February 27, 2013

Stony Brook Crushes Central Connecticut State

from press release

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. - Demmianne Cook posted a game-high six goals, while Janine Hiller notched six points on four goals and two helpers as the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team dominated Central Connecticut, 19-3, Wednesday afternoon at Arute Field.

Claire Petersen and Emily Mercier tallied five points apiece. Frankie Caridi made stopped five of the eight shots she faced in just under 57 minutes of play in net as Stony Brook improved to 2-1 on the season.

Morgan Tullar made 11 saves for Central Connecticut (0-2).

Coach's Reaction

"It was a nice non-conference victory. We played good team defense and earned a solid win on the road."

-- Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point

The Seawolves got off to an early 3-0 lead, but the Blue Devils netted two-straight goals to close the gap to one, 3-2, with 16:29 left until intermission. Stony Brook went on a tear from there, beginning with an unassisted tally by Janine Hillier less than 20 seconds later. With 15:23 remaining, the senior captain found Mercier for a goal, and Michelle Rubino followed with an unassisted score a little under one minute later as Stony Brook took a 6-2 advantage.

Hillier struck again on a free position shot at the 12:10 mark to put SBU in front by five, 7-2. Petersen, Mercier and Cook scored before the intermission as Stony Brook went into the locker room with a commanding 10-2 lead.

Hillier and Petersen notched back-to-back goals less than five minutes into the second stanza to cap off a 9-0 run that gave the Seawolves a 12-2 cushion.

By the Numbers

Petersen's five points came on a hat trick and two assists, while Mercier's came on a career-best four goals and one helper. This marks the first multi-goal game for Mercier, a junior midfielder and Adelphi transfer. Petersen took three shots, converting every one into a goal. Six different Seawolves tallied goals against the Blue Devils, with four scoring multiple times.Betsy Vendel, Mackenzy Ryan and Jessica Sudock accounted for CCSU's three goals, while Claire Healy registered the team's lone assist.Stony Brook won the draw control battle, 18-6.The Seawolves held a 31-18 advantage in ground balls and caused 11 of Central Connecticut's 27 turnovers.Rubino, Caridi and Justyne Passarelli paced SBU with four ground balls; while Passarelli and Cook also chipped in a game-best three caused turnovers apiece.Senior goalie Hannah Perruccio relieved Caridi with 3:07 to play, and the Seawolves' stifling defense and solid ball control prevented her from facing a single shot.

News and Notes

SBU matched its program mark for fewest goals allowed in the game, letting just three in the back of the cage for the third time in school history. Stony Brook also achieved the feat last season against Manhattan and in 2006 and 2004 while playing Siena and Long Island, respectively. SB owns a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with Central Connecticut. The Seawolves have outscored the Blue Devils 64-21 in the four meetings and have never allowed double-digit goals in a single game against CCSU. With 120 points during her tenure in Seawolves Country, Petersen is 10 shy of tying Diana Caroleo, who tallied 130 points from 2005-08, for sixth on SBU's all-time career points ledger. This is just Petersen's second season as a Seawolf after transferring from Adelphi for her junior year.With six goals, Cook jumps to eighth all-time at SB in career goals with 86. She is one away from tying Caroleo for seventh-place all-time. Cook, a senior transfer from Adelphi, is beginning just her second season in Seawolves Country.Cook also moved up on to seventh on SBU's all-time draw control register, tying Katie Savino with 73 career controlled draws after notching a game-high seven today. Rubino tallied four draw controls to take sole possession of four all-time at Stony Brook with 104 controlled draws.

Goal Summary

First Half
SBU: Mercier unassisted at 25:52, 1-0 SBU
SBU: Cook from Petersen at 24:15, 2-0 SBU
SBU: Petersen free position shot at 19:04, 3-0 SBU
CCSU: Sudock free position shot at 18:02, 3-1 SBU
CCSU: Vendel from Healy at 16:29, 3-2 SBU
SBU: Hillier unassisted at 16:12, 4-2 SBU
SBU: Mercier from Hillier at 15:23, 5-2 SBU
SBU: Rubino unassisted at 14:29, 6-2 SBU
SBU: Hillier free position shot at 12:10, 7-2 SBU
SBU: Petersen unassisted at 5:05, 8-2 SBU
SBU: Mercier free position shot at 4:00, 9-2 SBU
SBU: Cook from Mercier at 1:32, 10-2 SBU

Second Half
SBU: Hillier unassisted at 25:17, 11-2 SBU
SBU: Petersen from Amber Kupres at 25:03, 12-2 SBU
CCSU: Ryan free position goal at 23:45, 12-3 SBU
SBU: Cook unassisted at 23:26, 13-3 SBU
SBU: Cook unassisted at 22:33, 14-3 SBU
SBU: Hiller free position shot at 20:49, 15-3 SBU
SBU: Cook from Petersen at 16:12 ,16-3 SBU
SBU: Kupres from Hillier at 12:35, 17-3 SBU
SBU: Cook free position shot at 9:51, 18-3 SBU
SBU: Mercier unassisted at 1:11, 19-3 SBU

Up Next

The Seawolves play a neutral site game against Duquesne in Downingtown, Pa.

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