Seniors Demmianne Cook and Janine Hillier once again led the way for No. 19/20 Stony Brook, as the women’s lacrosse team won convincingly on the road against Central Connecticut by the score of 19-3.
Cook posted a game-high six goals, while Hillier notched six points on four goals and two assists. Senior Claire Petersen and junior Emily Mercier also finished with five points apiece. Mercier had her first career multi-goal game with the Seawolves, finishing with four goals.
The Seawolves got off to an early 3-0 lead, but the Blue Devils netted two straight goals to close the gap to one, 3-2, with 16:29 left until intermission. The Seawolves took control of the game from that point, beginning with an unassisted goal by Hillier less than 20 seconds later. With 15:23 remaining, the senior captain found Mercier for a goal, and sophomore Michelle Rubino followed with an unassisted score of her own a little under one minute later as Stony Brook took a 6-2 advantage.
Hillier scored again on a free position shot at the 12:10 mark to put SBU in front by five, 7-2. Petersen, Mercier and Cook scored before the intermission as Stony Brook went into the locker room with a commanding 10-2 lead.
Hillier and Petersen notched back-to-back goals less than five minutes into the second stanza to cap off a 9-0 run that gave the Seawolves a 12-2 cushion.
Junior Frankie Caridi made stopped five of the eight shots she faced in just under 57 minutes of play in net. Senior goalie Hannah Perruccio relieved Caridi with 3:07 to play, and the Seawolves’ stifling defense and solid ball control prevented her from facing a single shot.
The Seawolves’ defense was outstanding the whole game, as they matched the program’s mark for fewest goals allowed in a game, letting just three in the back of the cage for the third time in school history.
Stony Brook’s seniors also have continued to make their mark on the school’s record books. With her six goals today, Cook is now eighth all-time on the Stony Brook all time goals list, with 86 career goals. She has done this despite playing her first two collegiate seasons at Adelphi.
The Seawolves are now 4-0 all time against Central Connecticut. In those games they have outscored the Blue Devils 64-21. On Thursday at 3pm the Seawolves will play a neutral site game against Duquesne in Downingtown, Pa.