Cambridge, Mass.-- University at Albany freshman midfielder Ariana Parker (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) netted a last-minute gamewinner last week to earn both the Player and the Rookie of the Week awards for the period ending April 17. Parker also picked up the WomensLax.com Rookie of the Week earlier today for her performance. Binghamton University senior goalkeeper Lauren Scott (Jarrettsville, Md./North Hartford) earned America East's Defensive Player of the Week, also as announced on Monday afternoon by the conference office.
Parker fueled Albany's comeback conference victory Saturday on the road to keep the Great Danes undefeated on the season. In a 12-11 win over Boston U., Parker scored all five of her goals in the second half, reversing her team's 5-4 halftime deficit. The freshman scored the gamewinner on a free-position shot with 10.4 seconds remaining. Earlier in the half, she tied the contest at nine apiece with 10:07 remaining.
Parker also picked up one ground ball and one caused turnover against the Terriers. She converted both of her free-position attempts on the day and was very efficient with her shots, scoring on all five shots. She ranks fourth in America East with 2.42 goals per game (29 goals) and is 10th with 2.50 points per game (30 points).
Scott put forth a superb performance between the pipes in Sunday's game at UMBC, keeping the Bearcats in the game for the full 60:00. Scott recorded 14 saves, the most in a league game this year, after facing 32 shots in the 9-8 loss. She also corralled two ground balls, and finished the game with a .609 save percentage.
The senior leads America East with 9.64 saves per game this season. Her performance last week improved her season save percentage to .446, good for fourth in the conference.
Albany (12-0, 4-0 AE) edged defending America East champion Boston University, 12-11, on April 16. The Great Danes won for the first time in six trips to Nickerson Field, including a 2008 conference semifinal matchup… Albany has won 11 consecutive America East Conference regular-season games… The Great Danes have recorded consecutive one-goal wins in the Boston U. series after the Terriers were victorious in the opening 11 meetings… Ariana Parker (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) scored five goals, all in the second half, against Boston U. The freshman netted the gamewinner with 10.4 seconds remaining... Jodi Battaglia (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) recorded her 17th career hat trick with a three-goal effort. The senior attacker provided her team with leads of 10-9 and 11-10 in the final nine minutes of play. Battaglia has moved to ninth in goals (90) and 11th in points (120) on the school’s career charts… Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) was heavily involved in her team’s four-goal run to start the final period with two caused turnovers and two ground balls in that span... Senior attacker Taylor Frink (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) handed out two assists and scored once at Boston U.… Albany has won four one-goal decisions this spring, including victories over Penn State, Oregon and Boston College… The Great Danes, who were ranked in the IWLCA (#10) and deBeer/Inside Lacrosse (#7) national polls last week, are one of three unbeaten NCAA Division I programs.
Binghamton University (3-11, 1-3 AE) suffered its second consecutive one-goal loss last Saturday, as the Bearcats fell at UMBC, 9-8... The back and forth affair witnessed five ties and no lead greater than two...UMBC took the final lead with eight minutes to play and hung on with a solid defensive performance... Seniors Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) and Beth Moore (Happauge, N.Y./Happauge) recorded a pair of hat tricks for the Bearcats... Goalie Lauren Scott (Jarrettsville, MD/North Harford) stood tall for Binghamton, stopping 14 of the 23 shots she faced... Moore, third in the conference with 2.38 goals per game, upped her season total to 34... Castiglie, also in the top 10 in goals per game, now has 30 goals on the year... Binghamton is the second team in the conference to have a pair of 30-goal scorers (UMBC)... Up next for Binghamton is the undefeated Albany Great Danes, who are ranked seventh in the deBeers poll... The Bearcats will be hosting Albany, Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.
Boston U. fell to 6-7 (2-2 AE) with losses to No. 14 Boston College, 10-7, on Wednesday and No. 7/10 Albany, 12-11, on Saturday… The Terriers dropped to 1-4 against ranked opponents in 2011… Boston U. has dropped three straight games for the first time since 2009… The Terriers have not lost four straight since falling in five consecutive games during the 2004 season… Junior Hannah Frey (Pearl River, N.Y./Nanuet) and sophomore Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) paced Boston U. with six goals and an assist each… Frey added a ground ball, while Etrasco collected three draw controls and two caused turnovers… Sophomore Brittany Carlin (Summit, N.J./Chatham) and freshman Christie Hart (Upperco, Md./McDonogh School) had strong defenses performances this week… Hart registered five ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls, and Carlin notched four caused turnovers and draw controls and three ground balls… Prior to Saturday’s game against Albany, The Terriers' five seniors - Erica Baumgartner (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), Courtney Burd (Hunt Valley, Md./Bryn Mawr), Kate Cipolletti (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury), Rachel Collins (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and Corcoran Downey (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) - were honored alongside their families... During the past four seasons, they helped Boston U. to a 50-23 record and 19-3 conference mark as the Terriers won three straight America East championships.
UMBC (10-5, 4-1 AE) split a pair of home games last week… The Retrievers fell to cross-town rival Johns Hopkins, 12-7, in non-conference action on Wednesday… Junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) posted her third hat trick in as many games… UMBC defeated America East rival Binghamton, 9-8, in its final home game of the season on Sunday, clinching its second straight America East Championship berth… Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) led the Retrievers with three goals… At 10-5, the Retrievers own their best record after 15 games since 2002, when they were 11-4… After winning 11 games last season, UMBC has posted 10 wins in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2002-03… The Retrievers’ four America East victories are their most since winning five in 2006, when they claimed a share of the league’s regular-season title… Pappas ranks 14th all-time at UMBC with 105 career goals and 16th with 131 points… Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) is fourth all-time with 56 career assists and tied for 17th with 130 points… Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) has scored a point in 20 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Krause has one in all 15 contests this season and Pappas has scored a goal in 11 straight. She leads the Retrievers with 34 goals, 49 points, 26 ground balls, 24 draw controls and 17 caused turnovers, while Braerman is tops with 17 assists.
UNH (7-6, 2-2 AE) won its third consecutive home game by doubling up Stony Brook, 12-6, at Memorial Field on April 16... UNH finished with 34 shots, the team's second-highest total of the season, and limited SBU to 16 shots, the second-lowest total by an opponent... UNH's 15 draw controls marked the team's second-highest total of the season, and the +10 margin was a season high... The Wildcats recorded an assist on 7 of 12 goals in last Saturday's game; they have assisted on 62 of 130 goals (48%) overall in 2011... UNH committed 10 fouls, the lowest total of the season, against Stony Brook... Junior captains Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) tallied five points apiece against SBU... Cohen matched her career high of three goals to equal her personal best of five points... Rausch tallied a career-high three assists, and she has 17 points (10g, 7a) in four conference games... Senior captain Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) recorded five draw controls, the highest total by a Wildcat this season, against the Seawolves; she also had one goal, one assist, one ground ball and two caused turnovers... In four home games, Kathleen O'Keefe (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) is 3-1 with a 7.68 GAA and .435 save percentage.
Stony Brook (4-9, 1-4 AE) lost its only game of the week, a 12-6 decision at New Hampshire despite three more goals from senior Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.), who now has 10 goals over her last three matches.She has 23 goals for the season, second only to senior Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and her 24 goals... Djaha surpassed Carlee Buck (2004-07) for fifth place in program history in career goals. She now has 94... Cook is one spot ahead of her in fourth place with 108... Senior Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) tallied a pair of goals and is third on the team overall with 22... With her 44th career assist Saturday, junior Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) surpassed Diana Caroleo (2005-08) for fourth place all-time at Stony Brook in career assists... Her fellow feeder freshman Alyssa Cardillo (Farmingdale, N.Y.) notched her 20th assist of the season, good for ninth all-time in SBU single-season history. She has a team-leading 30 points this season... Freshman Tara Gerstacker (Manorville, N.Y.) had six ground balls and three caused turnovers at UNH. She leads the team in both categories this season with 26 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.She also has 18 draw controls to her credit, second-best among the Seawolves... Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made 12 saves at UNH, her fifth 10+ save effort of the season. She is second in America East in save percentage (.453)... Stony Brook will host Boston U. Saturday in its home finale of 2011 when the Seawolves will honor their nine outgoing seniors.
Vermont (7-8, 1-3 AE) dropped a 20-8 decision to No. 14 Boston College in the only game of the week for the Catamounts... Freshman standout Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) scored twice and handed out an assist to lead UVM... Her assist on teammate Adison Rounds' (Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe) goal allowed Mas to set a new single-season rookie scoring record at UVM... She broke the mark of 53 set in 2006 by former All-American Kristen Millar '09... Earlier in the season, Mas also broke UVM's freshmen single-season goals mark. She has 46 goals and 54 points in 14 games for the Catamounts. She is the 11th player in Vermont history to record 50-plus points in a season. Her 54 points are the sixth most in a single-season and her 46 goals are tied for the third most in one year... Vermont is 0-3 versus ranked opponents this season... UVM travels to UNH on Saturday (April 23) before hosting Boston U. in the regular season finale on April 30.