PISCATAWAY, NJ - After leading the Rutgers University women’s lacrosse team to its first BIG EAST win of the season on Saturday evening behind four goals and one assist against the Connecticut Huskies, RU junior midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) was named the BIG EAST Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, the conference offices announced Monday afternoon.
The Scarlet Knights earned a win in their only game of the week, a 14-12 victory over conference rival Connecticut in Storrs, CT on Saturday night. Batiuk scored four goals and tallied one assist in the victory.
This marks the second time Batiuk has been named the BIG EAST Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week. The last time came during the 2005 season when she registered 10 goals and one assist during a two-game span, including a career-high six-goal performance against then No. 19 Ohio State.
The junior midfielder leads the Scarlet Knights in goals (29), assists (14), game-winning goals (four), draw-controls (26) and caused-turnovers (18). She is also second on the team in ground-balls with 26 and her 71 shots are tops for the Scarlet Knights.
In this her third season “On the Banks”, Batiuk has cemented herself as one of the top players in the program’s history. She recently cracked the 100-point club and with 149 total points for her career, she finds herself tied with Elizabeth Ferrara ’84 for seventh most points all-time. Batiuk’s 82 career draw-controls place her alone in fourth place on Rutgers’ all-time list behind Cathy Pecha ’83, Linda Larsen ’81 and Pearl park ’99 and with just 14 more goals, the junior will enter the top-five for most goals in Rutgers history.
Batiuk was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll last week for her efforts against Old Dominion and Temple. She was named to her first honor roll the week of Feb. 27 when she registered three goals, three draw-controls and three ground-balls against Northwestern, the nation’s top team. She was also named to the honor roll for the week of March 20 after she led the Scarlet Knights to victories over Manhattan and Saint Joseph’s behind six goals, four assists, nine ground-balls, six draw-controls and seven caused turnovers.
The Scarlet Knights will be back in action on Saturday, April 15, when they return to Ronald N. Yurcak Field to take on the Syracuse Orange at 3:30 p.m.