CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Binghamton University junior attacker Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) was tabbed the 2010 America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year after receiving nearly a quarter of the 2,800 votes.
Castiglie received 680 votes, or 24 percent of the fans' votes. University at Albany's Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland), the 2009 winner, earned runner-up status with 513 votes, or 18 percent, while Boston University's McKinley Curro (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan) followed as the fan favorite on 259, or 11 percent, of the ballots.
Castiglie has scored 30 goals in 14 games played this season, averaging 2.14 goals per game, which is good for eighth in the conference. She has also tallied 12 assists for 42 points this season, ranking sixth in America East with 3.00 points per game. The 2008 all-rookie selection has also picked up 19 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Castiglie recorded five hat tricks so far this season, including an eight-point effort on five goals and three assists against Bucknell. She also led the Bearcats to a victory over conference foe Stony Brook last weekend with a pair of goals and three assists for a five-point afternoon.
The Bearcats will play for a postseason berth tomorrow, Saturday, May 1 as they host UMBC at 12 noon. With a win and a Vermont loss to New Hampshire in Burlington at 1 p.m., Binghamton would earn the fourth seed, while Boston U. and Albany willl battle at 4 p.m. for the top seed in the upcoming 2010 America East Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Championship semifinals will be held on Thursday, May 6 at the site of the highest seed. The final will be played on Saturday, May 8 with the winner receiving an automatic berth in the NCAA Championship.
Stay tuned to AmericaEast.com throughout the weekend for championship coverage, including seedings, pairings and game times.