PISCATAWAY, NJ – Sophomore midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) and senior goalie Lyndsey Feldman (Ft. Myers, FL) were each named to the IWLCA/US Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic All-Region Second Team, the committee announced.
The pair were among 96 student-athletes honored by the committee, separated into three regions (North, Mid-Atlantic and South). Each member of the group is now eligible for selection to the All-American teams, announced this Sunday at the NCAA Championship game in Annapolis, MD.
It is both Batiuk’s and Feldman’s second All-Region honor. Batiuk was a second team selection last season, while Feldman was a second team pick in 2003. The pair were honored as First-Team All-BIG EAST selections a little more than a week ago, while Batiuk was named the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year.
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 finished second in the BIG EAST in scoring and is currently 19th in the nation in goals per game (2.94). She also tied for sixth in the BIG EAST in draw controls. The midfielder 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.
Feldman, who played every minute of the season between the posts for the Scarlet Knights, recently received her third-consecutive BIG EAST postseason honor. She was named the 2005 Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year. Feldman led the BIG EAST and currently ranks ninth 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. The goalie registered double-figure saves in 11 of Rutgers’ 16 games during the season. Feldman ended her career fourth on the school’s all-time saves list with 508 career stops.
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.