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#LMranks: No. 18 Stony Brook Seawolves (Women)

Claire Petersen set Stony Brook records for points and assists in 2012 after following coach Joe Spallina from Adelphi to the Seawolves.
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by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter | Team Page/Schedule

Lacrosse Magazine is counting down its preseason rankings throughout the month of January exclusively on LaxMagazine.com.

Today continues a look at our NCAA Division I Top 20 rankings. For more, visit LaxMagazine.com/LMranks. Follow @LacrosseMag on Twitter and Tweet using the hashtag #LMranks. The countdown will resume Thursday with profiles of the 17th-ranked teams in NCAA Division I men and women.

Power Ratings

Offense: 4*
Defense: 2
Goalkeeping: 3
Draw: 2
* Out of 5

Top Returner

A Claire Petersen (Sr.)
Stony Brook's first-ever All-American women's lacrosse player set school records for points (101) and assists (59) and was named the America East Player of the Year in 2012.

X-Factor

M Demmianne Cook (Sr.)
It would be tough for the Seawolves' goal leader (68) to improve upon her shooting percentage, which was .642 in 2012.

What's New?

Coach Joe Spallina has revamped Stony Brook's schedule. As SBU's schedule appears now, three 2012 non-conference opponents (Central Connecticut State, Maryland and Marist) are back, but the Seawolves won't renew their rivalries Florida, Duke and Johns Hopkins, among others, but Spallina said Florida will be on the 2013 schedule as well as Towson.

What's Not?

The starting lineup. Stony Brook returns all its major contributors and adds nine freshmen.

#LMranks WD1 Preseason Countdown

Monday: No. 20 Princeton
Tuesday: No. 19 Boston College
Wednesday: No. 18 Stony Brook
Thursday: No. 17
Friday: No. 16

More: Countdown schedule | MD1 | MD2 | WD2 | MD3 | WD3 | JuCo | MCLA | WCLA

2012 Recap

Record: 14-5, 5-1 America East

In a Nutshell: The Seawolves kicked off the Spallina era with a 14-5 record and their first-ever trip to the America East championship game, giving them the best turnaround in Division I after a 4-11 season in 2011. A handful of talented transfers followed Spallina from Adelphi, including Petersen, who broke two school scoring records and became the Seawolves' first All-American.

High Point: Petersen had three assists and six goals, including the game-winner with just nine seconds on the clock, to help the Seawolves to a 15-14 victory at Johns Hopkins. The road win was Stony Brook's first over a ranked opponent and capped a 5-0 start to the season.

Low Point: Stony Brook lost to Albany, 9-7, in the America East championship, after beating the Great Danes 16-5 just two weeks before. The Albany defense limited Cook's looks and Petersen had an uncharacteristically bad shooting day, scoring twice on eight shots.

2013 Preview

Best Case: The Seawolves develop a tighter defense to complement its powerful offense and fast midfield. Stony Brook wins its first America East conference championship and gets its first NCAA bid. Cook joins Petersen on the All-America roster.

Worst Case: Stony Brook can't sneak up on anyone anymore, and defenses learn how frustrated this speedy team gets when they face a slow-down game. Albany wins its third straight America East crown, and the Seawolves are shut out of the expanded NCAA field of 26 teams due to a weak non-conference schedule.


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