Demmianne Cook (27) led Stony Brook with seven goals. (MEHMET TEMEL / THE STATESMAN)
Demmianne Cook (27) led Stony Brook with seven goals. (MEHMET TEMEL / THE STATESMAN)

Continuing its dominating season, Stony Brook clinched its first-ever America East regular season championship with a 17-6 win over Binghamton.

Senior midfielder Demmianne Cook, who was recently nominated for the Tewaaraton award as the top player in the nation, scored seven goals, had seven draw controls and had a game-high four ground balls to lead the Seawolves. She currently leads the nation in goals with 69.

Cook began the game strong, scoring four of Stony Brook’s first five goals as they raced out to a 5-0 lead a little over 10 minutes into the contest.

While Binghamton’s Angela Vespa scored the last goal of the half with 1:48 left, Stony Brook held a commanding 12-3 lead after 30 minutes of play.

Stony Brook also saw contributions from sophomore midfielder Michelle Rubino, who scored three goals. Senior attack Janine Hillier, senior midfielder Kaitlyn Harrison and sophomore midfielder Amber Kupres each had two goals, and junior attack Alyssa Cardillo had three assists.

Senior goalkeeper Hannah Perruccio made seven saves in 39:21 of action to earn the win.

Stony Brook honored its seven seniors–Cook, Hillier, Harrison, Clatre Petersen, Justyne Passarelli and Melissa Rotante–before the game.

As the number one seed in the America East conference tournament, Stony Brook will play fourth-seeded Vermont on Friday at 4:30 pm at LaValle Stadium. The Seawolves defeated Vermont 19-5 on March 23rd earlier this season.

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