LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/3/12
From Press Releases
Junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) scored six goals, including the game-winner on a free position attempt with nine seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team to a 15-14 win over No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins Saturday at Homewood Field.
The victory is Stony Brook’s first-ever against a nationally ranked opponent and it makes the Seawolves 5-0 for the first time in program history as they continue their renaissance under first-year head coach Joe Spallina.
Petersen added three assists, as she ties the program record for single-game points with nine, a record she and teammate Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) have already matched once before this season.
Cook added three goals, and junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.) and freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) chipped in two goals apiece. Junior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio played the final 50 minutes in net and made two saves to earn her first collegiate victory.
The first 10 minutes of the game was an absolute shootout with the two teams combining for 10 goals. Less than a minute into the action, Petersen assisted on a sophomore Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) goal to make it 1-0.
Johhs Hopkins went on to score three unanswered goals to go up 3-1 before the Seawolves answered with goals from Kupres and Cook just 12 seconds apart to tie the game.
Stony Brook went up 5-4 on a Petersen goal before the Blue Jays came back with four consecutive goals in a span of 4:40 to take an 8-5 lead. The Seawolves cut the lead to 8-7, but went into halftime trailing 10-8.
Petersen scored SBU’s final goal of the first half and then came out firing in the second half with unassisted goals at 28:27 and 22:06 to tie the game at 10-10.
The two teams traded goals for the rest of the contest. Johns Hopkins went on top 14-13 on an Alyssa Kildare goal at 5:14. But Hillier won the ensuing draw control and tied the game on a pass from Petersent with 4:19 to play.
Johns Hopkins won the next draw control, but freshman Marina Mestres forced a turnover on Candace Rossi to gain possession. The Seawolves then took their time and wound down the clock before Petersen drew a foul inside the eight-meter area. She converted the free position attempt, and the Seawolves won the next draw control and ran out the clock.
Stony Brook will play again in just 48 hours as it hosts No. 5/3 Duke Monday at LaValle Stadium at 4 p.m.