Immediate Release: February 19, 2011
Contact: Terrence Lollie (email@example.com)
lacrosse key seniors look to open eyes in 2011
return 11 starters to veteran squad
2011 edition of the Binghamton womens lacrosse team, with
key seniors at every level, will be looking to move from unproven
and inexperienced to mature and competitive. Head Coach Tony
Zostant will witness his first recruiting class come to age
this season. Six seniors, all playing vital roles for the Bearcats
will be the heart and soul of the team.
First and foremost, we want to be successful and the team
has been working on every aspect of their game to overcome last
seasons results, Zostant cited. The team is
very energized and willing to do whatever it takes to increase
our chances of success.
A more experienced and confident group, BU returns 11 starters,
will be taking the field this season for Coach Zostant. Of Binghamtons
151 goals 82 of them came from a senior-to-be. Much like the
offensive end, the Bearcats boast veteran leadership on the defensive
end and in goal. A quick and alert BU defense picked up 19 ground
balls per game, good enough for second in the America East, while
Binghamton goalies averaged a conference-best 9.93 saves per
With the experience the senior class brings in this season
and losing close games in the past, I believe as a team we will
have better results in this season, Zostant said.
Binghamton, for the first time under Zostant, has a team with
senior leadership at every position giving them viable options
and the experience that has been lacking in past seasons. Zostant
has also taken a creative stance with his 2011 squad, assembling
a Leadership Panel opposed to the traditional captains. The panel
will be composed of four positions, field leader, academic leader,
pride leader and team builder. The combination of key seniors
and a very seasoned underclass with solid newcomers, have the
Bearcats looking to shake up the conference and turn some heads
Having the seniors in key positions should create a sense
of confidence over the entire team, Zostant continued.
They bring valuable experience and knowledge of the game
to practice every day and it shows in our underclassmen.
The Bearcat attack line has the potential to be one of the best
the young program has ever seen, piloted by senior Ali
Castiglie. Last season, Castiglie continued her impressive
career at Binghamton leading BU in points, scoring 32 goals while
handing out 14 assists. For her stellar season, Castiglie was
named the America East Fans Choice Player of the Year.
Joining Castiglie on the attack line will be junior Lis
Zuern and sophomore Kimberly McGeever.
Zuern finished the 2010 season third on the team in goals with
22, marking the second straight year she eclipsed 20 goals in
a season. McGeever had a tremendous freshman campaign earning
her a spot on the America East All-Rookie Team. She finished
the season with 13 goals and 14 assists. McGeever displayed her
playmaking ability in a win over Stony Brook scoring the game-winning
The dynamic group that will ignite the BU offense has Coach Zostant
excited about the possibilities. As an attack unit, we
hope to increase assists and spread the goal scoring around better
than we have in past years, Zostant proclaimed. Having
two of our players do most of the scoring is sometimes limiting,
so we've been focused on having more players being threats.
Increasing the number of threats will be a viable option for
Coach Zostant as there are several capable players in his arsenal.
The production of the front line will not be limited to Castiglie,
Zuern and McGeever. Supporting the trio will be sophomore Lindsay Angelillo and freshman Brooke Bullock. Angelillo had a solid
freshman season, finding the back of the net ten times for the
Bearcats. Bullock, the heralded attacker from Snyder, N.Y., demonstrated
great heart by coming back from ACL surgery to score three goals
in her sectional championship game.
An extremely deep midfield will be guided by senior and field
leader, Beth Moore. The Bearcats leading
goal scorer in 2010, Moore has the ability to be a great scorer
and tenacious defender. As BUs premier midfielder Moore
set the single season school record for goals (39) and caused
turnovers (25) last year. Securing the middle of the field with
Moore will be redshirt-senior Lizzie Wright,
BUs pride leader and sophomore Kristen
Stone. The duo of Wright and Stone gave Binghamton quality
production on both ends of the field. Wright scored eight goals
while picking up 30 ground balls and Stone netted 11 goals and
chased down 14 ground balls.
Beth is an excellent athlete and does a ton of work in
the midfield for us, Zostant said. Weve been
working with her to increase her field vision so she can be better
distributor and all-around player. We believe she will see a
lot of defensive doubles during the season, so finding her teammates
will be crucial.
Providing the depth for Binghamton is the third member of the
Leadership Panel, senior and team builder Amanda
Hughes. Along with Hughes are returners Casey
Bulman, Katherine Hunsberger
and Allie Sabitus. Newcomers Lena
Amalfitano, Samantha Knight and
Brittany Stufano will look to have
an immediate impact for BU. Hughes, Bulman, Hunsberger and Sabitus
all saw pivotal action in 2010 and should be solid contributors
again. Amalfitano and Stufano are both transfer students that
will look to be in the rotation throughout the season. Knight,
a freshman from Clarence, N.Y. will join former high school teammate
Kristen Stone as a fellow midfielder providing immediate chemistry
at the position.
With depth, experience and fire power on both ends of the field
Coach Zostant sees phenomenal upside to his group of midfielders.
Having Katherine Hunsberger back at 100 percent after battling
injuries all last season, will really help our middie line,
Zostant mentioned. She could absolutely surprise some teams
out there with her scoring ability."
A young defensive line, though the most untested of the three,
are quick and active. The Bearcat defense, led by senior and
two-time all-conference selection Siobhan
Menz, finished second in the conference with 19 ground balls
per game. Menz, Binghamtons first two-time all-conference
honoree won a team-high 25 draw controls as she secured 27 ground
balls and caused 11 turnovers. Junior Lauren
Lukefahr, who has appeared in every game since her career
began at BU, will help solidify the back line.
The Bearcats will have to replace departed captain, Erika Travis
but the trio of sophomores Zostant has at his disposal are up
for the challenge. Isabelle Mahoney,
Kristin Pennino and Lindsay
Vona all earned minutes last season giving Binghamton much
needed depth at the position. Rounding out the defense is freshman
standout Erica Foley from Rome, N.Y.
As a unit the back line will work to execute Coach Zostants
defensive philosophy as they use their speed and skill to become
a powerful force.
I feel that our defense is our most solid unit when they
are all on the same page, Zostant stated. Menz and
Lukefahr have taken their game to another level and I believe
they will provide good leadership on the defensive end. Im
looking for Kristin Pennino to have a good year as well, she
has worked very hard in the offseason.
Senior Lauren Scott will return to her
usual place between the pipes for the Bearcats in 2011. Scott,
the teams academic leader, was in goal nine times last
year, preventing 60 shots and compiling .438 save percentage.
Her experience and knowledge in the crease will give Binghamton
a formidable force in goal. For her career Scott has appeared
in 35 games, amassing 199 saves and over 1,200 minutes.
Binghamton will kick off the 2011 campaign with back-to-back
road trips to Louisville and Connecticut in the end of February.
The Bearcats dropped both games against the two teams last season,
falling just short at home to UConn, 16-12. After their modest
two game road trip BU returns home to host its next four games
over a two week span. Binghamton will welcome the Marist Red
Foxes on Wednesday, March 2 and the Niagara Purple Eagles on
Friday, March 4. BU will be looking for its first-ever
win over the Red Foxes while Niagara holds a 4-3 series advantage
In preparing for an always tough conference schedule we
often end up with two Big East teams which will be good early
tests, Zostant declared. We as a staff always want
to play as challenging a non-conference schedule as possible
to prepare us for America East competition.
The following week brings Canisius and Monmouth to the Bearcats
Sports Complex. It will be the eighth meeting all-time with Canisius
as BU lost a heartbreaker to the Golden Griffins, 13-11 in Buffalo,
N.Y. last year. Monmouth handed Binghamton its second straight
tough loss last season, defeating the Bearcats 12-10.
After their four-game home stand, Binghamton will hit the road
for its next five games to close out the month of March. The
Bearcats travel to Philadelphia, Pa. to take on the Drexel Dragons
on March 13 then head to North Carolina to play two games in
two days against High Point and Davidson on March 21 and 22.
All three games will be the first-ever meeting between the two
schools. Binghamton travels back north when they go to Boston
to play its first conference game of the season on March 26.
The Bearcats complete their five-game road trip with a game versus
Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. on March 29.
The America East conference is always tough, but with the
win over Stony Brook last year and playing Boston in a very competitive
game, our players will be very focused on competing every minute
of every America East game, Zostant said. The team
will be ready and is always up to the challenge.
The final six games of the season will witness Binghamton complete
its conference play with a home game with Columbia sprinkled
in. The Bearcats earned its second conference victory last season
with a 12-10 decision over Stony Brook at home. BU will look
to improve on its conference mark with road games against Stony
Brook (April 9) and UMBC (April 17). As they host Vermont (April
2), Albany (April 23) and New Hampshire (May 1).
As a program, we are looking forward to a competitive and
successful 2011 season, Zostant stated. The seniors
are looking to go out on a winning note and I would love for
them to experience that feeling. Overall, were just very
excited to get started in February.