Demmianne Cook had six goals and two assists and scooped four ground balls as Stony Brook topped host Binghamton, 19-8, Saturday in America East women's lacrosse.
Claire Petersen added five goals and four assists, and Michelle Rubino and Janine Hillier scored twice each for Stony Brook (8-3, 1-0). It's the first time SBU has won its conference opener since 2007. The Seawolves won the America East regular-season title that season.
Cook scored Stony Brook's first three goals and assisted on Petersen's tally that made it 4-1 with 15:30 remaining in the first half. Cook's fifth goal, with 10:22 left in the game, gave Stony Brook a 17-6 lead. It was the fourth time this season Cook has scored at least five goals, and the junior is three away from tying the program's single-season record of 47.
Rubino forced four of the Bearcats' 26 turnovers, Marina Mestres had four ground balls and goalie Frankie Caridi made nine saves in the win.
Kimber McGreever had three goals and an assist and Kat Hunsberger scored two goals for Binghamton (3-6, 0-2).
"It's good to get out in front in our conference and be 1-0," Seawolves coach Joe Spallina said. "Once again, we had well-balanced scoring, and I was happy to have [Caridi] back in net. She did a great job starting our transition game."