May 29, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Claire Petersen of the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has been named a third-team All-American by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), it was announced Sunday night during the final of the 2012 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Petersen becomes Stony Brook's first-ever women's lacrosse All-American.
Last week, Petersen and junior Demmianne Cook were both named first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region by the IWLCA, and junior Janine Hillier was placed on the second team.
Petersen set numerous program records en route to the best season in Stony Brook history. She posted a school-record 101 points on a program-best 59 assists and 42 goals. She finished second in the nation in points, points per game (5.94), assists and assists per game (3.47).
The school's record holder for single-game points (10) and assists (7), Petersen claimed 2012 America East Player of the Year honors after scoring a conference record 42 points during the season's six conference games.
Cook broke the program record for goals in a game (9) and a season (68) and finished as one of the nation's best two-way players. In addition to her 68 goals, she posted nine assists, 61 draw controls, 37 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers. She ranked third in the country in goals per game (3.58) on her way to first-team All-America East honors.
Hillier also enjoyed a standout season with 47 goals and 21 assists, which placed her second on the team in both categories. She ranked 48th in the nation in points per game at 3.58.
Under head coach Joe Spallina, the Seawolves posted the best turnaround in the country in 2012, improving their record by 10 wins. Stony Brook reached the final of the America East Championship for the first time ever and posted its first-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent. The Seawolves will return 97 percent of their goal scoring in 2013.