PISCATAWAY, NJ - Junior midfielder Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) and junior midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) were named to the 2006 Preseason All-BIG EAST women's lacrosse team in a vote by the league's head coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players in the individual or team polls, and Rutgers received eight votes to finish fifth.
Batiuk is coming off of a stellar 2005 campaign in which she was named the BIG EAST Women's Lacrosse Midfielder of the Year and was a part of the All-BIG EAST First Team, after being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team after her freshman season.
Batiuk ended the season with 59 points on 47 goals and 12 assists. She scored at least one goal in 22-straight games, dating back to last season. Batiuk ranks 14th on the Rutgers all-time scoring list with 106 points (79 goals, 27 assists) after just two seasons and she 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).
Marchitello is looking to follow up her impressive sophomore season, in which she earned her first collegiate league honor, with an even better junior campaign.
In her second season on the women's lacrosse team, Marchitello emerged as the team's most consistent defender and because of her leadership ability; she has been transformed into a low-defender after playing her first two seasons in the midfield.
The former 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.
The Scarlet Knights will begin their 2006 season with an all-day scrimmage at Princeton on Feb 18 before playing host to the defending national champion Wildcats of Northwestern University on Feb. 26 at Yurcak Field.
'05 Season BIG EAST Finish
Team Points Overall BIG EAST Regular Season
1. Georgetown (5) 25 13-5 5-0 1st
2. Syracuse (1) 20 12-5 4-1 2nd
3. Loyola 17 5-11 -- --
T4. Connecticut 10 12-5 3-2 3rd
T4. Notre Dame 10 3-12 1-4 6th
5. Rutgers 8 6-10 1-4 5th
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Coco Stanwick, Jr., A, Georgetown
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Chole Asselin, Jr., D, Georgetwon
Preseason All-BIG EAST Team^
Coco Stanwick, Jr. A, Georgetown*
Chole Asselin, Jr., D, Georgetown*
Stephanie Zodtner, Sr., D, Georgetown
Caitlyn Dragon, Sr., A, Syracuse*
Meghan O'Connell, Sr., M, Syracuse
Jill DePetris, Jr., M, Syracuse
Sydney Greene, Sr., A, Loyola
Katie McHarg, So., A, Loyola*
Shannon Burke, Jr., M, Connecticut*
Katie Batiuk, So., M, Rutgers
Anne Marchitello, Jr., M, Rutgers
Julie Foote, So., M/A, Notre Dame*
Caitlin McKinney, So., M/A, Notre Dame*
Lena Zentgraf, Sr., D, Notre Dame
^ - Due to a tie in voting two extra members has been added to the preseason team
* - unanimous selection