Women's lacrosse cracks top 10 in IWLCA poll
April 9, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 10/11 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has made history once again under second-year head coach Joe Spallina.
Stony Brook (11-2, 3-0 AE) has entered the top 10 in a major national poll for the first time ever, coming in at No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, which was released this morning. The Seawolves, who currently sit at No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll, have been ranked in the top 20 in both major polls all season. SBU achieved a national ranking for the first time in school history last season when it came in at No. 19 in the deBeer Media Poll after downing No. 20/17 John's Hopkins for its first-ever win against a ranked opponent.
Stony Brook leads the country in scoring defense, letting in an average of just 5.08 goals per game. The Seawolves have held opponents to single-digits in scoring 12 times this year and have allowed five goals or less in 10 contests. Stony Brook held top-ranked Maryland to its lowest goal total of the season (8) March 17. Not to be outdone, SBU is third in scoring offense with 15.69 goals per game.
The Seawolves also boast some of the nation's best individual players, including a top-notch goalie in Frankie Caridi, who leads the nation in goals against average (5.11) and save percentage (.542).
Senior Demmianne Cook paces all of Division I in goals with 60 on the season, just eight shy of her own school record of 68, which she set last year. She also ranks first nationally in goals per game (4.62), fifth in total points (65), seventh in points per game (5.0) and is 21st in draw controls per contest (4.23).
Classmate and fellow-captain Claire Petersen assists many of Cook's goals. The Wantagh, N.Y., native is third in the nation in total assists with 38 on the season and fourth in assists per game with 3.17. Petersen, who broke the NCAA Division I single-game assist record on March 9 with 11 against Longwood, is sixth in total points (63) and points per game (5.25).
Senior captain Janine Hillier is also in the nation's top 30 in total points (51) and goals (35). She led SBU with four goals in a 15-9 win over UMBC Saturday in Baltimore, which put Stony Brook in sole possession of first-place in the America East standings with three games to play. The victory marked the first time the Seawolves have ever beaten UMBC on the road.
SBU will look to notch its seventh straight win, which would match a program record for consecutive victories, Saturday in New Hampshire. First draw is set for 12 p.m.