April 27, 2013

Stony Brook Stings Bing to Go Undefeated in AE

from press release

Stony Brook, N.Y. - On her Senior Day, Demmianne Cook continued to help the No. 10/9 Stony Brook women's lacrosse team make history, pouring in seven goals and controlling seven draws as the Seawolves clinched their first-ever outright America East regular season crown with a 17-6 win over Binghamton Saturday at LaValle Stadium.

The Nesconset, N.Y., native, who became Stony Brook women's lacrosse's first Tewaaraton nominee yesterday and pushed her school-record goal total to 76 today, also scooped up a game-best four ground balls and caused two turnovers. Senior Janine Hillier recorded two goals and one helper, while sophomore Michelle Rubino posted a hat trick and dished out one assist as Stony Brook moved to 14-2 overall and an unblemished 6-0 in America East action.

Hannah Perruccio, a senior who was instrumental to last year's remarkable 10-win turnaround, got the starting nod and made seven stops.

Katherine Hunsberger tallied four points on three goals and one assist, while Angela Vespa posted three goals for Binghamton (2-12, 1-5 AE).

Coach's Reaction: "Senior Day is always a different animal and very emotional. We talked about that a lot this week. While I think we let our emotions get the best of us a couple of times, I am proud of the way we played. We wanted to be the outright America East regular season champions, and now we are. All of our focus now turns to the America East Championship." --Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point: Alyssa Cardillo set up Cook for the first two goals of the game as the Seawolves took a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest. Rubino followed with a free position shot at 23:35, and Cook put in back-to-back scores to push the lead to five, 5-0, with 19:35 remaining in the first frame.

After a goal by Hunsberger at 16:46 made it 5-1, Kristen Stone was called for a foul on offense, and Stony Brook successfully cleared the ball.Emily Mercier charged towards the goal and found the back of the cage to put the Seawolves back up by five, 6-1, with just under 13 minutes to play.

Rubino put in a free position goal at the 10:51 mark of the first half, and Cardillo found fed Amber Kupres for a score as the lead expanded to seven, 8-1. The Seawolves led 12-3 at the break, and Cook added three of their five goals in the second stanza to give Stony Brook its first undefeated conference mark in program history.

The Numbers Game: Six different Seawolves found the back of the cage and four had multi-goal games. SeniorKaitlyn Harrison and sophomore Kupres tallied two goals apiece.Cardillo had a game-high three assists.Frankie Caridi made four saves in 20:39 of play.Justyne Passarelli picked up three ground balls and caused one turnover.Rubino and Kupres tallied two draw controls apiece, and Stony Brook controlled 15 draws to Binghamton's 10.SBU was a perfect 10-for-10 on clear attempts.

News and notes: Cook now has 144 career goals and is just six shy of tying Kaitlin Leggio for the most all-time by a Seawolf and five away from passing Amy Taylor for second all-time. Cook has only played two seasons for Stony Brook.Cook has hit the seven-goal mark four times this season (at Bucknell, vs. Iona, vs. Fresno State and vs. Binghamton). It is the second-most in SBU single-game history, with her 10-goal outburst against Monmouth last year still holding the top-spot. Hillier has 129 career points, one shy of matching Dianna Caroleo for eighth all-time on Stony Brook's career points ledger. Hillier transferred from Florida last year for her junior season.Hillier's 40 goals this season are the seventh-most in Stony Brook single-season history.SBU honored seniors Cook, Harrison, Hillier Passarelli, Perruccio, Claire Petersen and Melissa Rotante prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony. The Class of 2013 has helped SBU achieve a remarkable turnaround, going from a four-win team in 2011 to a top-10 squad in 2013.SBU is the 15th team to finish America East play with a perfect record. Of the 14 previous teams to accomplish the feat, 11 have gone on to win the conference championship.

Up Next: Stony Brook will be the No. 1 seed in the America East Championship and will play No. 4 Vermont Friday, May 3 at 4:30 p.m. at LaValle Stadium. The winner will advance to the finals, slated for May 5 at noon at LaValle, against No. 2 Albany or No. 3 New Hampshire. The title game will be streamed live on ESPN3.

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