Hillier, Cook shine at North-South Senior All-Star Game

Cook and Hillier (far right) helped lead the Seawolves to their first America East crown
 
Cook and Hillier (far right) helped lead the Seawolves to their first America East crown
 
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May 28, 2013

IWLCA Recap

Radnor, Pa. – Janine Hillier and Demmianne Cook of the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team put exclamation points on their stellar collegiate careers Saturday by tallying three points apiece to help lift the North over the South, 9-8, in the IWLCA/Under Armour North-South Senior All-Star Game at Cabrini College.

Hillier netted a team-high three goals, while Cook chipped in two tallies and one assist.

As they did so many times in SBU red, Cook and Hillier got the North off to a hot start by stashing away the first and second goals of the game, respectively, about six minutes into the game. The South went on a 6-1 run for a 6-3 advantage before Hillier tallied the final goal of the opening frame to bring her side within two at the break.

Cook helped the North come out of the locker room strong when she drilled a free position shot to make it 6-5.

With the North down one, 7-6, with 10:57 to play, Hillier found the back of the cage for the third time to knot the score at 7-7.

The game-winner came off a goal by Notre Dame’s Jenny Granger, who converted a feed from Cori Murray (Princeton) with 2:58 left in regulation, and Hillier secured the victory by controlling her second draw of the game.

The contest capped off a fantastic ride for Cook and Hillier, who helped Stony Brook achieve a meteoric rise to national prominence during their two years as Seawolves, which included the program’s first-ever top 10 national ranking and conference crown this season. The senior duo tallied 14 points apiece during the SBU’s four-game postseason run and combined for five in its first NCAA Tournament game, an 8-6 win over Towson on May 10.

Hillier, who hails from Farmingdale, N.Y., was named Most Outstanding Player of the America East Championship after totaling 11 points during the triumphant two-game span. She ranked 20th in all of Division I in points with 75, while the 49 goals she scored rank third in SBU single-season history. The senior captain tallied 143 points during her career as a Seawolf, the seventh-most all-time at Stony Brook. Hillier is sixth in career goals and assists at SBU with 96 and 47, respectively.

Cook leaves as the most prolific goal scorer in school history with 158 career tallies and is fifth all-time in points with 173. She netted a remarkable 90 goals in 2013, the most in the nation by a 19-goal margin and the sixth best output in NCAA single-season history.  A senior captain, Cook ranked first nationally in goals per game (4.5), fifth in points (96), eighth in points per game (4.8) and 12th in draw controls per game (4.8). The Nesconset, N.Y., native has nabbed multiple postseason accolades, including a Tewaaraton nomination and All-America status.

Scoring

North: Hillier (3+0), Cook (2+1), Etrasco (2+0), Mangan (1+0), Granger (1+0), Burek (0+1)

South: DePompeo (3+0), Jackson (2+0), Parcell (1+0), Swavola (1+0), Oliverio (1+0)   

Goalkeepers

North: Hicks (30 mins, 4 svs, 6 GA); Hilling (30 mins, 7 svs, 2 GA)

South: Kolarik (60 mins, 6 svs, 9 GA)

Shots: North 20, South 24

Draws: North 8, South 11 (Poplawski 4)

Ground balls: North 6, South 6

Turnovers: North 12, South 7

Caused turnovers: North 1, South 4

FP attempts: North 2, South 7