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McNulty Tabbed America East Rookie of the Week
Freshman goalie is first Binghamton player to earn accolade since 2008
March 25, 2013Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Freshman goalie Erin McNulty was named America East Rookie of the Week after Binghamton snapped a 14-game losing streak last Wednesday, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. McNulty helped the Bearcats earn their first win of the season, a 10-7 triumph over Siena in Binghamton’s lone game of the week. It is the first weekly accolade for a Binghamton player this season.
“Erin has worked extremely hard to be mentally and physically prepared for every opportunity she’s been given this season,” interim head coach Stephanie Allen said. “This past week she looked like a veteran goalie out there, bringing a spark of energy to the defensive unit and coming up with some big plays. She displayed sound goal-tending decisions that you wouldn’t expect from a freshman. We look forward to watching her continue to develop her game and giving us consistent play in the cage.”
McNulty, who helped Allen earn her first career victory as a head coach, made 10 saves for the second time this season while holding Siena to just seven goals. Binghamton’s defense put the clamps down on the Saints holding an opponent to single-digit goals for the first time this season. The first-year player from Holbrook, N.Y. also made 10 stops against Canisius on March 2.
McNulty compiled a season-high .588 save percentage (10 saves, 17 shots on goal) playing all 60 minutes for the Bearcats. It was just the third time in five starts that McNulty was in goal for the entire contest. She also produced a pair of caused turnovers and three ground balls against the Saints. McNulty’s has grabbed a team-high 12 ground balls on the year.
The freshman goalie ranks fourth in conference in saves per game (6.83) and fifth in save percentage (.451). McNulty, who played at Sachem North HS on Long Island, is the program’s first-ever top-50 recruit, being tabbed the No. 4 goalie and No. 37 overall recruit of the 2011 class by ESPN.com.
Five Binghamton players have earned Rookie of the Week honors since the program was created in 2002, but McNulty is the first since 2008 when BU all-time points leaders Ali Castiglie garnered the award. Last season, Kristen Stone was named the league’s Player of the Week after setting a new school mark for goals in a game with seven to collect BU’s sole weekly award of the year.
Binghamton’s victory over Siena was its first since defeating Colgate 16-11 at home last March.