Playoff push begins with Vermont in AE Semis for No. 10/7 WLAX

Caridi made 10 saves against UVM in the regular season

May 1, 2013

Stony Brook, N.Y. – The No. 10/7 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team begins postseason play as the No. 1 seed and host-school for the America East Championship. The Seawolves will take on No. 4 Vermont in a semifinal matchup Friday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. at LaValle Stadium. Links to free video for the semifinal game will be provided here


Ticket prices are as follows:
$8- Adult (single session)
$5- Youth (14 and under)
$2- Group (10 and larger)
$2- America East Students (must have school ID)

To purchase tickets in advance, please call 631-632-WOLF.


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1. .@SBWLax holds a 7-4 lead in the all-time series vs. UVM #Seawolves
2. .@demmifizzle is the nation’s leading scorer and @SBWLax’s first-ever Tewaaraton nominee #DemIsCookin
3. .@Demmifizzle needs 7 goals to become @SBWLax’s all-time leading scorer despite only playing for 2 yrs. at SBU #DemIsCookin
4. .@FrankieCaridi leads the country in GAA, and @SBWLAX is 1st in scoring defense #DFENCE
5. .@JA_N1NE has tallied 40 goals in back-to-back seasons #hothandedhillier 

Last Time Out

Inside Lacrosse TV Highlights

Less than 24 hours after learning she was a Tewaaraton candidate, Demmianne Cook recorded seven goals and seven draw controls as Stony Brook (14-2, 6-0 AE) bested Binghamton, 17-6, on Senior Day to claim the outright America East regular season title. Cook also tallied four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while Michelle Rubino and Janine Hillier posted four and three points, respectively. Hannah Perruccio and Frankie Caridi combined for 11 saves to help SBU hold an opponent to single-digits in scoring for the 14th time this season. The Seawolves took a 5-0 lead early and never looked back, earning their ninth straight win. 

Scouting the Catamounts   

Vermont (7-10, 2-4 AE) is playing in its first America East semifinal game since 2009. Sydney Mas paces the Catamounts with 59 points on 50 goals and nine assists. Jessica Roach leads the squad in assists with 19 and is its second-leading scorer with 31 goals and 50 points. Charlotte Lyons has served as UVM’s primary netminder and has made 115 stops. She holds a save percentage of .415 and goals against average of 11.98.

Series History

The Seawolves are 7-4 all-time against the Catamounts and have won the last two meetings. Stony Brook pounded Vermont, 19-5, in its conference opener March 23 in Burlington. Janine Hillier tallied a game-high eight points on three goals and a season-best five helpers, while Demmianne Cook and Michelle Rubino recorded five goals apiece in the win. Frankie Caridi dazzled in net, making 10 saves in a full game of work.

America East Championship History

Stony Brook is making its second straight and fifth overall appearance in the America East Championship. It is the second time the Seawolves have held the No. 1 seed with the first coming in 2007. Last season, SBU capped off its remarkable 10-win turnaround--the biggest in the nation--with its first-ever trip to the America East Championship, where it came up just short against Albany, 9-7. Stony Brook achieved its first conference championship victory the game prior with a 9-7 win over UMBC. The Seawolves fell to No. 4 Albany, 10-7, in the semifinals in 2007 and were eliminated by BU in the semis in both 2003 and 2006.

Cook Nominated for Tewaaraton

Senior Demmianne Cook has been named one of 25 nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, given annually to the nation’s best player, the Tewaaraton Foundation announced Friday, April 26. She is SBU’s first-ever nominee for lacrosse’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in college football.

“Demmi is a relentless worker who respects the game and honors her teammates,” said head coach Joe Spallina. “She represents everything about this prestigious award.”

Movin’ on Up

Stony Brook has been ranked in the top 20 of both major polls all season and cracked the top 10 for the first time in school history. The Seawolves currently sit at No. 7 in the Media Poll, their highest-ever national ranking, and are 10th in the IWLCA Poll.


Claire Petersen ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (3.17) and sixth in points per game (5.25). On March 9, she 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 and Nike the following week.


The nation’s leader in goals and goals per game, Demmianne Cook has posted an incredible, school record 76 goals and is just seven scores shy of becoming Stony Brook’s all-time leading goal scorer despite only playing two seasons at SBU. Cook, who has broken the single-season goals mark in back-to-back years, is currently third all-time with 144 career goals. Kaitlin Leggio holds the all-time record of 150. A dynamic midfielder and Stony Brook’s first Tewaaraton nominee, Cook ranks 13th nationally in draw controls with 4.81 per contest.


Janine Hillier is in the top 50 nationally in total points (61) and points per game (3.81). She has reached the 40-goal plateau for the second straight season and currently sits eighth all-time in school history with 87 goals despite only playing two seasons at SBU.

Caridi in the Cage

Frankie Caridi leads the country in goals against average (5.60) and is second in save percentage (.527). She has anchored SBU’s top-ranked scoring defense that has held opponents to single-digits in 14 of its 16 games this season.

That’s Offensive

Stony Brook boasts a high-flying, run-and-gun offense that ranks second in the nation in goals per game (15.94). The Seawolves also own the nation’s best scoring margin (+10.38) and have reached double-digits in scoring in 13 games.


Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.56 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 (then-No. 3/3 Florida and BU) 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).

Envelope Please...

Stony Brook has captured eight weekly honors and has picked up at least one in seven of 11 weeks this year. Frankie Caridi has won a conference-high four  Defensive Player of the Week awards this season. On the national scene, Claire Petersen nabbed Nike National Player of the Week and Player of the Week honors after her record-setting night against Longwood when she dished out an NCAA record 11 helpers and tallied 13 points to set a new school mark.

2013 Stony Brook National Honors Player of the Week………….Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
Nike Player of the Week…………………..Claire Petersen (3/12/13)

2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards

Defensive Player of the Week………………Frankie Caridi (4/15/13)
Defensive Player of the Week………………Michelle Rubino (4/8/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………..Demmianne Cook (4/1/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…..Frankie Caridi (4/1/13)
Offensive Player of the Week…………….Demmianne Cook (3/25/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………….Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…..Frankie Caridi (3/4/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………….Claire Petersen (2/18/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…Frankie Caridi (2/18/13)

Petersen, Cook Named to Tewaaraton Watch List

Seniors Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook, two of the most prolific scorers in Stony Brook women’s lacrosse history, were named to the 2013 Tewaaraton watch list by The Tewaaraton Foundation on 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.

Fresh Faces

SBU adds nine newcomers 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.

2013 Newcomers

Jenna Demarinis (Fr., GK, 5-11) ................................... Howell, N.J./ Freehold Twp.
Natalie Marciniak (Fr., A/M, 5-5)...................................Ellicot City, M.D./ Mt. Hebron
Alyssa Fleming (Fr., D, 5-9) .................... Shoreham, N.Y./ Shoreham-Wading River
Courtney Boneillo (Fr., M, 5-6) ................................Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue
Kristen Palese (Fr., A, 5-7) .................................................Tarrytown, N.Y./Irvington
Shannon Coleman (Fr., A, 5-1) ..................................... Centereach, N.Y./Calhoun
Sarah Plunkett (Fr., D, 5-8) .......................Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park/St. Anthony’s
Kathryn Kuerner (Fr., M, 5-8) ................................Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North
Maegan Meritz (R-Fr., D, 5-6)...................................Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale 

Miss All-America

Claire Petersen, the America East Player of the Year and SBU’s first-ever women’s lacrosse All-American in 2012, was named to’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 101-9 (.918) all-time as a collegiate head coach.

Up Next

A win would pit Stony Brook against No. 2 Albany or No. 3 New Hampshire in the title game Sunday, May 5 at 12 p.m. at LaValle Stadium. The game will be streamed live on ESPN3.