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Program-best three Bearcats earn America East All-Conference recognition
Castiglie, Moore and Lukefahr all named to second-team
May 4, 2011Tweet
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Three members of the Binghamton women’s lacrosse team garnered America East All-Conference accolades, the conference office announced Wednesday. Senior attack Ali Castiglie, senior midfielder Beth Moore and junior defender Lauren Lukefahr were all selected to the second-team. It is the first time in the program’s ten year history that three players have earned all-conference recognition in the same season.
A member of the leadership panel that led the team in goals for the third straight season, Moore earned her first all-conference honor. She finished the season with 41 goals, 37 ground balls, 23 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers, ranking among the best in the conference. During the 2011 season, Moore broke the school-record for career goals (119) and her own single-season goals record (41). She will also finish out her career as the program’s all-time leader in caused turnovers with 64.
“Over her four years Beth has been with the program she has developed into a workhorse up and down the field,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “Its truly a testament to her dedication that she was finally recognized for all that she does on the field.”
Castiglie will also end a spectacular career with her second all-conference nomination (named to all-rookie team in 2008). She tallied 36 goals and eight assists during the 2011 campaign, breaking BU’s all-time points record in the process (160). Castiglie’s six-goal performance against Vermont tied the program’s single-game scoring record. Her strong play placed her in the conference top-ten in both goals per game and points per game.
“Ali took on an offensive leadership role this year and by helping develop the younger girls it made her a better player,” Zostant continued. “I’m very glad to see her contributions recognized and make the all-conference team as a senior.”
Lukefahr’s selection gives Binghamton a defender on the second-team for the third consecutive season. She completed the season second on the team in draw controls with 30 and caused turnovers with 21. Her 1.24 caused turnovers per game was the sixth best average in the conference. Lukefahr also corralled 27 ground balls and scored her lone collegiate goal against Colgate.
“Lauren has grown as a defender and taken her game to another level.” Zostant proclaimed. “I’m extremely happy that the other coaches in the conference noticed her abilities as well.”
In addition to the three all-conference selections, BU senior goal keeper Lauren Scott was named to the America East All-Academic Team. A business administration major with a cumulative GPA of 3.66, Scott led the conference in saves per game with 9.41 and played an astounding 1,080 minutes in goal. She was named to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the IWLCA Honor Roll in 2010. Scott is the program’s second all-academic team nominee since its inception in 2005. Lauren Wetherell was named to the squad in 2006.
“By having the second highest GPA on the All-Academic Team, Lauren’s seleciton validates all the hard work that she has put in during her four-year career here at Binghamton.”
The Bearcats ended their season over the weekend with a two-games-in-two-days stretch that was a roller coaster of emotions. First BU rallied from a five-goal second half deficit to defeat Columbia, 12-11, Saturday. Then honored their seniors on Sunday, in which they held a 10-5 lead over New Hamphire, but were held scoresless over the final 20 minutes and lost to the Wildcats, 12-10, dashing BU’s hopes of making their first playoff appearance.