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Hunsberger Named To America East All-Conference First Team
McNulty and Rodgers earn All-Rookie Honors; Hunsberger also named to All-Academic Team
May 2, 2013Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Katherine Hunsberger made history today, becoming the first-ever Binghamton women’s lacrosse player to be named to the America East all-conference first team and back-to-back All-Academic teams, as announced by the conference Thursday evening at the annual awards reception held on the campus of Stony Brook University, the site of the 2013 Women’s Lacrosse Championship. Freshmen Allie Rodgers and Erin McNulty also garnered all-conference recognition, each being named to the All-Rookie team.
Hunsberger, a four-year letterwinner, finished her 2013 campaign first or second on the team in almost every major statistical category. The senior captain was first in goals (35), points (36) and draw controls (76) and second in ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (10). Hunsberger completed the year second in the conference in draw controls per game (5.43) and seventh in goals per game (2.50).
“I couldn’t be more proud of Katherine being honored by the America East for both her efforts on the field and in the classroom,” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “Her relentless dedication to reaching her goals as a student-athlete is unparalleled. Her contributions to this program are immense and she is incredibly deserving of these accolades.”
Hunsberger started all 14 games for the Bearcats and ended the season ranked among the nation’s top 10 in draw controls. She found the back of the net in every game of 2013 and concluded her career on a 17-game goal streak dating back to April 2012. The standout midfielder netted seven hat tricks including four in a row to end the year for a career total of 13.
During her final season as a Bearcat the Cortland, N.Y. native etched her name into the Binghamton record books setting the all-time program record for draw controls with 152. Hunsberger surpassed Lauren Wetherell’s (2003-06) total of 135. Her 76 draw controls broke her own single-season school record of 51, which she set last season. Hunsberger also finished her illustrious career fifth all-time in program history with 83 goals.
As dynamic as she is on the field, Hunsberger was just as prolific off, being named to her second straight America East All-Academic Team. Hunsberger maintains a 3.65 GPA as a integrated neuroscience major and is a three-time America East Honor Roll selection. She is just the third Bearcat to be named to the All-Academic team and the first to earn the honor twice.
Binghamton placed a pair of newcomers on the America East All-Rookie team for the second time in program history. McNulty and Rodgers join Ali Castiglie and Lisa Illig (2008) as the second Bearcat duo to earn all-conference recognition in their first year of eligibility. The pair of rookies are the 10th and 11th Binghamton freshmen to garner the honor.
McNulty started 10 games in goal for the Bearcats finishing the season with 96 saves. The highly touted freshman from Holbrook, N.Y. led Binghamton with 22 ground balls while causing five turnovers out of net. McNulty was named Rookie of the Week on March 25 after helping the Bearcats halt a 14-game losing streak with a 10-7 win over Siena.
Rodgers played in all 14 games for the Bearcats, getting 10 starts. The first-year player from Baldwin, N.Y. scored 10 goals and handed out three assists for the fourth highest point total on the team. Rodgers recorded three multi-goal games from her midfield position while picking up eight draw controls, seven ground balls and four caused turnovers.
“Erin and Allie are also very deserving of these honors and I hope there are many more to come for these young ladies,” Allen continued. “Both are tremendously hard workers and will be staples in continuing to build this program. They immediately made an impact on the field for us this year and I’m excited to see them reach their potential as student-athletes here at Binghamton.“
Binghamton finished the season 2-12, but picked up its fourth America East victory since joining the league in 2002 with a 7-6 win over Vermont in late March.