PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers University sophomore Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year, the league announced on Tuesday. She was one of four Scarlet Knights to receive postseason honors, joining fellow First-Team selection senior Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) and Second-Team picks sophomore Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) and senior Catherine Seals (Long Valley, NJ).
It marked the third-straight year Rutgers has had four Scarlet Knights receive BIG EAST postseason honors.
Batiuk was named the Midfielder of the Year after just her second season with the Scarlet Knights. She became the first Rutgers player to be named a BIG EAST Player of the Year in the postseason since current Rutgers assistant coach Kristin Checksfield took home Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. She was selected to the league’s First Team after earning Second-Team honors as a freshman last season. Batiuk ended the season with 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. She has scored at least one goal in 22-straight games, dating back to last season. Batiuk had multiple scores in 11 of Rutgers’ 16 games this season and is currently second in the BIG EAST in scoring and 20th in the nation in goals per game (2.94). She ranks 14th on the Rutgers all-time scoring list with 106 points (79 goals, 27 assists) after just two seasons. Batiuk led the team in eight offensive categories this season including points (59), goals (47), assists (12), game-winning goals (2), free-position goals (11), shots (111), shots on goal (81) and draw controls (28). Batiuk’s lone BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week award came after she totaled 10 goals and one assist in two games, including a career-high six goals to lead Rutgers to a 10-9 victory over No. 19 Ohio State. She tied for sixth in the league in draw controls. Last season, Batiuk was the lone freshman in the Conference to earn BIG EAST postseason honors.
Feldman, the Scarlet Knights’ goalie who played every minute of the season between the posts, earned BIG EAST postseason laurels for the third-consecutive season. It was her second appearance on the All-BIG EAST First Team, also earning a spot in 2001. She was a Second-Team selection last season. Feldman currently leads the BIG EAST and ranks 10th nationally with a .548 save percentage. She was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in consecutive weeks during the season and ended her career with five Defensive Player of the Week awards – the most of any Scarlet Knight in program history. She registered double-figure saves in 11 of Rutgers’ 15 games during the season. The netminder ended her career fourth on the school’s all-time saves list with 508 career stops. She was named the 2005 Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year
Like Feldman, the honor is Seals’ third of her career. The defender was named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team on two previous occasions in 2001 and 2004. A two-year co-captain, Seals finished with 14 caused turnovers in just 13 games to rank third on the team. She totaled 76 career caused turnovers to rank fourth on the Rutgers all-time list. Seals accumulated 28 ground balls this season, marking the third time in her career she recorded 20 or more ground balls in a season. She joined Feldman on the 2005 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team.
Marchitello earned her first career league honor. The midfielder led the BIG EAST in ground balls in both overall and league games, totaling 41 on the season overall and 19 during Conference action. Her 14 caused turnovers during BIG EAST play were tops in the league. She totaled 26 caused turnovers throughout the season to tie for second in the BIG EAST overall. Marchitello posted at least one ground ball in all but one game this season with a career-high six ground balls against Notre Dame and Connecticut. Offensively, Marchitello finished the season with nine goals.
Rutgers ended the season 6-10 overall, and 1-4 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights were forced to deal with an unusually high number of season-ending injuries, but fought hard through a schedule that included nine opponents recognized in this week’s IWLCA national poll.
2005 BIG EAST Awards
Attack Player of the Year
Coco Stanwick, Georgetown, So.
Defensive Player of the Year
Chloe Asselin, Georgetown, So.
Midfielder of the Year
KATIE BATIUK, RUTGERS, SO.
Coach of the Year
Bonnie Rosen, Connecticut (9th season)
All-BIG EAST First Team
*Susie Breaznell, Boston College, Sr., M/A
Carley St. Lucia, Boston College, Sr., M
Shannon Burke, Connecticut, So., M
*Tracy Mullaney, Connecticut, Sr., M
*Chloe Asselin, Georgetown, So., D
Ali Chambers, Georgetown, Sr., M
*Coco Stanwick, Georgetown, So., A
*Crysti Foote, Notre Dame, Jr., M/A
KATIE BATIUK, RUTGERS, SO., M
LYNDSEY FELDMAN, RUTGERS, SR., GK
*Caitlyn Dragon, Syracuse, Sr., A
*Monica Joines, Syracuse, Sr., A
* - Denotes unanimous selection
All-BIG EAST Second Team^
Jackie Yovankin, Boston College, Sr., M/D
Jacqui Hamilton, Connecticut, Sr., A
Kelly Robinson, Connecticut, Sr., D
Catherine Elbe, Georgetown, Sr., A
Sarah Robinson, Georgetown, Sr., GK
Stephanie Zodtner, Georgetown, Jr., D
Caitlin McKinney, Notre Dame, Fr., A
Jess Mikula, Notre Dame, Sr., D
Lena Zentgraf, Notre Dame, Jr., M
ANNE MARCHITELLO, RUTGERS, SO., D
CATHERINE SEALS, RUTGERS, SR., D
Jill DePetris, Syracuse, So., M
Meghan O’Connell, Syracuse, Jr., M
^ - Due to a tie in voting, there are 13 members on the All-BIG EAST Second Team