PISCATAWAY, NJ – Four Scarlet Knight women’s lacrosse players were honored by the BIG EAST Conference in its annual postseason awards, the league announced on Monday, May 10. Senior Maggie Bopp (Lindenhurst, NY), juniors Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) and Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ), and freshman Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) were each named All-BIG EAST Second Team selections. Voting was conducted among the league’s seven head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.
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. The award is Bopp’s first career BIG EAST postseason honor.
In her first season of competition at the collegiate level, Batiuk 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. In league contests, Batiuk tied for ninth in the conference in scoring with 17 points on 11 goals and six assists. 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.
For Feldman, this is her second-consecutive postseason BIG EAST honor. She was a First Team All-BIG EAST pick last season. Feldman was also one of two Scarlet Knights, along with senior co-captain Cristina Curiale (Summit, NJ), to be selected to the 2004 Preseason All-BIG EAST team. She played all 60 minutes in all but four games, including the final six contests of the season. Feldman was named BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Week on March 8 after totaling 33 saves in two games including a 19-save performance against Delaware. She had one caused turnover and three ground balls against the Blue Hens after making 14 stops in goal, in holding Hofstra scoreless for the first 16:57 of the game earlier in the week. Feldman led the Scarlet Knights to victory over Connecticut with a career-high 26 saves – the most in a game in Division I play around the nation this season. She began the year with five double-figure saves in her first six games, finishing with double-digit save efforts in nine contests this season. The net-minder compiled a 7-7 record in 2004, holding an opponent to four goals or less three times throughout the season. She finished with a save percentage of .577, good for tops in the BIG EAST and second in the country. Feldman also ranked among the top-20 in the nation in goals-against average at 8.52. She has never had a goals-against average creep above 9.00 in her three years in goal for the Scarlet Knights. The BIG EAST postseason award marks the third league honor of her career.
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. The award is Seals’ second postseason league honor. She was also named a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection following the 2001 season.
For the second-straight year, Rutgers has had four members represented on the postseason All-BIG EAST First or Second Team. RU has had at least three players earn conference postseason honors in each of its four-years in the BIG EAST.
Rutgers ended the year 7-8 overall, finishing 3-3 in the BIG EAST Conference to place fourth in the league for the second-consecutive year. 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.