PISCATAWAY, NJ – Freshman midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) and junior defender Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ) were each named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Association (IWLCA) Mid-Atlantic Regional All-America Team. The pair of All-BIG EAST selections received second-team honors from the organization.
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. Batiuk was the lone freshman in the seven-school conference to earn BIG EAST post-season honors, earning a spot on the league’s second team.
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. Seals is a two-time All-BIG EAST Second-Team selection, earning league post-season accolades in 2001 and 2004.
The duo become the sixth and seventh Scarlet Knights to earn Regional All-America honors in the past three seasons. Last season, current RU goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) and former midfielder Melissa Mosey were named second-team regional All-Americans.
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.