Cook, Petersen Lead Stony Brook by Binghamton

Vestal, N.Y. - Junior Demmianne Cook (Nesconset, N.Y.) poured in six goals and two assists, and junior Claire Petersen (Wantagh, N.Y.) added five goals and four assists to lead Stony Brook to a 19-8 win over Binghamton in its America East opener Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex.

Stony Brook is 1-0 in the conference for the first time since the 2007 season, the last time the program won the America East regular season championship. The Seawolves have also now won their last three matches overall.

Cook put in her eighth hat trick of the season, and it's the fourth time this season she's had at least five goals. Over the last three matches, she's had 15 goals. With 44 goals on the season, she is just three goals shy of tying the Stony Brook all-time single-season record of 47.

Petersen produced her sixth match of at least seven points this season. She now has 38 assists this year, which is just four shy of tying the Stony Brook all-time single-season record of 42.

In total, eight different Seawolves scored goals. Also scoring for the Seawolves, who outshot the Bearcats 39-22, were junior Janine Hillier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), freshman Michelle Rubino (East Setauket, N.Y.), junior Emily Mercier (Rocky Point, N.Y.), freshman Amber Kupres (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), senior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) and freshman Kelly Kuerner (Lake Grove, N.Y.).

Stony Brook forced 12 of Binghamton's 26 turnovers, led by Rubino's four. She, Cook and freshman Marina Mestres (Medford, N.J.) all had four ground balls. Returning from injury, sophomore Frankie Caridi (East Northport, N.Y.) made nine saves in net.

Binghamton was led by Kimberly McGeever's three goals and one assist.

"It's good to get out in front in our conference and be 1-0," head coach Joe Spallina said. "Once again, we had well-balanced scoring, and I was happy to have Frankie back in net. She did a great job starting our transition game. We look forward to playing UMBC wednesday night."

Cook set the tone for the Seawolves by scoring SBU's first three goals, the third coming unassisted at 18:41 that gave the Seawolves a 3-1 lead. Cook then assisted on a Petersen goal at 15:30. The two switched spots at 12:10 as Petersen assisted on Cook's goal that made it 6-2.

Petersen scored with 2:05 remaining to give the Seawolves a 9-2 lead before the Bearcats scored twice in the last 1:20 to go into halftime down 9-4.

Stony Brook upped its lead to 11-4 before Katherine Hunsberger scored for Binghamton at 26:05 of the second half to make it 11-5. That was as close as BU could get as the Seawolves scored the next three, including Petersen's fourth goal of the game at 21:11 that extended the lead to 14-5.

Stony Brook went on to score five more times for a season-high goal-scoring day.

The Seawolves now look to go 2-0 in America East as they host UMBC Wednesday at LaValle Stadium at 7:00 p.m.

2012-03-31



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