Cook nominated for Tewaaraton Award
April 26, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior midfielder Demmianne Cook of the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has been named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday on ESPNU and at a reception in Washington, D.C.
"I am really proud of Demmi," head coach Joe Spallina said. "It is a testament to the incredibe athlete she is and has become. Demmi is a relentless worker who respects the game and honors her teammates. She represents everything about this prestigious award."
In her two seasons since transferring from Division II Adelphi, Cook has made a seamless transition to the Division I level and has established herself as one of the country's elite players. Her play has helped Stony Brook achieve a meteoric rise to national prominence, including its first-ever top 10 national ranking in both major polls this season.
Cook is the nation's leading goal scorer with an incredible, school-record 69 goals this season and is first in the country with 4.60 goals per game. The Nesconset, N.Y., native is sixth nationally in points (75) and seventh in points per game (5.0). She has tallied seven goals three times and is the only America East student-athlete to record at least five points in every conference game this season.
A dynamic midfielder, Cook has controlled the tempo of games with a team-high 70 draw controls for an average of 4.67 per contest, which rank 13th in all of Division I. Her defensive prowess has helped the Seawolves own the lowest goals against average in the country (5.53) and hold each of their conference opponents' points leaders to three points or fewer.
Despite only playing two seasons at Stony Brook after transferring from Adelphi, Cook is third all-time in school history with 137 career goals, 13 shy of matching Kaitlin Leggio for the program mark.
Named to the Tewaaraton watch list in each of the last two seasons, Cook is the first Seawolf to be nominated for the 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. Five finalists will be announced in mid-May, and the winner will 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.
Stony Brook (13-2, 5-0 America East) will take on Binghamton tomorrow at 1 p.m. Cook and her six classmates will be honored 15 minutes prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony.