BEARCAT WOMEN'S LACROSSE
WEEKLY RELEASE - Feb. 29
UMBC (1-2) at Binghamton (1-1)
Bearcats Sports Complex
Friday, February 29, 2008 at 4 p.m. Live
BU RALLIES TO TOP COLGATE IN HOME OPENER
After dropping its season opener at William and Mary, the
Binghamton womens lacrosse team made the first win of head
coach Tony Zostants Bearcat career a memorable one.
With the score tied 11-11, senior Leanne
Musso (Auburn, N.Y.) finished a run across the goal-mouth
with 2:04 left in regulation to complete a spirited BU comeback
and send the Bearcats past visiting Colgate, 12-11, in Fridays
home opener from the snowy Bearcats Sports Complex.
I am really proud of these girls, first-year head
coach Tony Zostant said. They never quit when we fell behind.
They played hard and came out and performed well amid the adverse
The Bearcats overcame deficits of 8-4 and 11-9 in recording their
first win of the 2008 campaign.
from the Colgate game (Feb. 22)
CASTIGLIE NAMED AMERICA EAST
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman attacker Ali Castiglie
(Middle Island, N.Y.) has been named America East Women's Lacrosse
Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference Monday.
Castiglie led all players with
a three-goal, one-assist effort in Binghamton's come-from-behind
12-11 victory against Colgate in Friday's home opener.
Each of her three goals came
in the decisive second half as the Bearcats erased a four-goal
In the squad's season opener
against William and Mary, Castiglie also impressed notching a
goal and two assists. She leads the team with seven points through
ON THE RETRIEVERS
The Retrievers look to return to the America East Tournament
after missing the postseason last season (7-10, 2-4 AE) for the
first time since joining the league in 2004. The Retrievers return
eight starters and 19 players overall from that team, including
first-team all-conference defender Maggie Chizmar, second-team
attack Ali Levendusky and all-rookie midfielder Kelly Burgoyne.
Levendusky leads the black and gold with 10 goals and 11 total
UMBC won its first game of
the 08 campaign on Tuesday, topping cross-town rival Loyola
11-10. The Retrievers dropped their first to contests at home
to Hofstra and No. 12 Vanderbilt, by identical 16-7 margins.
BINGHAMTON - UMBC SERIES
The Bearcats and Retrievers are playing in their fifth career
meeting. UMBC won last years meeting 18-3 in Baltimore
and leads the all-time series 4-0.
Binghamton hosts MAAC opponent Iona on Sunday, March 2 at
2 p.m. Binghamton has won two of three all-time meetings with
the Gaels. Iona won a 18-12 decision last season in New Rochelle,
- Defensively, the Bearcats received strong goalie play in
the second half of its win over Colgate from freshman Lauren
Scott. Scott served as one of the main catalysts in the BU comeback,
recording six saves and playing a big role in the Bearcats
transition game. The five-foot-two netminder held the Raiders
to just three second-half scores in picking up the first win
of her collegiate career (1-1).
- Binghamton is now 3-4 all-time record in home openers. The
Bearcats last won their home opener against St. Francis (Pa.)
during the 2006 campaign...Mussos goal was the second game-winner
of her career... Junior tri-captain Kelsey Pieper led all players
with seven ground balls and one caused turnover.
- The Bearcats had eight different goal scorers, including five
freshmen, accounting for their 12 goals against Colgate.
- The Bearcats return seven starters and 12 letterwinners from
last years squad. BU also welcomes 11 freshmen and a total
of 12 newcomers to the mix for 2008.
BEARCATS DROP SEASON OPENER AT WILLIAM AND MARY
The Binghamton womens lacrosse team dropped a 21-9 decision
to host William and Mary Sunday afternoon in the season opener
for both teams.
Freshman attacker Lisa Illig
(Corning, N.Y.) led the Bearcats with three goals in her collegiate
debut. Illig led a new-look Bearcat squad that featured a total
of seven freshmen and eight newcomers in the starting lineup.
he remaining first-year contingent was led by Ali
Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y.), who had a goal and two assists.
The rookie trio of Kate
Concialdi (Yorktown, N.Y.), Erica
Hill (Delmar, N.Y.), and Kate
Tesi (Yorktown, N.Y.) each netted their first collegiate
goals for the Bearcats.