NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Rutgers women’s lacrosse program held its annual awards banquet Tuesday night at the Rutgers Club in New Brunswick, NJ.
Freshman Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) was named the program’s Most Valuable Player. In her first season of competition at the collegiate level, she led the team in seven offensive categories, including points (47), goals (32), assists (15), free-position goals (11), draw controls (28), shots (82) and shots on goal (50). Batiuk finished eighth in the BIG EAST in scoring and ninth in draw controls through games of May 4. She scored at least one goal in her final six games, ending the year with at least one goal in all but two games during the season, while registering multiple goals in 11 contests. In her second week of competition, Batiuk was named an Honorable Mention Inside Lacrosse Division I Player of the Week after scoring five goals, adding two assists in victories at Hofstra and Delaware. She finished the season with 28 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers, ranking third and fourth on the team, respectively.
Three honors that second-year head coach Laura Brand introduced upon her arrival at Rutgers were the Offensive, Defensive and Midfielder of the Year awards. This year’s recipients are senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY), who took home the Offensive Player of the Year award, junior Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ), who was named the Defensive Player of the Year and freshman Jamie Farewell (Medford Lakes, NJ), who took home Midfielder of the Year honors.
Bopp finished her final year with the Scarlet Knights with season highs in points (29), goals (28) and draw controls (21). She was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week on April 26 after scoring two goals in the final 1:09 to lift Rutgers to a 7-6 victory over second-ranked Notre Dame. Bopp scored a free-position shot with 1:09 remaining and recorded the game winner with 20 seconds remaining to give RU the upset win. She was also named an Honorable Mention womenslacrosse.com Division I Player of the Week for her late-game heroics against the Irish. Bopp finished second on the team in points and goals, ending her season on a tear with multiple goals in each of the last five games of the season. She scored a career-high five goals twice during the season against UPenn and Villanova. She also scored the game-winning tally against Boston College.
Seals, a co-captain for the Scarlet Knights during the 2003 season, anchored the RU defensive third with a team-high 23 caused turnovers and 30 ground balls, good for second on the team. Seals was fourth in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers overall and second in the league during conference games. She improved on her totals, establishing new season highs in both categories this season. Seals had a dominant defensive performance against Syracuse with five ground balls and four caused turnovers. She also had five ground balls against Cornell, adding a caused turnover. Against Virginia Tech, Seals recorded a career-high six caused turnovers. She registered at least one ground ball in all but two games and one caused turnover in all but three games.
Farewell recorded a team-high 36 ground balls, recording at least one ground ball in all but one game. She had a team season-high seven ground balls at Delaware, while causing three turnovers against No. 10 Syracuse. Farewell scored eight goals during the year, including two at Boston College, including single goals in her final two games against No. 2 Notre Dame and Old Dominion. She scored her first collegiate goal at Hofstra, also recording goals at No. 2 Georgetown (3/29), at Villanova (3/31) and at No. 14 Yale (4/7).
Sophomore Emily Widrick (Carthage, NY) took home the Scarlet Knights’ Most Improved Player award. She finished seventh on the team in scoring with 13 points and fourth on the team in goals with 12, after recording just one goal in 2003. Widrick had at least one point in eight games this season, scoring a career-high three goals against Boston College. Widrick also improved on her defensive numbers, recording nine caused turnovers (eight more than 2003) and 12 ground balls (10 more than 2003). She had a standout defensive effort at New Hampshire with three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Widrick totaled at least one ground ball in eight games during the season.
For the fourth-straight year, the program handed out the Coach’s Award, given to the member of the team who displayed unparallel commitment and dedication to the program both on and off the field. This year’s recipient was junior Genevieve Grossman (Moorestown, NJ). She saw action in two games this season against Boston College and New Hampshire. Genevieve was a valuable member of the team in many ways throughout the season, helping her teammates on the practice field while making select appearances in games.
Rutgers ended the year 7-8 overall, finishing 3-3 in the BIG EAST Conference to place fourth in the league. The Scarlet Knights played strong against several nationally-ranked teams this season, highlighted by a 7-6 victory over second-ranked Notre Dame on April 25.