April 21, 2012

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Stony Brook Hammers Albany to Clinch No. 2 Seed

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. - Junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) scored six goals, junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) posted two goals and four assists, and freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.) added two goals and three assists to lead the Stony Brook women's lacrosse team to a 16-5 win over Albany Saturday at John Fallon Field.

The win improves Stony Brook's record to 12-4 overall and 4-1 in America East. The Seawolves have now clinched the No. 2 seed in the upcoming America East Championship and will make their first appearance in the tournament since 2007. Albany falls to 9-5 overall and 2-3 in America East, leaving the Great Danes in a three-way tie for the final spot in the America East Championship.

Cook's six goals mark her 11th hat trick of the season and the fifth time she's posted six goals or more in a match. She came into the game second in the nation in goals per game and now has 63 goals for the year.

Petersen continues pacing the nation in points with her 11th game of five points or more. She now has 36 goals and 50 assists for the year.

Senior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Emily Mercier (Rocky Point, N.Y.) each scored two goals. Freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) lit the lamp once.

Besides the strong offensive performance, Stony Brook's defense was on display, holding Albany to just 16 shots total and only 12 on goal. Rubino caused two turnovers and controlled four draws. Cook also caused a turnovers and controlled five draws. In net, junior Hannah Perruccio (Rochester, N.Y.) stopped seven shots, including three on free position attempts.

Albany was led by Amanda Pollock's two goals and one assist.

"The success we had today was a direct reflection of the type of effort we put in at practice this week," Spallina said. "It is no surprise that a good week of practice leads to a good game. We have to use this as a building block and continue to improve on a day-in, day-out basis.

"Hannah played a tremendous game today. She stepped in and showed that she can play at a high level. We're happy and not surprised with her effort today."

Albany won the opening draw and scored two and a half minutes into the game on Jess Antelmi goal, but it was all Seawolves after that. Cook quickly answered the Albany goal with one of her own on a pass from Petersen at 25:54 to tie the game. That sparked a five-goal outburst that included two from Rubino. Hillier scored at 11:06 to make it 5-1.

Mercier scored goals twice in the final 7:19 of the first half to help send Stony Brook into halftime leading 8-2.

Cook opened the second half of the game with a goal. She won the ensuing draw control, and less than 10 seconds later, Petersen found Ford open for a goal to make it 10-2.

After Rachael Burek scored for Albany, the Seawolves scored the next four goals to put the game away. Ford scored on a Hillier pass, Petersen connected on a free position shot and Cook added her fourth and fifth goals of the game to make it 14-3.

Cook scored her sixth goal with 4:31 remaining to finish off the scoring for the day.

Stony Brook will close out the regular season next Saturday against New Hampshire at LaValle Stadium at 1 p.m. The team will honor its outgoing seniors, who will play their final home game as Seawolves, in a pre-game ceremony.


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