Stony Brook Enters 2013 Campaign with Sights Set High

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Fresh off a remarkable turnaround, which put 18/19 Stony Brook on the national women's lacrosse map, the Seawolves are poised to continue their ascent and compete for their first-ever NCAA crown in 2013.

Stony Brook, ranked No. 1 in the 2013 America East preseason poll, returns 20 letterwinners and its entire starting lineup from the 2012 team that finished with a program-record 14 wins and competed for an America East title. SBU also adds eight promising newcomers to its roster as it continues to mold itself into a perennial title contender.

"We have a great returning group and add a solid freshman class as well as a couple of transfers," said head coach Joe Spallina, the 2012 America East Coach of the Year. "Our goal is to first win the America East and make an impact in the NCAA tournament."

Stony Brook boasts a prolific scorer and preseason All-American in Claire Petersen at the attack position. In her first season in Seawolves Country, the Wantagh, N.Y., native rewrote the SBU record book, tallying an incredible 101 points (a program record) on 42 goals (third-best all-time at Stony Brook) and 59 assists (a program record). She reached a Stony Brook-record 10 points twice in a two-week span (against Iona March 27 and Vermont April 7), while also posting nine points for the third time in 2012 against Binghamton on March 31 en route garnering 2012 America East Player of the Year and IWLCA All-American third-team honors. Petersen, a team captain, enters the 2013 campaign ranked third all-time in program history in assists and ninth in points.

The Seawolves also return junior Alyssa Cardillo, who posted nine points on seven goals and two assists in 19 games last season, to the lineup.

Stony Brook increases its depth at the attack position that helped the squad post a school-record 263 goals in 2012 with the additions of Natalie Marciniak, Kristen Palese and Shannon Coleman. Palese nabbed All-League honors all four years at Irvington High School, while also being named All-Section her junior and senior years. Coleman, who hails from Centereach, N.Y., was named All-County in 2011 and 2012 and All-Region in 2010 while playing for Centereach High School. Marciniak, also a capable midfielder, is a two-year letterwinner in women's lacrosse at Mt. Hebron High School.

The midfield looks to once again be the strongest unit on the field for Stony Brook as Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier, both senior captains, return. Cook, who broke a school-record for a single-season with 68 goals last year and scored a Stony Brook-best nine goals against Monmouth, possesses explosive speed, which will help her contribute both offensively and defensively. The 5-5 Nesconset, N.Y., native led the team with 37 ground balls and was second with 61 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers last season.

After transferring from Florida, Hillier lit up the scoreboard last season with 47 goals, which is second only to Cook on Stony Brook's all-time ledger. She is a dynamic midfielder who has had a fantastic preseason and can defend, dodge and shoot.

Sophomore Michelle Rubino, the Seawolves' primary draw control option with 94 draws last season, returns to the roster after racking up 42 points in her rookie campaign. A balanced player, Rubino led Stony Brook with 24 caused turnovers last year while scooping up 29 ground balls.

Amber Kupres, a sophomore midfielder who is good on the dodge and the cut and scored 29 goals in her freshman season, also makes her way back to the field in 2013. Sophomore Marina Mestres, who saw time in all 19 games for Stony Brook last season and contributed immediately to the defense, will transition to the midfield. Her versatility and stick skills will allow them to slide into their new roles.

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