No. 15/16 women's lacrosse heads to UVM, Siena this weekend

Michelle Rubino posted five points vs. Iona Wednesday

March 22, 2013

Burlington, Vt. – The No. 15/16 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team opens a weekend road swing with its first America East contest of the season at Vermont Saturday, March 23 at 12 p.m. before taking on Siena in a nonconference showdown Sunday, March 24 at 1 p.m. 


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  1. .@SBWLax was picked to win the @AmericaEast this season #Seawolves #AEWLax
  2.  .@SBWLax is outscoring opponents, 123-43 #thatsoffensive #DFENCE
  3. .@SBWLax is 6-4 all-time against @UVMAthletics, including a 21-13 victory last season #AEWLax #Seawolves
  4. .@CVPetersen tallied 10 pts vs. UVM in 2012, which was a school record until she posted 13 vs. Longwood this yr #pointsforpetersen
  5. .@SBWLAX is a perfect 4-0 all-time against @SienaWLax  
  6. .@demmifizzle leads the #Seawolves and ranks 5th in the @NCAA in goals this season #demiscookin
  7. .@CVpetersen paces the #Seawolves and sits 9th nationally in points #pointsforpetersen

Last Time Out

InsideLacrosse TV Highlights

Claire Petersen posted eight points on three goals and five assists, while Demmianne Cook exploded for seven goals and controlled a game-high eight draws as Stony Brook (6-2) held Iona scoreless in the second stanza en route to a 21-3 victory over Iona (2-6) Wednesday night LaValle Stadium. Frankie Caridi made four saves, while Hannah Perruccio recorded three stops to help SBU blank an opponent in the second half for the second time this year after previously accomplishing the feat at Marist the week prior. In total, nine different Seawolves scored a goal, including a hat trick for Michelle Rubino. The sophomore also tallied two assists and three draw controls.

Scouting the Catamounts

Vermont (4-5) went 2-4 and finished fifth out of seven teams in the America East last season. The Catamounts most recently fell to Denver, 13-8, at home Wednesday afternoon. Junior attacker Sydney Mas leads UVM in points and goals with 32 and 25, respectively, while sophomore attacker Jessica Roach is second in points with 32 on 17 goals and a team-high 15 assists. Charlotte Lyons, a junior, has started all nine contests in net and enters the contest with 65 stops and a .406 save percentage. 

Scouting the Saints

Siena, a member of the MAAC, enters the matchup with a 1-7 record. The Saints are 0-2 against America East opponents this season with losses to Vermont and Binghamton. Freshman attacker Sarah Croutier and senior midfielder Katie Macguire share the lead in goals with 14 apiece, while Croutier paces Siena in points and assists with 25 and 11, respectively. Freshman Ashley Holdridge and sophomore Danielle DeLisio have split time in net this season, with DeLisio making a team-high 32 stops and Holdridge holding a better goals against average (10.57 compared to 12.00 for DeLisio).

 Series History vs. Vermont

Stony Brook is 6-4 all-time against Vermont and won a high-scoring affair, 21-13, last season at home. Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook each posted seven goals, while Petersen added three assists to match a then-program single-game record of 10 points, which she smashed March 9 of this year when she posted 13 against Longwood.

Series History vs. Siena

SB holds an unblemished 4-0 all-time mark against Siena. The squads last met on March 20, 2007 in Loundonville, and SBU won, 18-7. In 2006, the Seawolves bested the Saints, 19-3, to match a then-school record for fewest goals allowed in a single contest, which they broke Wednesday, March 13 at Marist when they let in just two.

Movin’ on Up

Stony Brook jumped three spots to No. 15 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll, its 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 posted eight points in a 21-3 rout of Iona on Wednesday to bring her season point total to 47. She ranks first in the league and fourth nationally in points per game (5.88) while also topping the America East and sitting in the top-10 nationally in assists per contest (3.50). The Tewaarton contender, who hails from Wantagh, N.Y., has tallied 148 career points during her two-year tenure in Seawolves Country and needs five points to tie Danielle Werner for fourth all-time at SBU in career points. 


During her seven-goal outburst against Iona, Demmianne Cook became the fifth Seawolf to notch 100 career scores and sits fifth all-time at Stony Brook with 104 career goals, eight shy of Melissa Cook for fourth all-time at SBU. Cook, who transferred from Adelphi for her junior season, leads the team 36 goals, which is good for fifth in the NCAA. The Nesconset, N.Y., native and Tewaarton contender also ranks first in the conference and second in the national rankings with 4.50 goals per game.

Caridi in the Cage
Caridi mentioned in's positional rankings

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. For an encore, she made four stops in just over 45 minutes of play as SBU allowed single-digits in goal scoring for the seventh time this season against Marist. The netminder ranks first in the country in goals allowed average and fourth in save percentage.

That’s Offensive 

Stony Brook leads the country and America East in scoring margin (+10) and is outscoring opponents, 123-43. The Seawolves rank ninth nationally in scoring offense and have notched double-digits in goals in six of their first eight games this season.


Not to be outdone, the SB defense is second in the nation and first in the AE in goals allowed average and has held opponents to single-digits in scoring in seven of its first eight games this season. The Seawolves set a single-game program record for fewest goals allowed (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

Stony Brook returns to LaValle for its fourth game in seven days and the conclusion of its nonconference slate with Fresno State Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.