PISCATAWAY, NJ – Senior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) was named the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, in a vote by the league’s head coaches, it was announced on Monday. Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players in both the individual and team polls. Rutgers was picked to finish fourth in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll, while senior defender Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ) joined Feldman on the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
The Scarlet Knights received 12 votes to finish fourth behind nationally-ranked powers Georgetown, Notre Dame and Syracuse, which filled out the poll as the first, second and third teams, respectively.
Feldman, a two-time All-BIG EAST postseason selection, became the second Scarlet Knight to earn Defensive Player of the Year honors in the past four seasons and the first to earn the preseason accolade as the program embarks on its fifth year as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. First-year Rutgers assistant coach Kristin Checksfield was named the conference’s 2002 postseason Defensive player of the Year. Feldman was a First-Team All-BIG EAST pick in 2003 and a second-team selection in 2004. She played all 60 minutes in all but four games last season, including the final six contests. Feldman was named the 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 a victory over Connecticut with a career-high 26 saves – the most in a game in Division I play around the nation this season. The net-minder compiled a 7-7 record in 2004, holding an opponent to four goals or less three times. She finished with a save percentage of .577, good for tops in the BIG EAST and third 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.
Like Feldman, Seals is also a two-time selection to the postseason All-BIG EAST team, earning second-team accolades in 2001 and 2004. She begins her second year as a co-captain for the Scarlet Knights in 2005 after anchoring the RU defensive third with a team-high 23 caused turnovers and 30 ground balls, good for second on the team last season. Seals was fourth in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers overall and second in the league during conference games. Seals had a dominant defensive performance against Virginia Tech with 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.
Rutgers will open its season at home against Hofstra Saturday, Feb. 26, while the Scarlet Knights will kickoff BIG EAST play March 11, hosting Boston College.
2005 WOMEN”S LACROSSE PRESEASON POLL
2004 records 2004 Finish
School Points BIG EAST Overall Regular Season
1. *Georgetown (5) 25 6-0 13-5 1st
2. Notre Dame 20 4-2 12-5 T-2nd
3. Syracuse (1) 18 4-2 9-6 T-2nd
4. RUTGERS 12 3-3 7-8 4th
5. Connecticut 10 2-4 8-8 5th
6. Boston College 5 0-6 6-11 7th
First-place votes in parentheses
* - 2004 BIG EAST Champion
PRESEASON OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Monica Joines, Syracuse, Sr., M
PRESEASON DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
LYNDSEY FELDMAN, Rutgers, Sr., GK
PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM
Susie Breaznell, Boston College, Sr., A
Carley St. Lucia, Boston College, Sr., M*
Tracy Mullaney, Connecticut, Sr., A*
Lauryn Bernier, Georgetown, Sr., M
Allison Chambers, Georgetown, Sr., M
Sarah Oliphant, Georgetown, Sr., A*
Sarah Robinson, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Crysti Foote, Notre Dame, Jr., M/A*
Jess Mikula, Notre Dame, Sr., M/D
LYNDSEY FELDMAN, Rutgers, Sr., GK
CATHERINE SEALS, Rutgers, Sr., D
Monica Joines, Syracuse, Sr., M*
Stephanie Walker, Syracuse, Jr., M
* - unanimous selection
a tie in the voting created an additional
position on the preseason team