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May 11, 2013

College Park, Md. -

Fresh off a win in its first-ever NCAA Tournament game, the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team will rumble with top-seeded, No. 1/1 Maryland Sunday, May 12 at noon in College Park, Md.

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1. .@SBWLAX held Maryland to its lowest goal total of the season (8) when the 2 teams met March 17 #DFENCE #beLIeve
2. Sophomore Amber Kupres netted a game-high three goals against Towson #Seawolves #futureisbright  
3. .@SBWLAX topped Towson in its first-ever @NCAA Tournament game, 8-6 #Seawolves
4. .@SBWLax has held 17 of 19 opponents to single-digits in scoring. @Frankiecaridi made 7 saves vs. Towson #DFENCE
5. .@Demmifizzle, @CVPetersen and @JA_N1NE combined for 8 pts. vs. Towson #DemIsCookin #PointsforPetersen #HothandedHillier

Last Time Out


Frankie Caridi made seven stops in net as Stony Brook (17-2) topped Towson (10-9), 8-6, to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Amber Kupres netted three goals, while Janine Hillier tallied two goals and dished out an assist. Demmianne Cook scored two goals, picked up five ground balls, controlled three draws and caused three turnovers, and her longtime teammate, Claire Petersen, dished out a game-high three assists to help Stony Brook win its 12th-straight game and first in an NCAA tournament.

Scouting the Terps    
Maryland (19-0) is the top-seed and arguably the favorite to win the NCAA title. The Terps, who won the ACC championship, are paced by a pair of Tewaaraton contenders in Alex Aust and Katie Schwarzmann, who won the prestigious honor last season.  Aust has a team-high 108 points on 60 goals and 48 assists, while Schwarzmann has 51 goals, 23 helpers and 37 draw controls. Kasey Howard, Maryland’s primary netminder, has posted a goals against average of 8.39 and has made 112 saves in net.

Series History
This is the fourth meeting between the two squads and third in the past two seasons. Maryland and Stony Brook squared off on March 17 at LaValle Stadium, and the Terps put the game away late with a three-goal run. The Seawolves have not lost since. Maryland holds the 3-0 advantage of the all-time series.

Movin’ on Up
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.

#PointsforPetersen
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.

#DemIsCookin
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.
 
#HotHandedHillier
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.

That’s Offensive
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.

DFENCE
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).

Envelope Please...
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)
Nike Player of the Week…………………..Claire Petersen (3/12/13)

2013 Stony Brook America East Conference Weekly Awards
Defensive Player of the Week………………Frankie Caridi (4/15/13)
Defensive Player of the Week………………Michelle Rubino (4/8/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………..Demmianne Cook (4/1/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…..Frankie Caridi (4/1/13)
Offensive Player of the Week…………….Demmianne Cook (3/25/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………….Claire Petersen (3/11/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…..Frankie Caridi (3/4/13)
Offensive Player of the Week……………….Claire Petersen (2/18/13)
Defensive Player of the Week…………….…Frankie Caridi (2/18/13)

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.
    
Fresh Faces
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.

2013 Newcomers
Jenna Demarinis (Fr., GK, 5-11) ................................... Howell, N.J./ Freehold Twp.
Natalie Marciniak (Fr., A/M, 5-5)...................................Ellicot City, M.D./ Mt. Hebron
Alyssa Fleming (Fr., D, 5-9) .................... Shoreham, N.Y./ Shoreham-Wading River
Courtney Boneillo (Fr., M, 5-6) ................................Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue
Kristen Palese (Fr., A, 5-7) .................................................Tarrytown, N.Y./Irvington
Shannon Coleman (Fr., A, 5-1) ..................................... Centereach, N.Y./Calhoun
Sarah Plunkett (Fr., D, 5-8) .......................Kings Park, N.Y./Kings Park/St. Anthony’s
Kathryn Kuerner (Fr., M, 5-8) ................................Lake Grove, N.Y./Sachem North
Maegan Meritz (R-Fr., D, 5-6)...................................Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale

Miss All-America
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.

Up Next
An upset would advance SBU to the NCAA Quarterfinals where it would play Duke or Navy May 18 or 19.