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Nov. 28, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team has been included in ILWomen.com's 2013 preseason rankings. The Seawolves check in at No. 18 after a turnaround 2012 season under head coach Joe Spallina.

The Seawolves are the highest ranked team in America East, just ahead of defending America East champion Albany, who comes in at No. 20.

In his first season at the helm of the Seawolves, Spallina led Stony Brook to the nation's best turnaround, taking a four-win team and turning it into a 14-win team. The Seawolves advanced to their first-ever America East Championship final where they fell just short of winning the crown.

Spallina, the 2012 America East Coach of the Year, returns 19 letterwinners from last season's team, including 2012 America East Player of the Year and third-team All-American Claire Petersen and first-team All-America East stars Demmianne Cook, Janine Hillier, Michelle Rubino, Melissa Rotante and Frankie Caridi.

Full ILWomen.com 2013 Preseason Rankings
1. Syracuse Orange
2. Florida Gators
3. Northwestern Wildcats
4. North Carolina Tar Heels
5. Maryland Terrapins
6. Duke Blue Devils
7. Loyola Greyhounds
8. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
9. Penn State Nittany Lions
10. Penn Quakers
11. Dartmouth Big Green
12. Virginia Cavaliers
13. Georgetown Hoyas
14. Massachusetts Minutemen
15. Harvard Crimson
16. Johns Hopkins Blue Jays
17. Towson Tigers
18. Stony Brook Seawolves
19. Boston College Eagles
20. Albany Great Danes