PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
The midfielder totaled 10 goals and an assist in two games this past week. She matched her career high with six goals, including the game-winning score, to lead Rutgers to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over No. 19 Ohio State Sunday at Yurcak Field. Sunday marked the second time in her career she scored six goals in a match, previously achieving the feat against Villanova on April 6 of this season, while scoring the game-winning goal in a 15-3 victory over the Wildcats.
The sophomore’s game-winning free-position goal against the Buckeyes marked the 100th point in her 28-game Rutgers career. She becomes the 15th member of the schools’ 100-point club with 75 career goals and 25 career assists. Batiuk sits just one point behind 14th-place Mary Beth Dwyer (1984-87) on the school’s all-time scoring list.
She opened the week with four goals and an assist at No. 13 Syracuse on Friday. Batiuk leads the team with 53 points on 43 goals and 10 assists this season. She entered last week 19th in the country in goals per game (3.00) but has since increased that average to 3.31 goals per game following Rutgers’ two games this past week.
Batiuk is second in the BIG EAST in goals and third in overall scoring. She has scored at least one goal in each of Rutgers’ 13 games this season, with multiple scores in all but three contests. Batiuk has scored at least one goal in 26 of her 28 career games as a Scarlet Knight, with at least one goal in 19-straight games dating back to last season.
Monday’s honor marks Batiuk’s first career BIG EAST Player of the Week award. She was an All-BIG EAST Second Team selection as a freshman last season but was never the recipient of a player of the week award by the league. Batiuk was named an Inside Lacrosse Honorable Mention Division I Player of the Week on March 8 of last season.
Batiuk is the second Scarlet Knight to be awarded a BIG EAST Player of the Week award this season. She joins senior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL), who took home Defensive Player of the Week honors on two different occasions earlier this season on March 14 and March 21.
Rutgers travels to Philadelphia to face Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday in a 7 p.m. match.