No. 10 WLAX eyes regular season AE title Sunday against BU
April 19, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The No. 10/10 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team puts its seven game win streak on the line when it squares off with Boston University Sunday, April 21 at 6 p.m. The game was oriignally scheduled for Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. but was rescheduled due to the ongoing situation in Boston. A win would clinch the regular season conference crown for the Seawolves and the right to host the America East Championship. It would also break a school record for most consecutive victories, set in 2007.
Stony Brook (12-2, 4-0 AE) is in sole possession of first-place in the America East with two games to play and currently has the 13th-best RPI in the country. A win would clinch the squad’s second regular season conference crown, with the first coming in 2007. It would also mean that the Seawolves will host the America East Championship, slated for May 3 and May 5 at highest seed.
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1. A win would give @SBWLax the regular season #AEWLax Championship. The #Seawolves would host the AE Champ.
Last Time Out
Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier recorded five points apiece, as Stony Brook (12-2, 4-0 AE) took down New Hampshire (5-9, 2-3 AE), 16-6, and became the first team to secure a berth in the America East Championship. Frankie Caridi made eight saves to help the Seawolves hold an opponent to single-digits in scoring for the 13th time in 14 games this season. SBU jetted off to a 10-0 lead and never looked back, improving to 7-1 on the road in 2013 and matching a program record for longest win streak.
Scouting the Terriers
Boston enters the contest at 5-7 overall and 2-3 in league play after most recently falling to New Hampshire, 13-12, in Durham on Wednesday. Senior Danielle Estrasco leads the team in scoring with 46 goals and has dished out a Terriers-best 14 assists. Kristen Mogavero is second on the squad with 29 goals and one helper. Christina Sheridan has seen the majority of time in net and has posted a goals against average of 11.85 and save percentage of .439.
Stony Brook last defeated Boston, 16-12, in 2007, the first and only year it won the America East regular season title. The Terriers accounted for SBU’s only conference loss in 2012 and own an 11-1 lead in the all-time series. This marks the final conference meeting between the two schools, as BU will move to the Patriot League at the conclusion of this season.
One week after cracking the top 10 of the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll for the first time in program history, Stony Brook jumped one spot to No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll after spending two straight weeks at No. 11. The Seawolves held strong at No. 10 in the IWLCA poll for the second consecutive week. This marks the first time in program history SBU has been ranked in the top 10 in both major national polls. Stony Brook has been ranked in both polls all season.
Claire Petersen ranks fifth nationally in assist per game (3.17) and points per game (5.25). 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 and Nike the following week.
Demmianne Cook, who has tallied an incredible 65 goals this season and averages 4.64 per contest, is the nation’s leading goal scorer. With three more goals, Cook can match the single-season program record of 68 that she set last year. The senior midfielder and Tewaarton contender is fifth in total points (70), eighth in points per game (5.25) and 17th in draw controls per contest (4.36).
Janine Hillier is in the top 30 nationally in total points (56) and points per game (4). She is second on the Seawolves in goals with 36. Despite only playing in her second full season in Seawolves Country, the senior captain is ninth all-time at Stony Brook in points (124) and is tied for seventh in assists (43).
Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi leads the country in goals against average (5.18) and is second in save percentage (.545). She has anchored SBU’s top-ranked scoring defense that has held opponents to single-digits in 13 of its 14 games this season.
Stony Brook owns the nation’s largest scoring margin (+10.57) and is second in scoring offense with an average of 15.71 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 5.14 goals per game. Rutgers is a distant second in the rankings with a goals against average of 6.62. 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).
Junior goalie Frankie Caridi captured her league-leading fourth America East weekly honor, picking up the America East Defensive Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks. Caridi made eight saves and posted a save percentage of .571 to go along with two ground balls and one caused turnover in Stony Brook’s 16-6 win over New Hampshire Saturday in Durham. The win helped the Seawolves, who have garnered a conference-best nine AE weekly awards and at least one in seven of nine weeks this season, become the first team to clinch a spot in the conference championship.
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…………….…..Frankie Caridi (4/15/13)
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 hosts Binghamton April 27 at 1 p.m. The Seawolves will honor their seven seniors prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony, scheduled to begin at 12:50.