Win streak at seven as No. 10/11 WLAX throttles UNH, 16-6

Hillier dished out a game-high four assists and controlled three draws at UNH.
 
Hillier dished out a game-high four assists and controlled three draws at UNH.
 
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April 13, 2013

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Durham, N.H. - Fueled by 10 combined points by seniors Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier, the No. 10/11 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team blew past New Hampshire, 16-6, Saturday afternoon at Memorial Field to match a school record for consecutive victories with seven straight wins.

Cook's points came on five goals, while Hillier netted one and dished out four assists. Sophomore Michelle Rubino tallied four goals, and Frankie Caridi stopped eight shots for Stony Brook (12-2, 4-0 AE).

Kathleen O'Keefe made eight saves for UNH (4-9, 1-3 AE).

Coach's Reaction

"It was complete team effort. We played with urgency on both ends of the field. We're starting to get closer to where we want to be at the most important time of the year."

--Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning point

Following six minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Cook was awarded a free position shot after being fouled by Casey Doyle. The senior found the back of the cage to give the Seawolves a 1-0 lead.

Stony Brook struck again about a minute and a half later, when Hillier found Alyssa Cardillo in front of the net. Cardillo spun past the Wildcats' defense and scored as SBU grabbed a 2-0 advantage.

The Wildcats won the ensuing draw, but an errant pass went into their empty cage for an own goal and a 3-0 lead for Stony Brook.

The Seawolves continued to run-and-gun, as Amber Kupres and Rubino put in goals to give SBU a five-goal cushion, 5-0, at the 20:14 mark of the first half. At 18:07, Hillier found Cook on the doorstep for a tally to push the score to 6-0. Just 45 ticks later, Rubino plowed through traffic and netted a top-shelf goal for a 7-0 SBU lead.

After being fouled by Cori Rees, Cook leaped and placed the ball into the top left corner of the cage on a free position shot to put Stony Brook ahead by eight, 8-0, with 15:05 until the break.

The onslaught continued, with Emily Mercier tallying back-to-back goals, as SBU took a commanding 10-0 lead at the 12:55 mark of the first half.

The Seawolves were in front, 12-2, at the break and stifled the Wildcats on both ends of the field in the second frame for their seventh straight win. 

The Numbers Game

  • Seven different Seawolves registered a goal, with three posting multi-goal games.
  • Stony Brook went 14-for-22 in the draw control circle, as Cook tallied a game-best six draw controls.
  • Cook, Melissa Rontante and UNH's Kathleen O'Keefe picked up game-highs in ground balls with three apiece, and the Seawolves led in the statistical category, 15-10.
  • Caridi, Rotante and Justyne Passarelli each caused a turnover for SBU.
  • Laura Puccia and Amber Casiano scored two goals apiece to lead the UNH offense.

News and Notes

  • With the win and a loss by Binghamton at Boston this afternoon, the Seawolves have punched their ticket to the America East Championship, which will be played on the highest seed's field. They are the first squad to do so this season.
  • Stony Brook matches its school record for consecutive victories with seven straight wins, which it set in 2007. The streak began with a 21-3 rout of Iona on March 20. 
  • The Wildcats previously lost to three ranked opponents by just one goal, most recently falling to No. 19 Boston College, 10-9, in overtime, but the Seawolves blew them out by 10.
  • This marks the 13th time this season SBU has held an opponent to single-digits in scoring.
  • Cook now has 65 goals on the season and is just three shy of matching her own program record of 68, which she set last year. The senior is tied with Melissa Cook for sixth on Stony Brook's career points ledger with 147 and is fourth all-time in SBU single-season history with 70 points, just one away from matching Kelly Leggio for third. Classmate and fellow-captain Claire Petersen holds the school record of 101.
  • Hillier moved into a tie with Diana Caroleo for sixth-place on Stony Brook's career assist ledger with 43 helpers.
  • Cook has 61 draw controls on the season, which matches her total from last year and is the third-most for a Seawolf in a single-season. Rubino, who controlled one draw today, broke the program mark last season when she racked up 94 draw controls.

Up Next

SBU opens up a two-game homestand to conclude its regular season, beginning with Boston University Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m. If the Seawolves take down the Terriers, they would lock up the right to host the America East Championship, which is slated for May 3 and May 5.