Second Half Surge Lifts No. 13 Stony Brook Over Albany

Stony Brook, N.Y. No. 13 Stony Brook scored six unanswered goals in the second half en route to a 9-2 win over rival Albany in early conference action Saturday afternoon at LaValle Stadium.

Frankie Caridi continued to sparkle in net, making six saves and anchoring a defense that matched a single-game program record for fewest goals allowed for the second consecutive contest. Claire Petersen and Demmianne Cook led the way for Stony Brook (10-2, 2-0 AE) on offense with five points apiece, respectively. Petersen's points came on two goals and three assists, while Cook tallied three goals and dished out two helpers, both to Petersen.

Anna Berman recorded seven stops as Albany drops to 6-4 on the season and 1-1 in America East play.

"It's a big conference win. Our goal all along has been to host the conference tournament, so Albany is one of the teams we need to beat. I'm proud of the way our team played today. They did not get overzealous when the game was close, which shows maturity. I thought our defense, midfielders and goalie played outstanding and held a great team to two goals." - Head Coach Joe Spallina

Turning Point
The Seawolves led, 3-0, midway through the first half, but Maureen Keggins and Jess Antelmi each netted a goal for the Great Danes to close the margin to one, 3-2, at the break.

Stony Brook came out of the locker room strong as Petersen fed Cook in front of the net for a top-shelf goal at 27:47 that made it 4-2 SBU.

Albany controlled the ensuing draw, but Caridi dazzled on the next possession, making a save and then intercepting an errant pass by Keggins. The Seawolves cleared the ball, and Petersen dished it to a sprinting Amber Kupres, who put the ball in the back of the cage to push the lead to three, 5-2, with 22:39 to play.

After six minutes of scoreless lacrosse, an aggressive play by Janine Hillier about 30 yards in front of Albany's net caused the Great Danes to turn it over. Hillier found Michelle Rubino, who dashed towards the crease and fired a shot from five yards out and scored as Stony Brook claimed a 6-2 advantage with 16:25 remaining in the game.

About 90 ticks later, Cook passed it to Petersen, and the senior captain ripped a shot from the left of the net that extended the cushion to five, 7-2. The duo would connect again, with Cook feeding Petersen for a goal at the 6:04 mark, and Cook added another score in the closing minutes to ice the victory.

Numbers Game
Five different Seawolves tallied a goal with Hillier netting the third score of the opening frame that proved to be the game-winner.

Emily Mercier registered one assist for Stony Brook.

Cook and Rubino each controlled a draw as SBU held a 7-6 edge in the circle. Kathleen Lennon tallied two draw controls for the Great Danes.

Cook caused two turnovers and picked up three ground balls. Caridi recorded three ground balls in addition to causing a turnover.

The Seawolves were a perfect 14 for 14 on clear attempts.

Maegan Meritz and Kupres also caused one turnover each, as Albany committed 12 turnovers.

News and Notes
This marks the third time this season Stony Brook has allowed only two goals. The Seawolves previously let in just two against Marist March 13 and Tuesday against Fresno State.

Petersen tied Kaitlin Leggio for second all-time in career assists with 96 helpers. She needs four more assists to become just the second Seawolf to tally 100 for her career despite only playing two seasons for SBU after transferring from Adelphi for her senior season.

Up Next
Stony Brook travels to Maryland for a match-up with UMBC Saturday, April 6 at 5:00 p.m.

2013-03-30



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