Cambridge, Mass.-- Boston University senior midfielder Corcoran Downey (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and University of Vermont freshman attack Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) repeat as conference Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, as announced by the America East office Monday afternoon. Binghamton University senior attack Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) had a career weekend en route to earning her first-ever Player of the Week honor.
Castiglie broke the Binghamton all-time points record while leading the Bearcats to a conference win over Vermont last week. The senior set a career high with six goals against the Catamounts on Saturday, the final tally coming with 56 seconds remaining and proving to be the game-winner in the 14-13 victory. Castiglie also added an assist to finish the afternoon with seven points. Earlier in the week, she scored twice and picked up three ground balls in a loss on the road at Colgate.
Castiglie has 32 points this season, including a team-high 26 goals. She ranks third in the conference with 2.36 goals per game and is tied for sixth with 2.91 points per game.
In the Terriers' only game of the week, Downey led Boston U. defensively to an America East win over visiting UMBC on Saturday. The senior, who is taking home her third weekly honor of the season, recorded game highs of four ground balls and three caused turnovers. She also won two draw controls. Additionally, Downey matched a career high with her fourth goal of the season.
Through two league games, Downey leads America East with 3.50 ground balls per game, and sits in a tie for second with 2.50 caused turnovers per game. She ranks fourth in both categories overall this season.
Mas compiled two-game weekly totals of nine goals, 10 points and 11 draw controls to continue her outstanding rookie campaign. She set a new UVM freshman record for goals, breaking teammate Allison Pfohl's record of 33 scores in 2009.
In a 10-9 win over Holy Cross, Mas tallied four goals, an assist, a ground ball and two draw controls. She paced the Catamounts once again against Binghamton, netting five goals and collecting nine draw controls. She also caused one turnover against the Bearcats. Mas continues to lead America East with 40 goals (3.64 gpg) and 46 points (4.18 ppg).
#11/7 Albany (9-0, AE 1-0) posted victories over #19/17 Boston College (11-10) and Stony Brook (11-5) last week… The Great Danes rallied from a three-goal deficit with less than seven minutes remaining to win at Boston College… Freshman Allie Phelan (Clarksville, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) scored a career-high three times, including the game-winner with 2:30 remaining… Jodi Battaglia (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) recorded her 14th career hat trick against Boston College. The senior attacker is 11th in goals (80) and 13th in points (106) on the school’s career charts. Battaglia has tallied two or more points in six consecutive starts… Freshman Persy Sample (Stow, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) handed out a career-best two assists, while sophomore Jess Antelmi (Bridgeport, N.Y. / Chittenango) netted the third goal of her career in the comeback win… The Great Danes won their America East Conference opener for the third consecutive year in the victory at Stony Brook… Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) recorded caree highs in goals (4) and points (5) and did all of her scoring in the second half. The All-America defensive midfielder leads a unit that is first in the nation in scoring defense at 6.11 goals per game… Freshman Ariana Parker (Port Ewen, N.Y./Kingston) scored a pair of goals in each game last week… Albany joins Maryland (12-0), Northwestern (10-0) and Loyola, Md. (8-0) as the only unbeaten NCAA Division I programs and moved up to #7 this week in the DeBeer/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Binghamton University (3-9, 1-1 AE) went 1-1 last week, including a thrilling, 14-13 win over Vermont in an America East showdown... Binghamton began the week by dropping its last contest of its five-game road trip at Colgate, 19-9... Binghamton, only down three at the half, was overpowered in the second stanza as Colgate outscored the Bearcats, 11-4... Seniors Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) and Beth Moore (Happauge, N.Y./Happauge) and junior Lis Zuern (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) each had two goals in the game... Binghamton's week was highlighted by its 14-13 triumph over Vermont... It was just Binghamton's third-ever conference victory as Castiglie led the Bearcats with six goals... During the game, Castiglie set the Binghamton all-time record for points, and now has 149 in her career... After holding an 8-5 halftime lead, Vermont tied the game at nine, but Binghamton would go on to score four of the next five goals... Up 13-10, the Catamounts cut the Bearcat lead to one with 1:42 remaining, but Castiglie scored with 56 seconds to play to secure the victory for Binghamton... Zuern had three goals for Binghamton, while Moore added two... The Bearcats are back in action next Saturday, April 9, as they travel to Stony Brook, N.Y. to take on the Seawolves. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. from Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
The Boston University lacrosse team (6-4, 2-0 AE) won its third straight game with a 13-9 victory against UMBC on Saturday in a rematch of last year’s conference title game… The Terriers have now won six straight against the Retrievers… Tied 5-5 after the first half, Boston U. used a 6-2 run in the second to take an 11-7 advantage… Sophomore Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) paced Boston U. with six points (5g, 1a)… Junior Molly Swain (Cambridge, Mass./Beaver Country Day School) tallied a career-high four goals, all in the second half, while classmate Hannah Frey (Pearl River, N.Y./Nanuet) collected three points (1g, 2a)… Senior Corcoran Downey (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial), who matched a career high with her fourth goal of the season, registered game highs in both ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (3), while freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan (Ellicott City, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) improved to 5-2 with four saves... Boston U. will return to action on Wednesday (April 6) when it travels to New Hampshire for a conference matchup at 4 p.m.
UMBC (7-4, 1-1 AE) fell to defending America East champion Boston University, 13-9, on Saturday in a rematch of the 2010 league title game… The score was tied, 5-5, at halftime, but the Terriers outscored the Retrievers, 8-4, in the second half… Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston), senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) and sophomore midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J./Voorhees) each tallied twice, while junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) recorded two assists… Stodter added three ground balls, three draw controls and two caused turnovers… Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made five saves… Junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) recorded the 100th point of her career with a first-half goal. She joins Braerman and senior midfielder Amanda Pappas in the 100-point club, and they are the fifth trio of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece… Braerman is tied for sixth all-time in UMBC history with 52 career assists… Stodter has scored a point in 16 straight games dating to April 10, 2010… Braerman leads the Retrievers with 35 points and 13 assists… Pappas has scored a team-best 25 goals… The Retrievers host America East rival Stony Brook on Wednesday, then visit league foe Vermont on Saturday.
UNH (5-5, 0-1 AE) fell to .500 on the season with last Friday's 8-6 road loss to Harvard... The Wildcats built a 6-0 lead in 20 minutes but the Crimson closed within 6-5 before halftime, then outscored the 'Cats, 3-0, in the second half, including an empty-net goal at the final buzzer... The span of 40 minutes, 27 seconds is the longest stretch that UNH has been shut out this season... UNH recorded five assists on six goals and four 'Cats tallied two points at Harvard... That game marked the first this season that the team leading at halftime did not go on to victory... UNH now has a 1-5 record when scoring in single digits and the 'Cats are winless (0-4) when the opposition has the advantage in ground balls... UNH has committed more turnovers than the opponent just two times in 10 games... Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tallied two goals, two ground balls, one draw control and one caused turnover at Harvard... The Wildcats, who have played at home just twice in 10 games, play the first of four April home games Wednesday against Boston University.
Stony Brook (3-7, 0-2 AE) lost its only game of the week, but battled hard against nationally ranked Albany... Despite the score, 11-5, the two teams were within one or two goals of each other for 50 of the match's 60 minutes... Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.) was Stony Brook's leading scorer for the game with three goals, including the match's first goal three minutes in to give the Seawolves their first lead... Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) and Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) also scored for the Seawolves, and Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) added her team-leading 17th assist of the season... Stony Brook won 11 of 18 draw controls against Albany and held the Great Danes to 2-for-8 free-position shooting... A big part of the defense was goalie Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.), who made 10 saves, including five on free position attempts... After playing Albany, Stony Brook has now had three matches against nationally ranked opponents (Massachusetts, Maryland, Albany) and two more against teams that were not ranked at the time of the match, but have been ranked at some point this season (Denver, Johns Hopkins)...Stony Brook has two matches this week as it looks to get back on track, Wednesday at UMBC and Saturday at home vs. Binghamton.
Vermont (7-5, 1-1 AE) went 1-1 on the week, earning a one-goal victory over Holy Cross (10-9) and falling by a goal at Binghamton (14-13)... Freshman attack Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) scored four goals and added an assist in the win over Holy Cross. She set a new UVM freshman record for goals in a season in the game against the Crusaders, breaking the mark of 33 held by teammate Allison Pfohl, which she set in 2009 during her rookie season... The win over the Crusaders extended UVM's win streak to five games, matching the longest in the program's history... The streak came to an end with a 14-13 loss at Binghamton... Mas scored five goals and collected nine draw controls in that game. She begins the week with 40 goals and 40 draw controls on the year and continues to lead UVM in scoring... Vermont travels to Albany on Wednesday (April 6, 3 p.m.) and hosts UMBC on Saturday (April 9, 11 a.m.).