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Stone Dubbed America East Player of the Week
Junior midfielder sets new program record for goals in a game (7) against Marist
March 12, 2012Tweet
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Binghamton women’s lacrosse midfielder Kristen Stone was named America East Player of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday afternoon. Stone, a junior from Clarence Center, N.Y., scored nine goals in two games last week, including a program record-setting performance of seven against Marist. It is the first honor of 2012 for a Bearcat.
“Kristen (Stone) has come out extremely focused for every game this season,” head coach Tony Zostant said. “It’s great to see that all the hard work she has put into her training is paying off. After receiving this accolade, I’m sure she will work even harder to step her game up.”
Stone began the week helping the Bearcats overcome an 8-1 deficit at Marist last Wednesday for the 17-16 sudden death overtime victory. Down seven goals midway through the first half, Stone netted two goals late in the half to help cut the lead to one by the break. From there she exploded for five second-half goals, including the equalizers in both regulation and overtime. Stone scored four of Binghamton’s last five goals to help BU earn its first victory of the season and first-ever against Marist. Her play in the draw circle was just as crucial, as she picked up a career-high seven draw controls. At Canisius last Friday, Stone found the back of the net twice while fighting off blistery conditions in Buffalo to lead BU to the 11-9 victory.
The all-around play of Stone, who has made the transition from defender to midfielder this season, assisted the Bearcats in winning consecutive games for the first time since 2006 and just the second time ever.
Stone is just the second Binghamton player ever to be named America East Player of the Week. Binghamton’s all-time points leader, Ali Castiglie, earned the honor last April.
Binghamton looks to continue its winning streak at Lehigh on Wednesday, March 14 at 3:30 p.m.