No. 10/9 Women's lacrosse faces Towson in NCAA First Round
May 8, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – After winning the 2013 America East Championship, the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will play in its first NCAA Tournament game Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m. when it takes on Towson in College Park, Md.
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Last Time Out
Janine Hillier tallied six points on three goals and three assists, while Demmianne Cook and Emily Mercier also added hattricks as Stony Brook (16-2) dethroned the two-time defending champion Albany Great Danes (12-5), 14-3, to secure its first-ever NCAA berth and America East title. Cook also added five draw controls, one caused turnover and one ground ball. Frankie Caridi stopped four shots, and SBU’s stifling defense, which surrendered a conference tournament-record seven goals in two games, completely blanked Rachael Burek. Up 6-3 early in the second half, the Seawolves ended the game on an 8-0 run to avenge last year’s title-game loss to their archrivals. Hillier was tabbed Most Outstanding Player.
Scouting the Tigers
Towson (10-8) is making its sixth overall and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance after capturing the CAA title with a win over Hofstra in the final game. The Tigers have won three consecutive games and nine of their last 10. CAA Co-Player of the Year Ashleigh Rohrback paces the team with 19 goals and a team-high 30 helpers. Rhiannon Coogle has chipped in 41 goals and five assists for Towson, while Kelsea Donnelly enters the contest with a .456 save percentage.
This is the first meeting between the two squads.
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 are currently ranked No. 9 in the media poll and have been at No. 10 in the IWLCA Coaches’ Poll for five straight weeks.
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, as SBU downed Vermont in the conference semifinals. She chipped in one goal and one assist against Albany in the title game. Petersen ranks fifth nationally in assists per game (3.0) and is eighth in points per game (4.93). On March 9, she tallied an NCAA record 11 assists to top the previous mark 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 86 goals and is Stony Brook’s all-time leading goal scorer with 154 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 12th nationally in draw controls with 5.06 per contest.
Janine Hillier posted six points in the title game against Albany and 11 throughout the Seawolves’ two-game America East Championship run en route to Most Outstanding Player honors. She ranks 20th nationally and second on the team in points with 72 and has netted 47 goals in back-to-back seasons.
Caridi in the Cage
Frankie Caridi leads the country in goals against average (5.36) and save percentage (.543). She has anchored SBU’s top-ranked scoring defense that has held opponents to single-digits in 16 of its 18 games this season and surrendered just seven goals in the conference tournament, an all-time low.
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 (+10.61) and have reached double-digits in scoring in 15 games.
Not to be outdone, the SBU is tops in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up an average of just 5.33 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 captured eight weekly honors and 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)
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.
Petersen, Cook Named to Tewaaraton Watch List
The Tewaaraton Foundation named seniors Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook, two of the most prolific scorers in Stony Brook women’s lacrosse history, to the 2013 Tewaaraton watch list 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.
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.
The winner will play top-seeded and No. 1/1 Maryland in the second round Sunday, May 12 in College Park, Md. First draw is slated for noon at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.