No. 13/13 Women's lacrosse battles rival Albany Saturday
March 29, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 13/13 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team, riding a four-game winning streak, will host Albany Saturday, March 30 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium in a rematch of last year's America East title game, which the Great Danes won, 9-7.
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Last Time Out
Demmianne Cook tied her season-best of seven goals and led nine different goal scorers as Stony Brook (9-2) cruised to a 20-2 victory in its nonconference finale Tuesday night at LaValle Stadium. Alyssa Cardillo turned in five points on one goal and four helpers, while Janine Hillier and Amber Kupres tallied four each, both on two goals and two assists. Frankie Caridi stopped two of the three shots she faced as SBU matched a single-game school record for fewest goals allowed and held an opponent to single-digits for the 10th time in 11 games this season.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany sits at 6-3 overall having most recently bested New Hampshire, 11-6, in its America East opener Sunday, March 24 at home. Rachael Burek holds the lead in points with 44 on 19 goals and a team-high 25 assists, while Rachel Bowles paces the Great Danes in goal scoring with 24 goals. Anna Berman, Albany's primary netminder, has a save percentage of .426 and goals against average of 7.23.
Last year, the Seawolves knocked the Great Danes on the road, 16-5, in the regular season. The two squads again met in the conference title game, the first-ever appearance in the championship contest for SBU. Stony Brook rallied from a 5-2 halftime deficit to tie the game at seven with five minutes left in the second stanza, but Albany tallied two unanswered in the final minutes to claim its second consecutive championship and NCAA Tournament berth. The Great Danes hold a slight 7-5 edge in the all-time series.
Movin' on Up
Stony Brook jumped to the 13 spot in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll and deBeer Media Poll, its highest-ever national ranking. SBU was ranked in both preseason polls for the first time in program history.
Petersen paces Stony Brook with 56 points this season on 22 goals and a team-best 34 assists. She sits third nationally and tops the conference in assists and assists per contest (3.4) and is fourth in the country and first in the conference in points and points per game (5.6). Petersen, who holds the school's single-season assist record after tallying 59 last season, is one shy of matching Kelly Leggio for the fourth spot this year and seven assists away becoming just the second Seawolf to dish out 100 helpers in her career. On March 9, the Tewaarton contender tallied an NCAA record 11 assists to top the previous record of 10 set by former Player of the Year Hannah Nielsen of Northwestern in 2009 and was named National Player of the Week by WomensLAX.com the following Monday.
After her second seven-goal outburst of the season, Demmianne Cook moved into sole possession of second on SBU's single-season goal ledger with 52 goals. The senior Seawolf tallied a record 68 goals in her first season at Stony Brook last season. Cook, who was named to the Tewaarton watch list in February, leads the country and league in goals and goals per game (4.7) and is in the top 10 nationally in points and points per game (4.8). A versatile player, Cook is 16th in the nation in draw controls per contest (4.3). She was named America East Offensive Player of the Week after totalling 18 goals against Iona, Vermont and Siena last week.
Janine Hillier has quietly been putting together another stellar season at Stony Brook after transferring from Florida last season. She is in the top 20 nationally in total goals (30) and points (45) and second and third, respectively, in those categories at SBU. Despite only playing in her second full season in Seawolves Country, the senior captain is ninth all-time at Stony Brook in points (113) and eighth in assists (36).
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 10 of its first 11 games and five goals or less in nine of those contests. She tops the national statistical rankings in goals against average (5.06) and save percentage (.546).
Stony Brook owns the nation's largest scoring margin (+10.7) and is second in scoring offense with an average of 16 goals per game.
Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.3 goals per game. The Seawolves have kept all but one opponent (Florida) to single-digits in scoring, including holding No. 1/1 Maryland to its season-low goal total (8).
Demmianne Cook picked up Offensive Player of the Week honors after notching 18 goals and leading the conference with six 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
WLAX.com 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)
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.
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 continues America East play with a road trip to UMBC Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m.