Saturday, April 7, 2012

Records fall in women's lacrosse 21-13 win over Vermont

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) tied her own Stony Brook women's lacrosse single-game record with 10 points on seven goals and three assists to lead the Seawolves to a 21-13 win over Vermont Saturday at LaValle Stadium.

With 31 goals and 43 assists for 74 points this season, Petersen became Stony Brook's all-time single-season leader in assists and points. She surpassed Carlee Buck's previous assist record of 42 and surpassed Kaitlin Leggio's previous points record of 71.

Junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) scored six goals on the day and set a new single-season goals record, surpassing the previous record of 47, held by Amy Taylor. Cook, who has scored six or more goals four times this season, now has 51 goals for the year. Cook also added 10 draw controls in the game.

In addition to Petersen and Cook's big days, junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) had four goals and a season-high five assists. Freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.) had two goals, an assist and four draw controls. Senior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) had a goal and an assist, and freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) chipped in a goal.

Stony Brook has won five straight matches and is now 10-3 overall and 3-0 in America East, matching the 2007 Seawolves for best conference start in program history. The Seawolves are a half-game behind Boston University for first place in the league and will battle the Terriers next Saturday with the winner gaining control of first.

"It's a huge conference win for us," head coach Joe Spallina said. "We're 3-0 and at the top of our conference, which is where we want to be. Overall, today was a good team effort. I thought we were a little loose on defense in the second half, but on offense we had a good flow and moved the ball well.

"I'm happy for Claire and Demmianne. Their records are outstanding individual achievements, and I'm not surprised they did it. They are so talented that they will continue to add to those records and probably wind up breaking them again next year."

The first half was all Stony Brook as the Seawolves found the back of the net 13 times. Within the first 3:13 of the game, Hillier, Cook and Petersen all scored goals to give SBU a 3-0 advantage.

Vermont got within one, 3-2, but Cook and Hillier scored again to make it 5-2. After Sydney Mas scored a goal at 19:42 to make it 5-3, the Seawolves blew the game open with six straight goals in a span of 10:53. Petersen scored back-to-back goals 13 seconds apart to open the run. Cook scored three straight goals to close the run, the first one at 13:33 was the record-setting goal. Her last one at 7:49 off a pass from Petersen put Stony Brook on top 11-3.

Rubino scored on a free position attempt with 10 seconds remaining to send SBU into halftime leading 13-5.

In the second half, the teams traded goals four times as the Catamounts tried to stay in the game with the powerful Seawolves. Petersen notched her record-breaking assist and point on a Cook goal at 22:37 to make it 16-8 in favor of Stony Brook.

Ford and Petersen sewed up the game with goals at 19:38 and 17:19 to make it 18-9. Hillier then displayed athleticism by taking the ball down the field past three defenders to score at 11:03 and then again at 10:02. Petersen scored the final goal of the game on a nifty pass from Hillier that found her wide open in front of the net, completing her 10-point afternoon.

All told, Stony Brook outshot Vermont 39-22 and won the draw control battle 23-13. Vermont turned the ball over 23 times, 12 forced by the Seawolves.

Stony Brook will play its final non-conference game of the regular season Wednesday when it hosts Yale at LaValle Stadium at 3 p.m. The Seawolves will resume America East competition next Saturday, April 14 at Boston University at 1 p.m.