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SBU women beat Albany behind Cook, Petersen

The Stony Brook women's lacrosse team is tournament-bound, thanks to its defense and the hot shooting of Demmianne Cook and Claire Petersen.

Stony Brook held host Albany to 12 shots on goal as it beat the Great Danes, 16-5, Saturday at John Fallon Field. The Seawolves (12-4, 4-1) clinched the second seed in the America East Tournament, the first time since 2007 that the team has qualified for the tourney.

Cook scored six goals, the fifth time she has had at least six in a game this season. She entered the game second in the nation in goals per game and has 63 goals this season.

Petersen, who leads the nation with 11 games of at least five points, had two goals and four assists. Freshman Michelle Rubino notched two goals and three assists.

"The success we had today was a direct reflection of the type of effort we put in at practice this week," Seawolves coach Joe Spallina said. "We have to use this as a building block and continue to improve on a day-in, day-out basis."

Stony Brook's defense limited the Great Danes (9-5, 2-3) to 16 total shots. Rubino caused two turnovers and controlled four draws, and Cook caused a turnover and controlled five draws.

Goalie Hannah Perruccio had seven saves and three on free position attempts.

"Hannah played a tremendous game today," Spallina said. "She stepped in and showed that she can play at a high level. We're happy and not surprised with her effort today."

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