No. 15/16 women's lacrosse welcomes Iona Wednesday

Freshman Alyssa Fleming has started every game this season and leads the team in caused turnovers (9)

March 19, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 15/16 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will look to get back to its winning ways when it hosts Iona under the lights at LaValle Stadium Wednesday, March 20 at 7 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 sits atop the NCAA rankings in goals allowed average #caridiinthecage #Seawolves
  3. .@cvpetersen leads @SBWLAX and is third in the @NCAA in assists per game #pointsforpetersen
  4. .@SBWLAX holds a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series with @IonaLax #Seawolves
  5. .@SBWLAX is 2nd in the country in scoring defense and has held opponents to single-digits in 6/7 gms this yr. #DFENCE

Last Time Out

Stony Brook (5-2) held top-ranked Maryland (9-0) to a season-low in goals, but the Terps pulled away late for an 8-3 victory Sunday, March 17 at LaValle Stadium. Frankie Caridi made six saves, while Michelle Rubino finished with one goal, three ground balls, three draw controls and one caused turnover. Claire Petersen paced the SBU offense with one goal and one assist. The Seawolves were down just two, 5-3, with less than five minutes remaining, but Maryland scored three goals in the last 4:43 of play to secure a win, albeit by its smallest margin of victory this season.



Scouting the Gaels

Iona enters the matchup with a 2-5 record after losing at UC Davis, 14-10, Friday, March 15. Kylie Gregory paces the Gaels with 30 points, including a team-high 24 goals, which accounts for 40 percent of Iona's scoring offense. Gregory and Brittney Mabus share the lead in assists with six helpers on the season. Maria Ortiz, the squad's primary netminder, has made 51 stops and owns a save percentage of .402 and goals against average of 12.34.

 Series History

The Seawolves are 2-0 all-time against the Gaels, including an 18-5 rout last season in New Rochelle. Demmianne Cook led seven Stony Brook goal-scorers with five goals while also causing five turnovers in the contest.

 Movin' on Up

The Seawolves jumped three spots to No. 15 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, their highest ranking in school history, while holding strong at No. 16 in the deBeer Media Poll for the second straight week. SBU was ranked in both major preseason polls for the first time in program history and has remained in the national rankings all season.


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 (10) 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 ninth nationally with 39 points on a team-high 23 assists. She is third in the country in assists per game with 3.29 and is fourth in points per game at 5.57 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, sits second in NCAA national rankings with 4.14 goals per contest and fifth in total goals. Cook was named to the Tewaarton watch list in February.

Caridi in the Cage

Junior goalie Frankie Caridi has played sparkling lacrosse in her return to the field following an injury-shortened 2012. After anchoring a defense that allowed just two goals, a single-game school record, at Marist March 14, she made six saves to help the Seawolves hold No. 1/1 Maryland to a season-low in goals (8) Sunday, March 17. She ranks first in the country in goals allowed average and fourth in save percentage.

That's Offensive

Stony Brook leads the country in scoring margin (+8.86) and scored its 100th goal of the season Saturday against Maryland. It took the Seawolves eight contests to reach the 100-goal mark last year, when they ultimately broke the single-season team goal record with 263 scores. SBU ranks ninth nationally in scoring margin at 14.47 goals per game, while their 21 goals against Longwood March 9 are tied for 17th-most by a team in 2013.


Not to be outdone, the SB defense is second in the nation in scoring defense (5.57 goals allowed per contest) and has held opponents to single-digits in scoring in five of its first six games this season. The Seawolves set a single-game program record for fewest goals allowed in a single contest (2) Wednesday, March 13 at Marist after matching the mark (3) in its previous three outings and held the top-ranked Terrapins to their lowest goals scored total of the year Sunday, March 17.

Envelope, Please...

Claire Petersen picked up's National Player of the Week award for the week of March 9 after 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 five weeks of the season with Frankie Caridi nabbing two Defensive Player of the Week honors.

2013 Stony Brook National Honors Player of the Week.............Claire Petersen (3/11/13)

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

The Seawolves will play three games in four days, starting with their first conference game of the season at Vermont Saturday, March 23 at noon. They then head to Siena Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m before returning home home to close out its nonconference slate against Fresno State Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.