March 27, 2012

Stony Brook Drubs Iona; Seven Seawolves Score

from press release

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Seven different Stony Brook women's lacrosse players scored goals, led by junior Demmianne Cook's five, as the Seawolves defeated Iona, 18-5, Tuesday afternoon at Mazzella Field. 

Stony Brook has won two matches in a row and improves to 7-3 on the season as it embarks on America East play this coming weekend. Stony Brook is also now 3-0 this season against members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Iona slips to 5-4 on the year.

Cook's five goals brought her to 38 on the season, just nine shy of tying the Stony Brook single-season record. She has posted a hat trick or more in seven of her 10 games this season and three times has scored five or more goals. In addition to her scoring output, junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and senior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) also notched hat tricks, scoring four and three goals, respectively.

Junior Claire Petersen continued her pace as one of the nation's leading point scorers by putting up two goals and five assists for a seven-point day. It is the fifth time in eight games this season she has posted at least seven points in a match.

Other Seawolves goal scorers included sophomore Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.), freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.) and freshman Kelly Kuerner (Lake Grove, N.Y.). Rubino added eight draw controls, and Cook had three caused turnovers to her credit.

The Gaels were led by Kylie Gregory and Casey Scully, who each scored two goals in the losing effort.

"It was a good workman-like effort today," head coach Joe Spallina said. "I was happy with the way we competed between the lines, winning the draw controls and playing great overall team defense. The scoring was spread out among seven players which is a great sign going into conference play."

The Gaels posted the game's first goal less than a minute into the action when Gregory scored at 29:14, but it was all Seawolves thereafter. Stony Brook scored 10 unanswered goals to end the half and go into the break up 10-1.

Kuerner pumped in two goals, including one at 5:49 to put Stony Brook up 5-1. The Seawolves then ended the first half with five goals in less than 90 seconds. Petersen scored with 1:31 remaining in the first half. SBU then won the draw control, and Cook fed Ford for a goal just 10 seconds later. Hillier popped in a pair of goals just 21 seconds apart before Ford tallied another goal with 16 seconds remaining to make it 10-1.

In the second half, Cook went off for four goals, including three in a span of less than three minutes that put Stony Brook on top 13-2 and put the game out of reach.

Stony Brook outshot the Gaels 29-11.

The Seawolves now turn their attention to America East play as they seek a return to the America East Championship for the first time in five years and a shot at the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. The first test comes Saturday at Binghamton at 12 p.m.

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