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Stony Brook women add four Long Island transfers from Adelphi

Tuesday, 30th August 2011

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Recruiting, Posted 8/30/11
From Press Releases

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team has welcomed four transfers from Adelphi University who will play for the Seawolves in the upcoming 2012 season, head coach Joe Spallina announced today.

Headlining the transfers is 2011 IWLCA Div. II National Attacker of the Year Claire Petersen, who will have two years of eligibility remaining. The Wantagh, N.Y., native and Wantagh High School graduate scored 182 points in 2011, including 57 goals and an NCAA-leading 125 assists. The 182 points and 125 assists were both NCAA single-season records. She helped Adelphi win back-to-back national championships and was the Most Outstanding Player at the 2011 NCAA Div. II Championship. She is a two-time All-American, and, in her two seasons at Adelphi, she has posted 310 points on 104 goals and 206 assists.

“Claire is an amazingly skilled lacrosse player,” Spallina said. “Her stick skills are unparalleled, she has incredible field vision and she has an ability to make the people around her better, which is what all superstars do.”

Demmianne Cook also joins the Seawolves with two years of eligibility remaining, as she is coming off a 2011 campaign that saw her win IWLCA Midfielder of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. She too is a two-time All-American and has posted 120 points in her two seasons at Adelphi, including 97 goals. Cook is from Nesconset, N.Y., and played high school lacrosse at Smithtown East.

“Demi is one of the most dynamic midfielders I have ever seen,” Spallina said. “She is a game changer and an end-to-end midfielder who plays with a hyperactive tenacity. Her presence in the midfield will give us instant credibility, and she is the exact type of student-athlete we hope to consistently recruit to build this program.”

Frankie Caridi, who is a Commack High School graduate and native of East Northport, N.Y., comes to the Seawolves after a banner freshman campaign at Adelphi and will have three years of eligibility remaining. She was named the 2011 IWLCA Goalkeeper of the Year and first-team All-American after finishing the year undefeated and sporting an NCAA-best 5.91 goals against average and .564 save percentage. She twice shut out her opponents, and had 46 ground balls, which ranked second on the team.

“Frankie was an incredible goalkeeper last season,” Spallina said. “She has a propensity of making the huge save and starting the offensive transition the other way. She is an unbelievably skilled goalie, and everyone knows the cornerstone to every great team is a great goalie.”

Emily Mercier, a native of Rocky Point, N.Y., and a Rocky Point High School graduate, is a midfielder with three years of eligibility remaining. She played in 14 games last season and had seven goals and two assists in her transition to collegiate lacrosse. At Rocky Point, she was an All-Suffolk County performer.

“I have known Emily a long time, and I have witnessed her transform into a budding lacrosse star,” Spallina said. “Last year was a great transition year for her, and we are counting on her to be a tremendous player for us from day one. She knows my system and will hit the ground running here at Stony Brook.”

The four transfers will join 14 returning letterwinners for the 2012 season as the Seawolves take aim at their first-ever America East title. Spallina will be in his first season at the helm of Stony Brook women’s lacrosse after four seasons as a head coach at Adelphi, where he led the Panthers to three consecutive NCAA Div. II national championships.

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