PISCATAWAY, NJ - Rutgers University junior midfielder Katie Batiuk (Jackson, NJ) was a unanimous selection to the women’s lacrosse All-BIG EAST First Team, the league announced Monday afternoon. She was one of three Scarlet Knights honored, along with junior defender Anne Marchitello (Medford Lakes, NJ) and freshman standout Katy Lawrence (Pylesville, MD), who were named to the Second Team.
It marked the fourth straight season in which the Scarlet Knights had at least three players receive BIG EAST postseason honors.
Batiuk was a unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team after she was the Rutgers team leader in goals (39), assists (23), caused-turnovers (23), draw-controls (35) and third on the team in groundballs (29) as a junior. It marked the third time in as many years that Batiuk was honored with a postseason award. In 2005, she was named the BIG EAST’s Midfielder of the Year as a sophomore and in 2003, she was selected to the Second Team. The junior was particularly clutch down the stretch for the Scarlet Knights, registering 21 goals in the team’s final eight games. She scored at least three goals in nine of RU’s 16 games and was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on four different occasions this year. She was also named the BIG EAST’s Offensive Player of the Week after she scored four goals and dished out one assist in RU’s BIG EAST victory over rival Connecticut. She averaged nearly four points per game (3.88) and scored in all but one of RU’s contests. Batiuk made a major run up many of RU’s all-time statistical leader boards. After her efforts in 2006, she is now fourth on the all-time Rutgers assists list with 50. She stands alone in fifth place on the all-time points list with 168 and her 91 career draw-controls tie her for third place all-time with Pearl Park ’99.
After a stellar junior season, Marchitello was acknowledged with her second consecutive All-BIG EAST Second Team selection. The former midfielder switched to a defender role this season and flourished, helping guide a youthful Rutgers team which included five regular freshman contributors. Marchitello tied for third on the team with 29 groundballs and her 18 caused-turnovers were good for second on the team behind Batiuk. She started all 16 of RU’s games this season and tallied two goals and one assist in Rutgers’ final five games. Marchitello also tallied at least two groundballs in 10 of RU’s 16 games.
Lawrence earned postseason honors in this her first season “On the Banks.” The freshman played in 15 games for RU and started 14 of them, as she served as a vital scoring option behind Batiuk and sophomore Kate Shomo (Medford Lakes, NJ). Lawrence was named to the BIG EAST’s Weekly Honor Roll on March 7 after she led RU to a pair of impressive road victories -- at then No. 16 Hofstra and at Delaware. In those two games, the freshman tallied three goals, three assists and four draw-controls to lead the Scarlet Knight attack. She scored a point in all but one of the games she played in this season and her 19 goals over the team’s final nine games were second only to Batiuk. Altogether, Lawrence closed out her freshman campaign with 35 points on 24 goals and 11 assists. She also collected 11 groundballs, 28 draw-controls and caused three turnovers while tallying one game-winning goal.
Once again, head coach Laura Brand put together a competitive schedule that featured tilts against some of the nation’s best, including games against non-conference top-25 teams in: No. 10 Cornell, No. 1 Northwestern and No. 16 Hofstra. The BIG EAST Conference also featured four top-15 teams in No. 4 Georgetown, No. 7 Notre Dame, No. 12 Loyola and No. 14 Syracuse. While the team finished 7-9 (1-4 BIG EAST), it can look ahead to the 2007 campaign with much anticipation. The team’s core features proven veterans such as Batiuk, Shomo and Marchitello and the emergence of RU’s freshman class this season gives much hope for the future.
*All-BIG EAST First Team
^Katie Batiuk, M, So., Rutgers
^Shannon Burke, M/A, Jr., Connecticut
^Jillian Byers, A, Fr., Notre Dame
^Crysti Foote, M/A, So., Notre Dame
^Gaddy Fortune, M, Jr., Syracuse
Maura Kenny, A, So., Loyola-Md.
^Maggie Koch, GK, Jr., Georgetown
^Kate McHarg, M, Jr., Loyola-Md.
^Caitlin McKinney, A, So., Notre Dame
Lucy Poole, M, Sr., Georgetown
^Kathryn Rowan, A, Fr., Syracuse
^Coco Stanwick, A, Jr., Georgetown
Stephanie Zodtner, D, Sr., Georgetown
*All-BIG EAST Second Team
Chloe Asselin, D, Jr., Georgetown
Stephanie Bisset, D, So., Syracuse
Kristin Brady, M/A, So., Syracuse
Mary Carpenter, M, So., Notre Dame
Laura Cipro, D, Jr., Georgetown
Kate Filippelli, M, So., Loyola-Md.
Meaghan Fitzpatrick, D, Jr., Notre Dame
Kristen Haldeman, GK, Sr., Connecticut
Kathryn Lawrence, M, Fr., Rutgers
Anne Marchitello, M/D, Jr., Rutgers
Chelsea Strodel, D, Jr., Syracuse
Laura Trzasko, M/D, Jr., Connecticut
Abbey VanDeusen, M/A, Sr., Connecticut
^ - unanimous selection
* - An extra member has been added to the both the All-BIG EAST First and Second Teams due to ties in the voting