No. 10/7 WLAX gets rematch with Albany in AE title game
May 4, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The No. 10/7 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team will take on the second-seeded, two-time defending champion Albany Great Danes in the America East championship game Sunday, May 5 at noon. The game, which is a rematch of last year's title game, will be streamed live on ESPN3 and played at LaValle Stadium.
Ticket prices are as follows:
$8- Adult (single session)
To purchase tickets in advance, please call 631-632-WOLF.
Credential requests from accredited media members must go through Jared Hager in the America East office at email@example.com. Media parking requests should go through Stony Brook Assistant Director of Athletic Communications, Beth Ann Clyde, at Elizabeth.Clyde@stonybrook.edu.
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Last Time Out
Down 2-1 early, Stony Brook (15-2, 6-0 AE) went on a 12-0 run to lock up its second-straight trip to the conference title game with an 18-4 win over Vermont (7-11, 2-4 AE) Friday afternoon at LaValle Stadium. Demmianne Cook netted a conference-record seven goals, the seventh of which was the 151st of her career, a new school record. The historic goal came on an assist from longtime teammate Claire Petersen, who tallied four points on one goal and three helpers in her return to the field. Frankie Caridi made 10 saves, setting a new school record for most stops in an America East Championship contest, as Stony Brook won its 10th-straight game. Janine Hillier poured in four goals and recorded one assist, while Alyssa Cardillo dished out three helpers.
Scouting the Great Danes
Albany (12-4, 5-1 AE) is seeking its third consecutive America East Championship after defeating New Hampshire, 13-6, Friday at LaValle Stadium. The Great Danes the conference's second-best scoring offense (14.31 goals per game) and scoring defense (7.27 goals per game). Rachel Burek leads the team with an average of 3.33 assists per game, while Kathleen Lennon is averaging a league-best 6.25 draws controls per contest.
Albany holds the 7-6 edge in the all-time series and is 2-0 against Stony Brook in America East Championship play, including last year's 9-7 win in the finals. The Seawolves have won the last two regular season meetings, besting the Great Danes, 9-2, on March 30 at LaValle Stadium.
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.
In her return to the field after a nearly month-long absence, Claire Petersen tallied four points on one goal and three assists, including dishing the helper on Demmianne Cook's record-setting 151st career goal. Petersen ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (3.17) and is 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 WomensLAX.com and Nike the following week.
The nation's leader in goals and goals per game, Demmianne Cook has posted an incredible, school-record 83 goals and is Stony Brook's all-time leading goal scorer with 151 career tallies. Cook, who has broken the program single-season goals record in back-to-back years, topped Kaitlin Leggio's career mark of 150. A dynamic midfielder and Stony Brook's first Tewaaraton nominee, she ranks 13th nationally in draw controls with 4.81 per contest.
Janine Hillier's five points Friday against Vermont helped Stony Brook secure its second-straight title game berth. The senior, who was selected first-team all-conference for the second consecutive year, sits eighth all-time at SBU in career points with 134 despite playing only two seasons at Stony Brook.
Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi leads the country in goals against average (5.50) and is second in save percentage (.541). She has anchored SBU's top-ranked scoring defense that has held opponents to single-digits in 15 of its 17 games this season.
Stony Brook boasts a high-flying, run-and-gun offense that ranks second in the nation in goals per game (16.06). The Seawolves also own the nation's best scoring margin (+10.6) and have reached double-digits in scoring in 14 games.
Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.47 goals per game. 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).
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 WLAX.com 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
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 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.
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.
Jenna Demarinis (Fr., GK, 5-11) ................................... Howell, N.J./ Freehold Twp.
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 102-9 (.919) all-time as a collegiate head coach.
A win would automatically qualify Stony Brook for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Seawolves currently rank 15th nationally in RPI, according to LAXPower.com, and would have to hope for an at-large bid in the expanded 26-team bracket should they lose.