Trip to UMBC next for No. 12/11 women's lacrosse

Senior captain Melissa Rotante has helped SBU achieve the top-ranked scoring defense in the nation

April 5, 2013

Baltimore, Md. - A week after downing Albany, 9-2, at home, the No. 12/11 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team heads to Baltimore for a battle with UMBC Saturday, April 6 at 5 p.m. 


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  1. .@demmifizzle is the nation's leading goal scorer and is nine shy of her own single-season record of 68 goals. #demiscookin
  2. .@SBWLax and @UMBCAthletics are both off to 2-0 starts in @AmericaEast play #AEWLax #Seawolves
  3. . @JA_N1NE is second on the team and in the top-25 nationally in goals scored with 31 #hothandedhillier
  4. .@CVPetersen is first in the @AmericaEast and 2nd in the @NCAA in assists per game (3.36) #pointsforpetersen
  5. .@frankiecaridi boasts the nation's best GAA and save percentage #DFENCE #Seawolves



Last Time Out

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Demmianne Cook and Claire Petersen recorded five points apiece as Stony Brook (10-2, 2-0 AE) bested rival Albany (7-4, 2-1 AE), 9-2. The SBU defense once against stifled its opponent behind a stellar effort from Frankie Caridi, who recorded six saves and let in just two goals in a full 60 minutes of play in net. In holding Albany to a mere two goals, SBU matched a program mark for fewest goals allowed in a single-game for the third time this season and second straight contest. SBU previously allowed two scores against Fresno State Tuesday, March 26 and at Marist Wednesday, March 13. Stony Brook led, 3-2, at the intermission as Albany used a deliberate offense to attempt to slow down the game. The Seawolves crashed the cage whenever they had possession in the second half, tallying six unanswered goals to secure the win.

Scouting the Retrievers  

UMBC (8-3, 2-0 AE) boasts an offense featuring three players with 30+ points. Sophomore midfielder Alyssa Semones leads the Retrievers in points and goals scored with 28 and 10, respectively, while sophomore attacker Abby Wilson has 35 points on 18 goals and a team-high 17 assists. Junior midfielder Kristen Bilney has recorded 31 points courtesy of 24 goals and seven helpers. Only Kendall Mason has seen time in net for UMBC. The senior owns a goals against average of 8.57 and a save percentage of 42.4 percent. UMBC has outscored opponents, 132-95, this season and ranks third in the conference in scoring offense (12 goals per game) and scoring defense (8.46).

Series History

Though UMBC holds an 8-2 advantage in the all-time series, Stony Brook has won the last two meetings, including a 9-7 win in the America East semifinals in 2012. SBU also routed UMBC, 16-6, last year at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves are searching for their first win in UMBC territory.

Movin' on Up

Stony Brook moved to the No. 11 spot in the deBeer Media Poll and is now No. 12 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll. Both rankings are the highest-ever for Stony Brook's youngest team, in just its 11th season in existence. SBU was ranked in both major preseason polls for the first time in school history at No. 18 in the IWLCA Poll and No. 19 in the deBeer Media Poll.


Claire Petersen paces Stony Brook with 61 points this season on 24 goals and a team-best 37 assists. She sits second nationally and tops the conference in assists per contest (3.36) and is third in the country and first in the conference in points per game (5.55). She also ranks fourth in the nation in assists and fifth in points. Petersen, who holds the school's single-season assist record after tallying 59 last season, is tied with Kaitlin Leggio for second all-time at Stony Brook in career helpers with 96 despite this only being her second year at SBU. With four more helpers, she will become just the second Seawolf to reach the 100-assist plateau for 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 and Nike Player of the Week in the days that followed.


Demmianne Cook is the nation's leading goal scorer with 57 on the season and 4.75 per game. She is sixth in the country and second on SBU in total points with 60 and sixth in points per game at 5.0 per contest. A dynamic midfielder, Cook has helped Stony Brook control the tempo of the game with an average of 4.25 draw controls per contest, which ranks 18th nationally. Cook is nine goals shy of matching her own single-season school record of 68 goals, which she set last season. With 125 goals during her two-year tenure at SBU, the Tewaarton contender is one of only five Seawolves to record 100 or more goals for her career despite playing in fewer seasons than the others on the ledger. She sits third all-time at Stony Brook in career goals.


Janine Hillier has quietly been putting together another stellar season at Stony Brook after transferring from Florida last season. She is in the top 25 nationally and second on the squad in total goals (31) and is third on the team in points with 46. She currently sits eighth all-time at SBU in career points with 36 and is just three shy of matching Kristin DuPuis for seventh. She is also ninth all-time in Stony Brook history in total points with 114.

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 11 of its first 12 games and five goals or less in 10 of those contests. She tops the national statistical rankings in goals against average (4.74) and save percentage (.560). 

That's Offensive

Stony Brook owns the nation's largest scoring margin (+11.0) and is third in scoring offense with an average of 15.75 goals per game. The Seawolves lead the conference in both categories.


Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 4.75 goals per game. Rutgers is a distant second in the rankings with a goals against average of 6.20. 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) and have set and matched the school's single-game record for goals allowed (2) three times (at Marist, vs. Fresno State and vs. Albany).

Envelope, Please...

Demmianne Cook picked up America East Offensive Player of the Week honors for the second straight week, and Frankie Caridi earned her third Defensive Player of the Week nod of the season, conference officials announced Monday. Cook totaled 12 points on 10 goals and two helpers, while Caridi made eight total saves and let in just three scores to anchor an SBU defense that matched a school record of two goals allowed in a single-game in back-to-back victories last week. Stony Brook has picked up a league-leading seven conference weekly awards and has earned at least one in five of the seven weeks of the season.

2013 Stony Brook National Honors Player of the Week.............Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
Nike Player of the Week.......................Claire Petersen (3/12/13)

2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards

Offensive Player of the Week.................Demmianne Cook (4/1/13)
Defensive Player of the Week.....................Frankie Caridi (4/1/13)
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. Attacker 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

The Seawolves continue their conference road swing next Saturday, April 13 against New Hampshire at noon.