Immediate Release: August 26, 2011
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton women's lacrosse team has announced its nine-player incoming recruiting class for the 2012 season. The nine freshmen will join the program next week when the 2011-12 academic year begins.
Joining a Bearcats squad that has just missed out on the America East tournament the past two years are Kara Pafumi (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley), Emma Hayes-Hurley (Huntington, N.Y./Huntington), Kelliann Carroll (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), Sophie Niesciur (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst), Renee Kiviat (Jericho, N.Y./Jericho), Brittany Bailey (Glen Burnie, MD/Old Mill), Alexandra Fisher (Brockport, N.Y./Brockport), Danielle Robinson (Northport, N.Y./Northport) and Rachel Antelmi (Chittenango, N.Y./Chittenango).
"I'm thrilled to welcome these nine student-athletes to the Bearcats lacrosse program," head coach Tony Zostant said. "All nine are very talented players and bring plenty of speed and athleticism to the field. Off the field this class is comprised of hard working, academically sound students with solid character."
Pafumi, a goalie and three-year letterwinner was a first-team All-Onondaga High School League selection her junior year. She was named first-team all-league in Section III, and led the section in total saves with 211. She averaged 13.3 saves per game while recording two shut outs. She also competed in boys varsity hockey and was a National Honor Society member.
Hayes-Hurley, a midfielder who earned all-division and all-county honors in her sophomore, junior, and senior years. She scored a team-high 38 goals and 28 assists in her junior year. During an impressive senior year, she tallied 38 goals and 17 assists. She also received letters in soccer and basketball, and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Carroll, a six-foot midfielder and four-year letterwinner was named second-team all-section in her junior year. She led her varsity team as captain her senior year, as well as heavily contributing to division championships in 2008 and 2009. She scored an impressive 58 goals during her junior year, and 70 goals her senior year. She also made the high honor roll in all four years of high school.
Niesciur, an attack wing who was named to the All-Western New York and Section VI Class C First Team her senior year. She was named the team's Offensive Player of the Year and led her team with 74 goals and 74 assists. She holds school records for most goals in a season (74), assists in a game (11), and tied the record for goals in a game (8). She also competed in basketball and was a member of the National Honor Society.
Kiviat, a midfielder and four-time all-conference selection, was named team captain each year since her sophomore season. She is a four-year letterwinner and through her junior year had a total of 87 goals and 30 assists. She also played basketball and held multiple academic honors including National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and Art Honor Society.
Bailey, a varsity midfielder and center who played in every game since her freshman year. In her career she controlled over 50 draws and scored over 40 goals. In a regular season matchup, she scored two goals against nationally ranked Severna Park. She was noted as being the fastest girl on her varsity team and she also competed in track and field. She was a scholar-athlete who has been recognized for multiple academic honors.
Fisher, a midfielder/attacker and three-year letterwinner was a first-team all-county selection and Division II Player of the Year while holding a number of school records. In her junior year she was named team captain and led the team in goals (58), assists (74), draw controls, and ground balls. She also played soccer and basketball, and received honors including All-Greater Rochester Honorable Mention, Academic All-American, and National Honor Society.
Robinson, a three-year varsity goalie and letterwinner was a pivotal member of her Suffolk County Championship team in 2008 and 2009. She led her team to a 20-1 record her senior year. She also competed in cross country and indoor track. She received multiple awards and honors including Unsung Hero 2009, National Honor Society, and Art Honor Society.
Antelmi, a four-year letterwinner and two-time first-team Onondaga High School League selection, was named a 2011 US Lacrosse Academic All-American. She led her team to a OHSL Freedom League championship in 2011. Antelmi was a three-time all-league selection in volleyball while also lettering in soccer.
Binghamton ended the 2011 campaign 4-13 overall and 1-5 in conference play. BU lost three conference games by a total of four goals, including a heartbreaking 12-10 loss to New Hampshire, denying the Bearcats their first-ever America East tournament bid.
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