Petersen Sets Record, as No. 19 Stony Brook Routs Longwood

Stony Brook, N.Y. Claire Petersen did not just etch her name into the Stony Brook record books Saturday night, she broke the all-time single-game NCAA assists mark with an 11-assist performance that helped the No. 19/17 Seawolves cruise to a 21-3 win in their home opener against Longwood at LaValle Stadium.

Petersen totaled 13 points, surpassing her own previous school record of 10, while Demmianne Cook wracked up a game-high six goals for Stony Brook (4-1). Frankie Caridi made one save, while Hannah Perruccio made two stops as the SBU defense matched a program-record of three goals allowed for the third straight week.

Mollie Zimmerman relieved starting goalie Christian Acker to start the second half and made four saves as Longwood drops its first game of the season, falling to 4-1.

"I thought this was a well-balanced effort in which we played well on both ends of the field. The scoring was spread out, and we played good, team-oriented defense. This is a good sign as we head into the meat of our schedule." --Head Coach Joe Spallina

Stony Brook controlled the tempo from the opening minute as Petersen found Emily Mercier in front of the net for a quick score 19 seconds into the game. The two connected again about three minutes later, and Janine Hillier put in an unassisted goal soon after as the Seawolves found themselves in front, 3-0, at the 26:22 mark of the first half.

Cook recorded her first goal of the evening a little less than two minutes later to make it a four-goal game. With 22:12 left in the first frame, Stony Brook extended its lead to 5-0 as Petersen dished the ball to Amber Kupres, who found the back of the net.

Longwood got on the board with 19:51 to play in the opening stanza, but the Seawolves ticked off 16 unanswered scores to secure their third win by double-digit goals in three games and fourth of the season.

2013-03-10



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