the fewest goals in SBU single-game history (2) at Marist Wednesday #DFENCE
  3. .@cvpetersen  leads the country in assists per game (4 per contest) #pointsforpetersen
  4. .@SBWLAX defeated its first-ever ranked opponent last year at Hopkins #makinghistory
  5. .@UMTerps and @SBWlax lead the country in scoring offense #thatsoffensive

Last Time Out

Stony Brook (5-1) held Marist scoreless in the second half and broke a school single-game record for fewest goals allowed in a 14-2 road victory Wednesday, March 13. Frankie Caridi made seven saves and starting defenders Maegan Meritz, Alyssa Fleming, Justyne Passarelli and Melissa Rotante played stellar defense in the win. Claire Petersen, Michelle Rubino and Janine Hillier each recorded four points, while Demmianne Cook netted a hat trick as the Seawolves extended their win streak to four straight.



Scouting the Terps

No. 1/1 Maryland entered the weekend with an unblemished 7-0 mark and games against Boston College and Stony Brook on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, on tap. Averaging 17.86 goals per game, the Terps top the national rankings in scoring offense, just ahead of the Seawolves. Alex Aust paces Maryland with 51 points on 27 goals and 24 assists. Kasey Howard has started all seven games in net and has made 55 saves.

Series History

Maryland has taken both previous meetings between the two squads, including a win in College Park last season. Amber Kupres tallied a hat trick, while Claire Petersen posted five points in the loss.

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.


With an 11-assist performance in Stony Brook’s home opener against Longwood March 9, Claire Petersen topped an NCAA single-game record set by Hannah Nielsen of Northwestern in 2009. She added two goals to shatter her own previous program record of 10 points in a contest, which she has hit three times during her short tenure in Seawolves Country. National and conference recognition followed as she picked up National Player of the Week and America East Offensive Player of the week honors. Petersen, a Tewaarton contender, paces Stony Brook and ranks eighth nationally with 37 points on a team-high 22 assists. She leads the country in assists per game with 4.00 and is second in the nation in points per game at 6.60 per contest.


Demmianne Cook is three goals shy of becoming just the fifth Seawolf to notch 100 career goals. Cook, who leads SBU with 29 goals, is sits atop the NCAA national rankings in goals per game with 5.20 scores per contest and is eighth in the country in points per game with 6.60. Cook was named to the Tewaarton watch list in February and ranks sixth all-time at Stony Brook in career goals.

Caridi in the Cage

Junior goalie Frankie Caridi ranks in the top-10 in the country in goals against average (GAA) and save percentage and only improved her numbers Wednesday at Marist as she helped Stony Brook allow its fewest goals in program history (2). She currently holds a GAA of 5.23 and save percentage of .548.

That’s Offensive

Stony Brook leads the country in scoring margin (+11) and has outscored opponents 99-32 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 set a single-game program record for fewest goals allowed in a single contest (2) after matching the mark in its previous three outings.

Envelope, Please…

Claire Petersen picked up’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)
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)

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.



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 will play its second consecutive home game against Iona Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m.