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Women’s lacrosse: Cook (Smithtown East) shatters scoring mark with 9 goals to pace Stony Brook to 18-4 rout of Monmouth

Sunday, 26th February 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/26/12
From Press Release

Junior Demmianne Cook (Smithtown East) scored a Stony Brook women’s lacrosse single-game record nine goals, including six in the first half alone, to lead the Seawolves to an 18-4 win over Monmouth Sunday at Kessler Field.

Cook’s nine goals shatter the previous mark of seven goals, which was held by Kaitlin Leggio, who twice did it in her career, the last time coming March 20, 2009. The nine points also matches the program’s single-record, which is held by Leggio, Carlee Buck and current junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh).

Stony Brook is now 4-0 for the first time in program history after picking up its first road victory of the year. The Seawolves eight unanswered goals to start the game and went into halftime leading 13-1.

In addition to Cook’s nine goals, junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale) notched a hat trick of three goals. Freshman Kelly Kuerner (Sachem North) added two goals. Petersen was the primary distributor with six assists. Sophomore Frankie Caridi (Commack) made eight saves in net.

“Before the game, we spoke about getting off to a good start,” head coach Joe Spallina said. “We wanted to put pressure on Monmouth, control both sides of the field and finish early opportunities, and we accomplished all of those things. It was important for us to not look ahead to our next four games and jump over a talented Monmouth team.

“We’re real proud of our kids for being off to a 4-0 start. Now it will be important to use the momentum of these first four games for our next four games, which are all against nationally ranked opponents.”

Stony Brook scored early and often as Hillier put the ball in the net just 40 seconds into the game after freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.) won the opening draw control. Hillier then set up Cook’s first goal of the game just a few minutes later.

Cook scored three times in a span of 2:25, her third off a pass from Petersen that put the Seawolves up 5-0.

Cook then notched two more goals in a 24-second span to make it 8-0.

After Monmouth finally scored a goal with 11:59 to go in the first half, the Seawolves scored five more times. Kuerner tallied a goal with nine seconds left to make it 13-1.

In the second half, Monmouth got as close as 11 goals, 15-4, but Cook finished off the game with three more goals, breaking the record with 10:26 remaining off of Petersen’s sixth assist of the day.

“I cant begin to tell you how proud of Demmianne I am,” Spallina said. “She’s taken her conditioning and her lacrosse game to a whole new level. Her offensive game is outstanding, but she takes pride in her defensive game, which she is equally as good in.”

Stony Brook will next play on Saturday, March 3, against Johns Hopkins in Baltimore at 1 p.m. The Blue Jays are currently ranked No. 20 in this week’s Inside Lacrosse deBeer Women’s Media Poll.

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