America East Announces 2013 Lacrosse Teams and Awards

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - For the second time in three years two America East student-athletes will share the conference's top honors, as Stony Brook senior Demmianne Cook and Albany senior Rachael Burek were named Co-Players of the Year at the annual awards reception held on Thursday on the campus of Stony Brook, the site of the 2013 championship.

There also was a tie in the Rookie of the Year voting as New Hampshire's Laura McHoul and Albany's Rachel Bowles share that honor, and Albany head coach John Battaglino earned Coach of the Year. The awards were decided in a vote by the league's seven head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Cook, a two-time first-team all-conference midfielder, enters the championship leading the nation with a 4.75 goals per game average. The senior enters the America East Championship with 76 goals, the second-most goals in a single-season in league history and only 15 behind the all-time record. Cook has also been a major part in helping Stony Brook to the No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense, ranking third in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.44), third in draw controls (4.81) and fifth in ground balls (2.00). In league play, Cook is the only player to total at-least five points in all six conference games and led the league with 27 goals.

Burek set a new America East record with 24 assists in six conference games and became the third Great Dane to earn Player of the Year honors. A native of Rensselaer, N.Y., Burek ranks second in the nation with 3.50 assists per game entering the championship. She has been the catalyst for an Albany offense that is second in the conference with 14.40 goals per game. The senior led the league in points per game with a 5.64 average, totaling 30 goals and 49 assists. The 49 assists are tied for the second most in conference history and is only 10 behind the all-time record.

Bowles is the first Great Dane to be named Rookie of the Year in program history after leading all freshmen with 33 goals in 14 games. A five-time Rookie of the Week selection, Bowles is fourth on the Great Danes with 35 points and second in goals scored. She started her career with a goal in her first eight games and has scored at-least once in 12 of her 14 games this season. Bowles has registered 10 mult-goal games.

McHoul is the first Wildcat since Cristina Covucci in 2004 to earn Rookie of the Year accolades. The freshman ranks third in the conference with 2.00 assists per game and ranks second on New Hampshire with 44 points (14 g, 30 a). McHoul had 14 assists in five conference games, which ranks second in the America East, while her 20 points were tied for fourth in conference play.

Battaglino earned his second Coach of the Year award in the last three years after leading Albany to an 11-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in America East play. He has captained a Great Danes squad that has just two seniors to their fifth-straight appearance in the America East Championship and a two-win improvement from 2012.

Burek was joined on the first-team attack by Boston U. senior Danielle Etrasco, Stony Brook senior Janine Hilllier and Vermont junior Sydney Mas. Etrasco is second in the nation with 3.80 goals per game and earns her third-straight first team selection. Mas is also making her third first-team appearance, while Hillier earns her first all-conference nod. Cook headlines the group at midfield and is joined by albany senior Jess Antelmi, Binghamton senior Katherine Hunsberger and UMBC junior Kristen Bilney. The first-team defense features Albany junior Kathleen Lennon, UMBC senior Jamie Fahey, Stony Brook senior Melissa Rotante and Vermont junior Karlie MacKendrick. Stony Brook junior Frankie Caridi is the first team goalkeeper and is on-pace to set the record for lowest goals against average in a single season at 5.60.

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