Women's lacrosse challenges Albany for the title Saturday on ESPN3
May 4, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Women's Lacrosse
Game #19 • Albany Great Danes (11-5, 3-3 AE) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (14-4, 5-1 AE)
America East Final • Sat., May 5 • Nickerson Field • Boston, Mass. • 12 p.m.
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TODAY'S MATCHUP: The America East Championship will be decided today as Stony Brook goes for its first-ever conference title against defending champion Albany. In its first tournament appearance since 2007, the No. 2 seed Seawolves defeated UMBC on Thursday to reach its first-ever title game. Albany upset top-seed Boston University to advance to its third title game. This is the 12th all-time meeting between the two teams, and Albany leads the series 6-5. Stony Brook won this year’s matchup, 16-5. The two teams met once before in the tournament back in 2007 when the No. 4 seed Great Danes upset the top-seed Seawolves, 10-7. Albany went on to lose to Boston University in the final that year.
LAST TIME VS. ALBANY: Demmianne Cook scored six goals, and the Seawolves defense held Albany to just 16 shots in a 16-5 win on April 21. Claire Petersen added six points on two goals and four assists, and Michelle Rubino had two goals and three assists. SBU led 8-2 at halftme and never let the Great Danes get back into the game.
TOURNAMENT HISTORY: This is Stony Brook’s fourth appearance in the America East Championship in what is the program’s 10th season in the conference. This is the team’s first appearance since 2007, when the Seawolves won the conference regular season title but were then upset in the semifinals by Albany. Stony Brook is seeking its first tournament win and first appearance in the final.
WHAT A TURNAROUND: Stony Brook, under first-year head coach Joe Spallina, has executed the nation’s best turnaround from last season. After a four-win campaign in 2011, Stony Brook is 14-4 in 2012, a 10-win improvement. SBU also defeated a nationally ranked team for the first time ever - Johns Hopkins on March 3 - and became nationally ranked itself for the first time ever (No. 19 on March 12). The efforts were enough to earn Spallina America East Coach of the Year honors.
NCAA RANKINGS: A few Seawolves are challenging for NCAA statistical titles this season. Claire Petersen is second in the nation in points per game (6.13), third in overall points (98), second in assists per game (3.63) and third in overall assists (58). Demmianne Cook is the nation’s leader in goals (66) and is third in goals per game (3.67). Michelle Rubino is sixth in the country in draw controls per game (5.11).
AWARDS: SBU finished in second in America East and was rewarded with a slew of conference honors. Claire Petersen was named America East Player of the Year to headline a program-record six first-team All-Conference selections. She was the only unanimous selection to the team. Joining her on the first team were Janine Hillier, Demmianne Cook, Michelle Rubino, Melissa Rotante and Frankie Caridi. Jessica Romano was named to the second team, and Rubino, Amber Kupres and Marina Mestres were placed on the All-Rookie team.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Stony Brook has beefed up its offensive attack under Spallina. The Seawolves have set a program single-season record for goals with 256 this season, breaking the previous mark of 244. The 256 goals make for a resounding improvement from last season when Stony Brook scored only 145 goals.
2012 NCAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP AT STONY BROOK: Tickets to the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at LaValle Stadium are now on sale through the Stony Brook Athletics Ticket Office. The national semifinals take place on Friday, May 25 at 5:30 & 8 p.m., and the national championship game will be contested on Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. All-session and individual game tickets are available, and special discounts are available to groups of 20 or more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Championship Central.
UP NEXT: If Stony Brook wins, it will be crowned the America East champion for the first time ever and earn the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. If that happens, the NCAA selection show takes place Sunday at 9 p.m., live on NCAA.com, and a first round match would take place either Saturday, May 12 or Sunday, May 13.