Cook tabbed America East Player of the Year

Cook is the nation's leading goal scorer
 
Cook is the nation's leading goal scorer
 
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May 2, 2013

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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Tewaaraton nominee Demmianne Cook of the No. 10/7 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team was named America East Co-Player of the Year, while the Seawolves racked up a conference-best 11 awards, including a league-leading eight all-conference honorees, at the annual awards reception held Thursday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Stony Brook, N.Y.    

This marks the second consecutive year Stony Brook has taken home the conference Player of the Year award as Claire Petersen won last season. Kaitlin Leggio was SBU's first-ever winner in 2007.

Cook, one of a league-best four Seawolves named first-team all-conference, is joined by senior attacker Janine Hillier, senior defender Melissa Rotante and junior goalie Frankie Caridi. All four student-athletes are repeat first-team selections.

Senior attacker Petersen, sophomore midfielder Michelle Rubino and freshman defender Alyssa Fleming all garnered second-team accolades. Fleming, who was one of just three freshmen on the second team, was also named to the All-Rookie squad.

Seniors Justyne Passarelli (defense) and Kaitlyn Harrison (midfield) were recognized for their strong performances on the field and in the classroom with a pair of all-academic nods.

The nation's leading goal scorer, Cook is the only player to total at least five points in every conference contest this season. She has recorded an unbelievable, school-record 76 goals this year, the best in Division I by a 13-goal margin, and is just seven scores shy of becoming SBU's all-time leading goal scorer despite having only played two seasons in Seawolves Country.

The senior midfielder leads the country in goals per game (4.75) and is seventh in points (82) and eighth in points per game (5.13). A dynamic, two-way player, Cook is 13th in the country in draw controls with 4.81 per contest. She has played a pivotal role on SBU's top-ranked scoring defense this season, leading the team and ranking third in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.44).

Cook is one of just two student-athletes in the league nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, with Danielle Etrasco of Boston University also still in the running for women's lacrosse's highest individual honor.

Hillier is Stony Brook's second-leading goal scorer and has reached 60 points and 40 goals in each of the last two seasons. Caridi ranks first in the country with a goals against average of 5.60 and is on pace to set the conference's single-season record for lowest GAA.  Rotante, a captain who has played four years at SBU, was selected for her stellar on-ball defense.

Petersen, who hails from Wantagh, N.Y., ranks fourth nationally in assists per game (3.17) and is sixth in points per game (5.25). She broke an NCAA single-game record for assists when she dished out 11 against Longwood March 9. Rubino is second on the team in draw controls (49) and third in goals (31) and ground balls (30). Only a freshman, Fleming has started and played in 15 games this season and is second on the squad in caused turnovers with 16.

Passarelli holds a 3.52 GPA in Health Sciences. A seven-time Dean's List honoree, she has played in 15 games this season, starting 14. Harrison boasts a 3.32 GPA in Health Sciences and has been named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll twice. She tallied five goals in a win over Boston University on April 21 to help SBU lock up the No. 1 seed for the 2013 America East Championship. Both Passarelli and Harrison are four-year members of the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team.

SBU, which claimed the outright regular season title for the first time in school history this year, begins postseason competition at home tomorrow afternoon against Vermont. First draw is slated for 4:30 p.m. at LaValle Stadium.