Immediate Release: November 28, 2007
Contact: Anthony G. Naglieri (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Women's lacrosse welcomes 10 student athletes for 2008-09
N.Y.- First-year Binghamton women's lacrosse head coach Tony
Zostant has announced the signing of 10 student-athletes to national
letters of intent to join the Bearcats beginning with the 2008-09
"We are very excited about the incoming group and feel we
have an outstanding first recruiting class," said Zostant.
"These young ladies are all competitors with tremendous
work ethic and passion for the game. The attack and midfielders
have proven scoring ability and have the potential for creating
many scoring opportunities. Defensively, we have acquired solid,
mentally tough players with both stick skills and speed. We look
forward to having these 10 athletes on campus next fall, not
only making contributions on the field, but across the university
and community as well," said Zostant.
Meg Brown is a three-sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, lacrosse)
from Lindenhurst High School on Long Island. A 5-6 midfielder,
Brown is a three-time all-league honoree and team captain.
"Meg has a great understanding of the game," said Zostant.
"Her great field sense along with vision attribute to pin-point
passes and well-placed shots. Meg's speed, hustle, and determination
set her apart from others on the field."
Marie Cordaro is a 5-3 attacker from 2007 Class C State Champions
Shoreham Wading River High School on Long Island. In her three
seasons, the Shoreham squad has compiled a combined record of
54-9. Cordaro comes to Binghamton with a number of accolades.
She is a Section XI All-Division and all-tournament honoree,
US Lacrosse Academic All-American, as well as a three-time sportsmanship
"Marie will immediately prove to be a great asset coming
off a state championship and from a very competitive team,"
said Zostant. "Her leadership and competitiveness is in
line with our staff's philosophy. Marie is always a threat around
the cage as a goal scorer and feeder, and she will challenge
the best of defenders."
Caitlin Dowd, a 5-5 defender from Smithtown, N.Y., was an all-county
pick last year and the most outstanding defender on her Hauppauge
High School team. A versatile athlete she has earned letters
in four varsity sports (lacrosse, volleyball, swimming, and winter
"Caitlin's speed, stick skills, and intensity raise the
bar for our defensive unit," said Zostant. "Great footwork
and anticipation allow her to dominate on ground balls, draw
controls, and caused turnovers. Caitlin brings a wealth of experience
having started every game since her freshman year."
Hughes is a 5-7 midfielder from Sachem North High School in Lake
Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Hughes earned all-county, all-division, and
all-tournament honors after scoring a team-leading 57 goals and
adding 16 assists last year.
"Amanda will turn things up in the midfield for us with
great dodging ability and an incredibly powerful shot,"
said Zostant. "Her decision making skills and vision will
greatly impact our transition game and depth in the midfield."
Melissa Jaworski is a 5-8 attacker from Jamesville-DeWitt High
School in Jamesville, N.Y. As a junior, Jaworski had 43 goals
and 12 assists en route to earning first-team all-league and
team offensive MVP honors. She earned second-team all-league
honors as a sophomore, and received a honorable mention nod as
"Melissa's all around versatility as a lacrosse player makes
her a great utility player for our team," said Zostant.
"With her strength and size she is not afraid of contact
inside the 8m."
Lauren Lukefahr, a 5-6 defender, comes to Binghamton from a strong
high school program in Corning, N.Y. Off the field, she is one
of three incoming Bearcats to have earned US Lacrosse Academic
"Lukefahr brings a great deal of experience having competed
in the NY State Empire Games and for a Corning East HS team that
has produced a 36-3 record over the last two seasons. Her speed
and hustle will be a welcome addition and will immediately add
depth to the Bearcat defense." said Zostant.
Riley Newman is a 5-9 midfielder and senior captain hailing from
Ithaca, N.Y. Newman earned all-conference, all-division, and
first team section IV honors after finishing with 35 goals and
20 assists for her Ithaca High School squad last season.
"Riley was built for running midfield as she has excellent
speed and agility," said Zostant. "Her height, athleticism,
and aggressiveness will bring an added dimension to the midfield.
Riley plays with passion and intensity to the last whistle."
Prag is a 5-7 midfielder from Smithtown High School West on Long
Island. A two-sport athlete (lacrosse and soccer), Prag players
club ball with the Long Island Express team.
"Sam is a fierce competitor who makes her presence known
on the field," said Zostant. "She is solid in every
aspect of the game and challenges teammates around her to elevate
their level of play."
Leah Smith, a 5-5 attacker/midfielder from Holbrook, N.Y., earned
honorable mention All-Suffolk County honors after scoring 41
goals and finishing with 18 assists last year as a junior. Smith
has also lettered in field hockey and basketball while at Sachem
High School East.
"Leah is especially adept in the draw control circle,"
said Zostant. "She has excellent vision and passing skills
along with a passion for the game. She will undoubtedly bring
a competitive attitude to the team."
Emily Thon is a 5-7 midfielder and team captain from a strong
Penfield HS program in upstate New York. She earned US Lacrosse
All-American honors after producing 62 goals and 43 assists as
her team went 19-2 and reached the New York State Semifinals
last season. She was selected all-county and All-Greater Rochester,
and completes the incoming trio of athletes to earn US Lacrosse
Academic All-American status.
"Emily is a quality student-athlete that is extremely accomplished
both on and off the field," said Zostant. "Her size,
speed, and vision contribute to her uncanny ability to feed or
finish. Emily possesses all the tools to make an immediate impact."
Binghamton will celebrate the seventh season of intercollegiate
women's lacrosse when they open their 16-game slate on Sunday,
February 17 in Williamsburg, Va., against William and Mary.