Sophomore Amber Kupres scored a hat trick and picked up three ground balls against Bucknell on Saturday. Photo by Efal Sayed.
Sophomore Amber Kupres scored a hat trick and picked up three ground balls against Bucknell on Saturday. Photo by Efal Sayed.

The Stony Brook women’s lacrosse team certainly started their season on the right foot on Saturday, defeating Bucknell on the road by the score of 20-5. Nine different players scored for the Seawolves in the game.

Senior Claire Petersen put up 10 points on day for Stony Brook. She finished with four goals and six assists and tied her own school record for points in a game, which she notched against Vermont and Iona last season.  Petersen also moved into seventh all-time at SBU with 111 points in her career, passing Amy Hallion (109) and Samantha Djaha (110).

Senior Demmianne Cooke scored seven goals in the game, falling just two shy of the single-game record she set last season against Monmouth. She ties Petersen and Kaitlin Leggio for second all-time.

Sophomore Amber Kupres also had a hat trick in the game. Senior Janine Hillier had a goal and three assists on eight shots, four of which were on net.  Hillier and Kupres also had three groundballs apiece in the game.

In the first ever meeting between the two teams Stony Brook outshot Bucknell, 44-17, and put 30 of them on goal compared to 14 by the home team. This is the most goals scored and fewest number of goals allowed for the Seawolves in a season opener.

The Seawolves led in ground balls for the game, registering 21 compared to Bucknell’s seven. They also only had 11 turnovers on the day, compared to Bucknell’s 23.

Senior goalkeeper Frankie Caridi picked up the win in net. She made seven saves, and only gave up three goals in 51:10 minutes. Senior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio made two stops as well in just under nine minutes of play. Stony Brook’s defense was strong the entire night, not allowing any of Bucknell’s players to have a multi-point game.

Next Wednesday, Stony Brook will be down south to take on No. 3/3 University of Florida. The Seawolves do not play their home opener until Thursday, March 7, against Duquesne.

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