Cook, Hillier Lead #10 Stony Brook by Vermont in A-East Semis

Stony Brook, N.Y. Senior Demmianne Cook became No. 10 Stony Brook's all-time leading goal scorer on an assist from fellow-Adelphi transfer Claire Petersen as the Seawolves downed Vermont, 18-4, in the conference semifinals Friday afternoon to reach their second-straight title game.

Cook netted seven goals on the afternoon for Stony Brook (15-2, 6-0 AE), an America East Championship record, and now has 151 for her career despite playing only two seasons at SBU. She topped Kaitlin Leggio, who put in 150 from 2006-09. Cook' nine draw controls and seven points are both championship records for Stony Brook.

Petersen tallied four points on one goal and three helpers in her return to the field after a nearly month-long absence and became only the fifth Seawolf to tally 100 career assists.

Janine Hillier recorded five points on four goals and one assist, while Frankie Caridi made 10 saves, a school record for most stops in an America East Championship contest.

Charlotte Lyons stopped 10 shots in net for Vermont (7-11, 2-4 AE).

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier combined for 11 goals to lead top seeded Stony Brook past No. 4 Vermont, 18-4, in America East semifinal action from LaValle Stadium early Friday evening.

With the win, Stony Brook improves to 15-2 overall and 6-0 in conference, while advancing to the championship game on Sunday (May 5). The Catamounts end their season at 7-11 overall and 2-4 in league play.

Vermont had four players with a goal each (Ariel Nicholas, Emma Kelly, Jessica Roach & Vanessa VanderZalm), and Sydney Mas tallied an assist to help pace the Catamounts.

Cook led all scorers with seven goals, while Hillier added four points and an assist to lead Stony Brook.

Charlotte Lyons earned the start in goal for Vermont and took the loss despite making 10 saves. Frankie Caridi earned the win in net for the Seawolves after stopping 10 shots.

Janine Hillier scored the first goal of the game under a minute into play to put Stony Brook out to an early lead. Vermont answered back with goals from Ariel Nicholas and Jessica Roach to give the Catamounts their first lead of the contest, at 2-1.

Stony Brook then went on to score 11 straight goals, including six from Demmianne Cook and two from Michelle Rubino, and closed out the half with a 12-2 advantage.

Following a Hillier goal to open the second half, Vermont got on the board when Vanessa VanderZalm tallied her first goal of the game at the 26:32 mark. She received a pass from Mas off of a re-start, and found her way to the middle of the fan and beat Frankie Caridi for the score.

Cook tallied another goal for the Seawolves a minute and a half later, but Emma Kelly answered back for Vermont after receiving a centering pass from VanderZalm and finding the back of the net to cut UVM's deficit to 14-4 with 21:25 remaining in the game.

Stony Brook received four straight goals from four different players in the remaining 20-plus minutes of the contest to close out the Catamounts and earn the 18-4 victory.

The Seawolves advance to the America East Championship game on Sunday (May 5) and will play the winner of tonight's other semifinal game, New Hampshire vs. Albany

Vermont ends its season with a 7-11 overall record and a 2-4 mark in America East play.

Season Notes: The Catamounts clinched their first appearance in the America East playoffs this season since 2009 ... This year marked the third time that head coach Jen Johnson has led the Catamounts to an America East semifinal match, following appearances in both 2008 and 2009 ... Vermont has now played a top-15 ranked team in the nation in each of its last three playoff appearances ... UVM finished the regular season ranked 12th in the nation in ground balls per game (18.24) ... Sydney Mas moved into first place on the program's all-time goals list this season, and currently has 158 scores in her three-year career ... UVM had a program record seven players named to All-Conference Teams in 2013

2013-05-03



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