Rachael Burek and Demmianne Cook were named Co-Players of the Year.
Rachael Burek and Demmianne Cook were named Co-Players of the Year.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Burek, Cook Share Share Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year Honors

Release: 05/02/2013

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - For the second time in three years two America East student-athletes will share the conference’s top honors, as Stony Brook senior Demmianne Cook and Albany senior Rachael Burek were named Co-Players of the Year at the annual awards reception held on Thursday on the campus of Stony Brook University, the site of the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse Championship. There also was a tie in the Rookie of the Year voting as New Hampshire’s Laura McHoul and Albany’s Rachel Bowles share that honor, and Albany head coach John Battaglino earned Coach of the Year. The awards were decided in a vote by the league’s seven head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.

Cook, a two-time first-team all-conference midfielder, enters the championship leading the nation with a 4.75 goals per game average. The senior enters the America East Championship with 76 goals, the second-most goals in a single-season in league history and only 15 behind the all-time record. Cook has also been a major part in helping Stony Brook to the No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense, ranking third in the conference in caused turnovers per game (1.44), third in draw controls (4.81) and fifth in ground balls (2.00). In league play, Cook is the only player to total at-least five points in all six conference games and led the league with 27 goals.

Burek set a new America East record with 24 assists in six conference games and became the third Great Dane to earn Player of the Year honors. A native of Rensselaer, N.Y., Burek ranks second in the nation with 3.50 assists per game entering the championship. She has been the catalyst for an Albany offense that is second in the conference with 14.40 goals per game. The senior led the league in points per game with a 5.64 average, totaling 30 goals and 49 assists. The 49 assists are tied for the second most in conference history and is only 10 behind the all-time record.

Bowles is the first Great Dane to be named Rookie of the Year in program history after leading all freshmen with 33 goals in 14 games. A five-time Rookie of the Week selection, Bowles is fourth on the Great Danes with 35 points and second in goals scored. She started her career with a goal in her first eight games and has scored at-least once in 12 of her 14 games this season. Bowles has registered 10 mult-goal games.

McHoul is the first Wildcat since Cristina Covucci in 2004 to earn Rookie of the Year accolades. The freshman ranks third in the conference with 2.00 assists per game and ranks second on New Hampshire with 44 points (14 g, 30 a). McHoul had 14 assists in five conference games, which ranks second in the America East, while her 20 points were tied for fourth in conference play.

Battaglino earned his second Coach of the Year award in the last three years after leading Albany to an 11-4 overall record and a 5-1 mark in America East play. He has captained a Great Danes squad that has just two seniors to their fifth-straight appearance in the America East Championship and a two-win improvement from 2012.

Burek was joined on the first-team attack by Boston U. senior Danielle Etrasco, Stony Brook senior Janine Hilllier and Vermont junior Sydney Mas. Etrasco is second in the nation with 3.80 goals per game and earns her third-straight first team selection. Mas is also making her third first-team appearance, while Hillier earns her first all-conference nod. Cook headlines the group at midfield and is joined by albany senior Jess Antelmi, Binghamton senior Katherine Hunsberger and UMBC junior Kristen Bilney. The first-team defense features Albany junior Kathleen Lennon, UMBC senior Jamie Fahey, Stony Brook senior Melissa Rotante and Vermont junior Karlie MacKendrick. Stony Brook junior Frankie Caridi is the first team goalkeeper and is on-pace to set the record for lowest goals against average in a single season at 5.60.

The second team attack has a pair of Wildcats with sophomore Laura Puccia and senior Jenny Simpson to go with Stony Brook senior Claire Petersen and Vermont sophomore Jessica Roach. Albany junior Ariana Parker leads off the midifield and is joined by UMBC sophomore Alyssa Semones, Stony Brook sophomore Michelle Rubino and Vermont freshman Vanessa VanderZalm. The defense has two freshmen in Boston U.’s Jill Horka and Stony Brook’s Alyssa Fleming to go with Vermont sophomore Taylor Pedersen and New Hampshire senior Casey Doyle. Vermont junior Charlotte Lyons is the second-team goalkeeper.

Four teams placed two players on the All-Rookie team including Albany, Binghamton, Boston U. and New Hampshire. The team is highlighted by Co-Rookies of the Year in Albany’s Rachel Bowles and New Hampshire’s Laura McHoul. Also included on the team is Albany midfielder Christine Johnson, Binghamton goalkeeper Erin McNulty and midfielder Allie Rodgers, Boston U. defender Jill Horka and midfielder Sofia Robins, New Hampshire attacker Nicole Grote, Stony Brook defender Alyssa Fleming and Vermont midfielder Vanessa VanderZalm.

In addition to the all-conference and major award winners, 13 student-athletes earned all-academic honors, led by four from New Hampshire including Jamie DePetris, Kayleigh Hinkle, Laura Puccia and Jenny Simpson. Albany was next with three selections including Jess Antelmi, Rachael Burek and Ariana Parker. Stony Brook had a pair honored in Kaitlyn Harrison and Jusyne Passarelli. Rounding out the team is Binghamton’s Katherine Hunsberger, Boston U.’s Sydney Godett, UMBC’s Jamie Fahey and Vermont’s Jen Madsen.

Twenty-six of the 36 all-conference and all-rookie team selections will participate in the 2013 America East Women’s Lacrosse Championship May 3 & 5 at Stony Brook University. No. 1 seed Stony Brook will face No. 4 Vermont in the first semifinal on May 3 at 4:30 p.m. followed by No. 2 Albany vs. No. 3 New Hampshire. The semifinals will be streamed live for free at AmericaEast.com. For all the information on the America East Championship, visit Championship Central at www.AmericaEast.com.

2013 America East Women’s Lacrosse All-Conference Teams

First Team
Position    Name    Cl.    School    Hometown/High School/Previous School
Attack    Danielle Etrasco    Sr.    Boston U.    Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa
Attack    Rachael Burek    Sr.    Albany     Rensselaer, N.Y./Columbia
Attack    Janine Hillier    Sr.    Stony Brook    Farmingdale, N.Y./Farmingdale/Florida
Attack    Sydney Mas    Jr.    Vermont    Bedford, N.Y./St. George’s School (RI)
Midfield    Jess Antelmi    Sr.    Albany    Bridgeport, N.Y./Chittenango
Midfield    Katherine Hunsberger    Sr.    Binghamton    Cortland, N.Y./Cortland
Midfield    Kristen Bilney    Jr.    UMBC    Ellicott City, Md./Mt. Hebron
Midfield    Demmianne Cook    Sr.    Stony Brook    Nesconset, N.Y./Smithtown East/Adelphi
Defense    Kathleen Lennon    Jr.    Albany    Sea Cliff, N.Y./North Shore
Defense    Jamie Fahey    Sr.    UMBC    Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven
Defense    Melissa Rotante    Sr.    Stony Brook    Norwalk, Conn./Brien McMahon
Defense    Karli MacKendrick    Jr.    Vermont    Whitby, Ontario/Anderson C.V.I.
Goalkeeper    Frankie Caridi    Jr.    Stony Brook    East Northport, N.Y./Commack/Adelphi

Second Team
Attack    Laura Puccia    So.    New Hampshire    Fairport, N.Y./Fairport
Attack    Jenny Simpson    Sr.    New Hampshire    New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan
Attack    Claire Petersen    Sr.    Stony Brook    Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh/AdelphiAttack
Attack    Jessica Roach    So.    Vermont    Scituate, Mass./Notre Dame Academy
Midfield    Ariana Parker    Jr.    Albany    Port Ewen, N.Y./Kingston    
Midfield    Alyssa Semones    So.    UMBC    Westminster, Md./Westminster/Penn State
Midfield    Michelle Rubino    So.    Stony Brook    East Setauket, N.Y./Comsewogue
Midfield    Vanessa VanderZalm    Fr.    Vermont    Pelham, Ontario/Notre Dame College    
Defense    Jill Horka    Fr.    Boston U.    Westborough, Mass./Westborough
Defense    Casey Doyle    Sr.    New Hampshire    Ivyland, Pa./Council Rock North    
Defense    Alyssa Fleming    Fr.    Stony Brook    Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Defense    Taylor Pedersen    So.    Vermont    Nyack, N.Y./Ridgewood
Goalkeeper    Charlotte Lyons    Jr.    Vermont    Darien, Conn./St. Luke’s

All-Rookie Team (regardless of position)
Attack    Rachel Bowles    Fr.    Albany    Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse
Midfield    Christine Johnson    Fr.    Albany    Reading, Mass./Reading
Goalkeeper    Erin McNulty    Fr.    Binghamton    Holbrook, N.Y./Sachem North
Midfield    Allie Rodgers    Fr.    Binghamton    Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin    
Defense    Jill Horka    Fr.    Boston U.    Westborough, Mass./Westborough
Midfield    Sofia Robins    Fr.    Boston U.    Stevenson, Md./McDonogh School
Attack    Nicole Grote    Fr.    New Hampshire    Ellicott City, Md./Marriotts Ridge
Attack    Laura McHoul    Fr.    New Hampshire    Westwood, Mass./Westwood
Defense    Alyssa Fleming    Fr.    Stony Brook    Shoreham, N.Y./Shoreham-Wading River
Midfield    Vanessa VanderZalm    Fr.    Vermont    Pelham, Ontario/Notre Dame College

All-Academic Team
Jess Antelmi     Sr.    Albany    3.31    Mathematics
Rachael Burek    Sr.    Albany    3.54    Business Administration
Ariana Parker    Sr.    Albany    3.32    Psychology
Katherine Hunsberger    Sr.    Binghamton    3.65    Integrated Neuroscience
Sydney Godett     Jr.    Boston U.    3.67    Communication
Jamie Fahey    Sr.    UMBC    3.32    Psychology
Jamie DePetris     Jr.    New Hampshire    3.91    Finance
Kayleigh Hinkle    So.    New Hampshire    3.47    Communication
Laura Puccia    So.    New Hampshire    3.63    Neuroscience
Jenny Simpson     Sr.    New Hampshire    3.56    Sport studies
Kaitlyn Harrison    Sr.    Stony Brook    3.32    Health Science
Justyne Passarelli    Sr.    Stony Brook    3.52    Health Sciences
Jen Madsen    Sr.    Vermont    3.77    Statistics
*13 members due to a tie in voting

Co-Rookies of the Year: Rachel Bowles, Albany; Laura McHoul, New Hamsphire

Co-Players of the Year: Demmianne Cook, Stony Brook; Rachael Burek, Albany

Coach of the Year: John Battaglino, Albany