No. 15/13 Women's lacrosse hosts Fresno State Tuesday

Hillier totalled 15 points on SBU's weekend road swing

March 25, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Following back-to-back wins on the road this past weekend, the No. 15/13 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will play its fourth game in seven days and final nonconference contest of the season when it welcomes Fresno State to LaValle Stadium Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m.


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  1. After matching a school record of 4 straight road wins, @SBWLax returns home to host @FSAthletics #Seawolves
  2.  This is the first meeting between @SBWLax and @FSAthletics #Seawolves
  3. .@demmifizzle is 1 goal shy of sole possession of 2nd on SBU's single-season goal ledger. She set the record last yr (68) #demiscookin
  4. .@SBWLax has reached its highest-ever spot in the deBeer Media Poll #keepclimbing #NOW
  5. .@JA_N1NE totalled 15 points in back-to-back road wins @UVMAthletics and @SienaWLax #hothandedhillier #Seawolves

Last Time Out

Janine Hillier tallied seven points on five goals and two assists, while Demmianne Cook poured in six goals to lead Stony Brook (8-2) past Siena (1-8), 18-5, to earn a school-record-tying fourth straight road win and second in as many days. Claire Petersen finished with two goals and three assists, and Frankie Caridi stopped three shots as the Seawolves held an opponent to five goals or less for the eighth time this season. With SBU already on top, 7-2, Cook took over the game, netting three consecutive goals in less than 90 seconds to extend the lead to 10-2 at the 7:57 mark of the first half. 

Scouting the Bulldogs

Fresno State (1-5) has dropped its past five games after most recently falling at Albany, 21-3, Thursday, March 21. Freshman Anjelica Fuccillo and sophomore Marcy Levantino share the lead in points with 14 apiece, and Fuccillo paces the Bulldogs with 11 goals. Senior Katie Wilbur has started all six games in net for the Bulldogs and has made 48 saves.

Series History

This is the first meeting between the two squads.

 Movin' on Up

Stony Brook moved into the 13th spot in the deBeer Media Poll, its highest-ever ranking, after spending two weeks at No. 16. The Seawolves were ranked in both major preseason polls for the first time in school history and have remained in each poll 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 paces Stony Brook with 56 points this season on 22 goals and a team-best 34 assists. She dished out seven total helpers at Vermont and Siena to jump from eighth to fifth on SBU's single-season assist ledger. Petersen, who holds the single-season assist record after tallying 59 last season, is one shy of matching Kelly Leggio for the fourth spot. She leads the conference in points and assists per game with 5.60 and 3.40, respectively.


Demmianne Cook has netted 18 goals in the past three games, including a six-goal outburst at Siena Sunday, to nab the America East Offensive Player of the Week award. The senior Seawolf holds the lead in goals this season with 47, which is tied with Janine Hillier (2012) and Amy Taylor (2006) for second most in Stony Brook single-season history. Cook, who transferred from Adelphi last year, sits fourth all-time at SBU in career goals with 115 despite playing the fewest number of seasons of anyone in the school's top 10. She is averaging a conference-best 4.70 goals per game, nearly two goals higher than Albany's Rachel Bowles and Boston University's Danielle Etrasco, who are second with 3.00 goals per game.

Caridi in the Cage

Junior goalie Frankie Caridi has played sparkling lacrosse in her return to the field following an injury-shortened 2012. She has anchored a defense that has held opponents to single-digits in scoring in nine of its first 10 games and five goals or less in eight of those contests. She has made 57 stops in nearly 537 minutes of work and holds a save percentage of .543.

Hot-Handed Hillier

Janine Hillier paced SBU in points over the weekend, tallying eight and seven against Vermont and Siena, respectively. She is second on the team in goals with 28 and third in points with 41.

That's Offensive

Stony Brook is outscoring opponents 160-53. The Seawolves are leading the America East in points and goals per game with 22 and 16 per contest. They own a league-leading scoring margin of +10.7.


Not to be outdone, the SBU defense has held opponents to single-digits in scoring in nine games this season and to five goals or fewer eight times. The Seawolves own league-bests in save percentage (55.1 percent) and goals against average (5.30).

Envelope, Please...

Demmianne Cook picked up Offensive Player of the Week honors after notching 18 goals and leading the conference with 6.00 goals per game to propel the Seawolves to three consecutive wins last week. SBU has picked up a conference weekly award in four of the first six weeks of this season and have won five total weekly awards, which matches Albany for the league-high.

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................Demmianne Cook (3/25/13)
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 controlled 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 renews its rivalry with Albany in a rematch of last year's America East title game, in which the Great Danes escaped with a 9-7 win.