No. 10/11 WLAX heads to UNH in search of seventh straight win
April 12, 2013
Durham, N.H. - The No. 10/11 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team, ranked in the top 10 of a major national poll for the first time in school history, will take on New Hampshire Saturday, April 13 at noon in Durham, N.H.
Stony Brook (11-2, 3-0 AE) is in sole possession of first-place in the America East midway through the conference slate and currently has the 13th-best RPI in the country. A win coupled with a Binghamton loss this weekend would clinch a spot in the America East Championship bracket, which features the top four teams in the conference. Binghamton hosts Boston University Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Last Time Out
Janine Hillier recorded five points on a game-high four goals and one assist, as Stony Brook took down UMBC, 15-9, for its first-ever road win against the Retrievers. Demmianne Cook also posted five points on three goals and two assists. Frankie Caridi made six stops in a full 60 minutes in the cage, which Michelle Rubino caused a game-best three turnovers to help the Seawolves hold an opponent to single-digits in scoring for the 12th time this season. Stony Brook built an early 8-1 lead and halted a late push by UMBC en route to its sixth consecutive win.
Scouting the Wildcats
New Hampshire (4-8, 1-2 AE) took No. 19 Boston College to the brink Wednesday night at home, but the Eagles came away with a 10-9 overtime victory. The Wildcats have three one-goal losses to nationally ranked teams. Senior Jenny Simpson leads the squad with 39 points on a team-high 35 goals and four assists and sits third in the conference with 2.92 goals per game. Freshman Laura McHoul has a UNH-best 24 helpers this season and is third in America East in assists per game with two per contest. Senior Kathleen O'Keefe is New Hampshire's primary netminder and holds a goals against average of 11.28 and save percentage of .451.
Stony Brook edged New Hampshire, 12-10, last season at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves are 3-7 all-time against the Wildcats.
Movin' on Up
Following a road win against UMBC, the Seawolves rose two spots to No. 10 in the country in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, marking the first time in school history they have been ranked in the top 10 in a major national poll. SBU held strong at No. 11 in the deBeer Media Poll for the second straight week, and has been ranked in both polls all season.
Demmianne Cook is the nation's leading goal scorer with 60 on the season and 4.62 per game. She is sixth in the country and leads SBU in total points with 65 and sits seventh in points per game with five per contest. A dynamic midfielder, Cook has helped Stony Brook control the tempo of the game with an average of 4.23 draw controls per game, which ranks 21st nationally. Cook is eight goals shy of matching her own single-season school record of 68 goals, which she set last season. With 128 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 30 nationally and second on the squad in total goals (35) and is third on the team in points (51). Hillier is currently tied with Kristin DuPuis for seventh all-time at SBU in career helpers with 39 and is just four shy of matching Diana Caroleo for sixth. She is also ninth all-time in Stony Brook history in total career points with 119.
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 12 of its first 13 games and five goals or less in 10 of those contests. She tops the national statistical rankings in goals against average (5.11) and save percentage (.542).
Stony Brook owns the nation's largest scoring margin (+10.62) and is third in scoring offense with an average of 15.69 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 5.08 goals per game. Rutgers is a distant second in the rankings with a goals against average of 6.67. The Seawolves have kept all but one opponent (then-No. 3/3 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).
Michelle Rubino grabbed America East Defensive Player of the Week honors, the conference announced Monday. The sophomore tallied game-highs in ground balls and caused turnovers with four and three, respectively, to help fuel SBU to a 15-9 win at UMBC last weekend, marking the 12th time this season the Seawolves have held an opponent to single-digits in scoring. The East Setauket, N.Y., native also recorded two draw controls and recorded three points on two goals and one assist. Stony Brook has garnered a weekly award from the conference in six of eight weeks this season and leads the league with eight total nods.
2013 Stony Brook National Honors
WLAX.com Player of the Week.............Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Defensive Player of the Week..................Michelle Rubino (4/8/13)
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.
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.
SBU opens its final homestand of the regular season when it hosts Boston University Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.