Hillier, Cook Combine for 11 as #15 Stony Brook Sinks Siena

The Seawolves' nationally ranked scoring trio of Janine Hillier, Demmianne Cook and Claire Petersen combined for 18 points as No. 15 Stony Brook raced past Siena, 18-5, Sunday afternoon at Siena Turf Field. Katie Maguire led the Saints with a pair of goals.

Stony Brook (8-2) scored the game's first five goals and took a commanding 13-3 lead at the half. The Seawolves, which led the nation in scoring margin entering the week, scored all 18 of their goals in the game's first 41 minutes.

Playing for the first time at home in 25 days and hosting their first nationally ranked opponent in program history, Siena (1-8) fell to 0-3 all-time vs. ranked teams. Stony Brook, who's only two losses this season are to top-3 ranked teams Maryland and Florida, entered the week ranked 15th nationally in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll and 16th in the deBeer Media Poll.

Stony Brook out-shot the Saints 31-14 and held a 16-9 edge in draw controls in improving to 5-0 all-time against the Saints. The Seawolves also scored on six of their eight free-position shots.

Cook, who entered the week ranking second nationally in goals per game, tallied all six of her goals in the first 22 minutes and added five draw controls. Petersen, who ranks fourth in points per game, tallied five points while Hillier led the way with seven points on five goals and two assists.

Ashley Ruchalski, Lauren Smith and Shannon Pfohl joined Maguire as the Saints' goal scorers. Smith added a game-high six draw controls for the Saints which lost their seventh in a row.

Siena returns to action Saturday when they welcome defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Fairfield to Loudonville in the conference opener. Game time is set for noon.

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Loundonville, N.Y. Vaulted by five goals and two assists by senior Janine Hillier and six goals by classmate Demmianne Cook, the No. 15 Stony Brook won its third straight game, 18-5, Sunday at Siena.

Claire Petersen tallied two goals and dished out three helpers, while Frankie Caridi stopped three shots as Stony Brook (8-2) held an opponent to single digits in scoring for the ninth time this season.

Katie Macguire recorded two goals for Siena (1-8).

"It was great to wrap up a successful weekend on the road with back-to-back wins. We were able to get in our entire bench this weekend, especially today, which allowed everyone to gain quality in-game experience as we get into the meat of our schedule." - Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point
Stony Brook raced out to an early 5-0 lead, but Siena cut the deficit to three, 5-2, on goals by Sarah Croutier and Ashley Ruschalski at the 16:38 and 13:50 marks, respectively.

The defense clamped down thereafter, as Justyne Passarelli caused Macguire to turn the ball over and then picked up the ground ball to begin a successful clear attempt by SBU. On offense, Cook reached up for a high feed from Petersen and in one fluid motion, fired home a shot for a 6-2 Seawolves' lead with 13:04 remaining in the opening frame. A little less than one minute later, Amber Kupres netted a free position goal as SBU went back up by five, 7-2.

Allison Borda was called for a foul on Cook, and the senior captain connected on the free position shot at 9:22 to give Stony Brook an 8-2 advantage. The Nesconset, N.Y., native continued her surge on the very next possession, winning the ensuing draw and racing down the field for another goal to make it a 9-2 game. She tallied her third consecutive goal on another free position shot with 7:57 left in the first stanza as the lead ballooned to eight, 10-2.

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2013-03-24



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