Women's lacrosse enters top 10 of deBeer Media Poll
April 15, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - One week after cracking the top 10 of the IWLCA poll for the first time in school history, the No. 10/10 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has jumped to No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll, marking its first-ever top 10 ranking in the poll.
Stony Brook (12-2, 4-0 AE) racked up 122 votes, a mere four less than Duke, who sits ninth. SBU entered the national rankings for the first time last season when it came in at No. 19 after stunning No. 20/17 John's Hopkins for the program's first-ever win against a ranked opponent. The Seawolves have been ranked in both major national polls all season.
The squad, playing under second-year head coach Joe Spallina, leads the country in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.14 goals per game. Rutgers is a distant second with a goals against average of 6.62. SBU also sits atop of the national rankings in scoring margin (+10.57) and is second in scoring offense (15.71 goals per game) and eighth in ground balls (19.14 per game).
The Seawolves also carry numerous individual student-athletes, including the nation's leading goal scorer in Demmianne Cook, who has recorded an incredible 65 goals this season and averages 4.64 tallies per contest. She is three scores shy of matching her own school record of 68 goals, which she set last year. The senior midfielder is fifth in total points (70), eighth in points per game (5.25) and 17th in draw controls per contest (4.36).
A preseason All-American, Claire Petersen ranks fifth in assists per game (3.17) and points per game (5.25). In the Seawolves' home opener against Longwood March 9, the Wantagh, N.Y., product broke the NCAA single-game assist mark, dishing out 11 assists to surpass the previous record set in 2009 by Tewaarton winner Hannah Neilsen of Northwestern.
Janine Hillier, who completes the trio of prolific senior scorers for SBU, has continued to quietly piece together another stellar season by posting a game and season-high four assists and tallying a goal in a win at New Hampshire to help Stony Brook become the first team to claim a spot in the America East Championship. She ranks in the nation's top 30 in points (56) and points per game (29).
Frankie Caridi has been the anchor of the top-ranked defense in Division I. The junior goalie is first nationally in goals against average (5.18) and is second in save percentage (.545). She has racked up a league-best four America East Defensive Player of the Week nods, and was recently mentioned along with teammate, Cook, in ILWomen's Position Rankings.
The Seawolves have rattled off seven consecutive wins, which match a school record, and most recently routed New Hampshire, 16-6, Saturday afternoon on the road. Stony Brook can lock up a share of the regular season championship homefield advantage in the tournament, slated for May 3 and May 5 at highest seed, with a win against Boston University Saturday.