February 19, 2012

Petersen Sets Stony Brook Assist Record in Debut

from staff reports

STONY BROOK, N.Y.  -- Junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) set a Stony Brook women's lacrosse single-game record with seven assists and tied the school record for single-game points with nine in leading the Seawolves to a 18-5 win over Central Connecticut State Sunday at LaValle Stadium.

The previous Seawolves assist record was six, set by Carlee Buck in 2005 and matched by Kaitlin Leggio in 2008. The two of them now share the total points record with Petersen.

It was Petersen's Stony Brook debut. The Adelphi transfer was suspended for the Seawolves' first two games because of a violation of team rules.

Junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) and freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) each tallied three goals to lead the Seawolves.

Stony Brook has now won three straight to open the season, the third time in program history the Seawolves have started the season 3-0.

"It was a solid effort and we got contributions from a lot of people," head coach Joe Spallina said. "The effort was a strong indication of the focus of this team. We're a young team, starting six freshmen and three sophomores, and its only going to get better as time goes.

"It's a strong testament to Claire Petersen's abilities that in her first Div. I game, she'd break a standing school record. Something tells me she'll break her own record soon."

Petersen, making her Seawolves debut, made her presence felt just 13 seconds into the match when she set up junior Janine Hillier for a goal to put the Seawolves on top 1-0. Hillier then picked up an assist when she fed Kupres inside for a goal 1:12 later.

Petersen hooked up with Cook for a pair of goals midway through the first half. At 10:10, Hillier set up a sophomore Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) goal that made it a 9-0 game.

Just before the half ended, Cook was fouled and earned decent position near the goal. With two seconds remaining, she took the ball and swept it past the Blue Devils goalie, sending the Seawolves into halftime leading 10-1.

In the second half, it was more Petersen as she assisted on goals by Kupres and Hillier to make it a 12-1 game. She notched her first two goals of the season at 20:28 and 14:44 to make it 14-1, and it was 16-1 after she assisted on a freshman Ava Fitzgerald (Merrick, N.Y.) goal at 12:18.

In the end, nine different Seawolves tallied goals. Stony Brook had 42 shots, 27 on goal, and also had a decisive 15-6 advantage in draw controls, led by freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.), who had 11 of the 15.

Central Connecticut State had five different goal scorers and was led by Ashley Perkoski, who had two assists, one ground ball and one draw control.

Stony Brook will now hit the road for the first time in 2012, taking on Monmouth next Sunday, Feb. 26, in West Long Branch, N.J., at 1 p.m.


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