Immediate Release: October 26, 2010
VESTAL, N.Y. -- The Binghamton University women's lacrosse program will welcome five newcomers to the team for the 2011 season. Lena Amalfitano (East Islip, N.Y./East Islip), Brooke Bullock (Snyder, N.Y./Amherst), Erica Foley (Rome, N.Y./Rome Free Academy), Samantha Knight (Clarence Center, N.Y./Clarence) and Brittany Stufano (Garden City, N.Y./Garden City/Nassau Community College) will all be joining the Bearcats this fall.
"I am excited to welcome the incoming class to Binghamton University, athletically they are a very talented group and bring a good skill set to our lacrosse program," head coach Tony Zostant said. "These five student athletes have the potential to make significant contributions to our program on and off the field in 2011. Im looking forward to the start of our fall practice so we can begin working with this group and our entire 2010-2011 team."
Amalfitano, a sophomore transfer from Louisville, will join the Bearcats after playing fall ball for the Cardinals last year, though she did not compete during the spring season. The midfielder was a four-time letter winner, earning her team's Unsung Hero Award twice. She was an All-Nassau County player and two-time All-League selection. Amalfitano, a three-time scholar-athlete award winner, was also her club team's (Yellow Jackets) MVP.
Bullock is a three-year letter winner that netted 41 goals and dished out 29 assists during her junior season. In her first game back from a torn ACL during her senior year, Bullock scored three goals in the New York State Section VI Class C championship game. She was one of 80 players nationwide to play in the 2010 Champion High School Showcase. Bullock garnered All-Western N.Y. Division III third team and first team ECIC honors. She also competed on the Buffalo Wings club lacrosse team.
Foley, a four-year letter winner, was a key defender for her Rome Free Academy team. She won the team's defensive MVP award in both her junior and senior season. During her career she scored 40 goals, tallied 14 assists while snatching 159 ground balls and causing 92 turnovers. Foley was a CNYCL National League first-team selection and a US Lacrosee 2010 Academic All-American.
Knight, was a senior captain and three-year letter winner, who registered 65 goals and 22 assists in her final two high school seasons. The midfielder was named to the New York State Section VI ECIC second team as well as All-Western N.Y. third team. Knight was also named a scholar-athlete after a solid academic senior year.
Stufano will be joining the Bearcats after two productive seasons for Nassau Community College. She scored 53 goals and handed out 13 assists in 26 games for the Lions. She helped lead her team to the NJCAA semifinals in 2009 while earning Academic All-American honors. Stufano also earned Nassau Community College Who's, Who Academic Achievement Award and Student Activities Award.
The women's lacrosse team continued to build a foundation for the years ahead in 2010. The Bearcats won their second conference game in program history by defeating visiting Stony Brook 12-10 on April 24. Kimberly McGeever was named to the America East All-Rookie Team while junior Siobhan Menz earned second team all-conference recognition for the second straight year. The Bearcats lone conference victory put them in a tie for fifth in the final America East standings.
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