No. 10/9 WLAX pursues perfection against Binghamton Saturday
April 26, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Having already locked up the No. 1 seed and hosting-rights for the 2013 America East Championship, the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will look to put the finishing touches on an unblemished regular season in conference action when it hosts Binghamton Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves will honor their seven seniors in a Senior Day ceremony 15 minutes prior to the game.
It's Not Good-Bye...
Stony Brook will recognize seniors Demmianne Cook, Kaitlyn Harrison, Janine Hillier, Justyne Passarelli, Hannah Perruccio, Claire Petersen and Melissa Rotante in a Senior Day ceremony. This year's senior class has helped lead SBU to national prominence, including its first-ever national ranking last season and a top 10 ranking in both major polls this season. This is not the final time these seniors will play at LaValle as they helped SBU clinch home field advantage and the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship.
America East Standings
Seeding Scenarios for Final Two Spots
Stony Brook (13-2, 5-0 AE) can become the 15th undefeated, outright America East champion with a win today. Of the 14 teams that have already accomplished the feat, 11 have gone on to win the championship. The Seawolves currently possess the 14th-best RPI in the country.
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Last Time Out
Kaitlyn Harrison doubled her season goal total, notching a career and game-high five goals as Stony Brook (13-2, 5-0 AE) downed Boston University (6-8, 2-4 AE), 18-11, Sunday at LaValle Stadium to lock up the No. 1 seed in the 2013 America East Championship. Demmianne Cook tallied four goals and broke her own school record for most goals in a single-season (69), while Frankie Caridi made five stops and allowed just three goals in the second half. Jill Horka got BU within two, 12-10, midway through the second frame, but Janine Hillier tallied a goal moments later to begin a 6-1 run that iced the victory.
Scouting the Bearcats
Binghamton enters the contest at 2-11 overall and 1-4 in America East action, with its lone win coming against Vermont on March 30. The Bearcats most recently fell to RV/20 Cornell, 17-11, on Tuesday, April 23. Katherine Hunsberger paces the squad with 32 points, all on goals. Kimberly McGeever and Angela Vespa lead the Bearcats in assists with seven apiece. Erin McNulty has served as Binghamton's primary netminder and has made 88 stops.
Stony Brook holds a 9-1 lead in the all-time series with Binghamton and has won the last two meetings.
After spending one week at No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll, the Seawolves jumped to No. 9, its highest-ever national ranking. Stony Brook entered the top 10 of the IWLCA Coaches' Poll for the first time in program history on April 9 and has kept the placement ever since.
The nation's leading goal scorer, Demmianne Cook topped her own school record against BU when she notched her 69th goal of the season. She is averaging 4.60 tallies her contest, the most in all of Division I. The Tewaarton contender is sixth in the nation in points (75), seventh in points per game (5.0) and 13th in draw controls per game (4.67). Cook is the only America East student-athlete to tally at least five points in every conference game this season, and her defensive prowess has helped the Seawolves hold their league-foes' points leaders to three points or less.
Janine Hillier is in the top 40 nationally in points (58) and points per game (3.87). Despite only playing two seasons at SBU, she is sixth all-time in career assists (43) and ninth in points (126) and goals (83).
Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi leads the country in goals against average (5.60) and is third in save percentage (.522). She has anchored SBU's top-ranked scoring defense that has held opponents to single-digits in 13 of its 15 games this season.
Stony Brook owns the nation's largest scoring margin (+10.33) and is first in scoring offense with an average of 15.87 goals per game.
Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.53 goals per game. Florida is a distant second in the rankings with a goals against average of 6.71. The Seawolves have kept all but two opponents 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).
After breaking the NCAA single-game assist record against Longwood March 9, senior Claire Petersen garnered WLAX.com and Nike National Player of the Week honors. Junior goalie Frankie Caridi has captured a league-leading four weekly America East honors. The Seawolves have garnered a conference-best nine AE weekly awards and at least one in seven of ten weeks this season.
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 nine 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.
Captaining the Ship
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.
He is 100-9 (.917) all-time as a collegiate head coach.
Stony Brook begins its playoff push in the 2013 America East Championship, which will be hosted by the top-seeded Seawolves May 3 and May 5 at LaValle Stadium. Opponents and game times are TBA.