Women's lacrosse enjoying strong fall season

Joe Spallina

Oct. 4, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team is enjoying a strong start to its fall ball season. Over the last two weekends, the Seawolves have won all seven games they have played and look forward to nine more games over the next three weeks.

Stony Brook opened fall play at a Massachusetts tournament on Sept. 22 and defeated UMass, New Hampshire and Connecticut. Then on Sept. 30, the Seawolves participated in the fourth annual Nick Colleluori Women's Lacrosse Classic at Hofstra, defeating LIU-Post, Villanova, Central Connecticut and La Salle.

This weekend, Oct. 6, the Seawolves will host Adelphi and Massachusetts. On Oct. 13 at Columbia, Stony Brook will take on Wagner, Iona, USC and Columbia. To wrap up fall play, the Seawolves will travel to Manhasset High School to face Yale, Fairfield and Syracuse.

Stony Brook is led by head coach Joe Spallina, who is in his second season at the helm. In his first year, Spallina orchestrated the nation's best turnaround, leading the Seawolves to a program-record 14 wins after the team had only four victories in 2011. Spallina's Seawolves reached the America East Championship final for the first time in program history and recorded their first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent, a 15-14 victory over Johns Hopkins.

Among the returners for 2013 are America East Player of the Year and third-team IWLCA All-American Claire Petersen and first-team All-America East players Demmianne Cook, Janine Hillier, Michelle Rubino, Melissa Rotante and Frankie Caridi.