Women's lacrosses faces off with UMBC in the AE Semis
May 2, 2012
2012 Stony Brook Women's Lacrosse
Game #18 • UMBC Retrievers (8-8, 3-3 AE) vs. Stony Brook Seawolves (13-4, 5-1 AE)
America East Semifinals • Thu., May 3 • Nickerson Field • Boston, Mass. • 4 p.m.
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TODAY'S MATCHUP: Stony Brook begins its quest for its first-ever America East Championship and NCAA Tournament bid with a semifinal match against UMBC. This is the 10th all-time matchup between these two teams and the first in tournament play. UMBC leads the series 8-1, but the Seawolves won this year’s meeting, 16-6, at LaValle Stadium.
LAST TIME VS. UMBC: On April 4, Stony Brook and UMBC battled in what was a tight first half. SBU led 4-3 at halftime in what was a turnover-plagued half - nine by SBU, eight by UMBC. In the second half, however, Stony Brook turned up the defense, and Janine Hillier scored six goals in the half as the Seawolves won 16-6.
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 13-4 in 2012, a nine-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 (6.2), third in overall points (93), second in assists per game (3.6) and third in overall assists (54). Demmianne Cook is the nation’s leader in goals (66) and is third in goals per game (3.88). Michelle Rubino is sixth in the country in draw controls per game (5.12).
AWARDS: Stony Brook finished in second in America East and was rewarded with a slew of America East 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 247 this season, breaking the previous mark of 244. The 247 goals is 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 play in its first-ever America East Championship final in a bid for its first-ever conference title and NCAA Tournament berth. The Seawolves would face either top seed Boston University or Albany Saturday at 12 p.m., and the game will stream live on ESPN3.