For Immediate Release: October 31, 2007
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BU women's soccer pair named America East all-conference
Povill, Casares earn second team honors; Knopick is all-rookie

All-Conference Teams

VESTAL, N.Y. -- Binghamton women's soccer senior forward Kim Povill (Massapequa, N.Y.) and sophomore midfielder Amanda Casares (Rahway, N.J.) were named to the America East all-conference teams, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. Both players were selected to the second team. In addition, freshman back Stefani Knopick (Endwell, N.Y.) earned all-rookie accolades.

"I'm pleased for all three players," head coach Jeff Leightman said. "To be recognized for their accomplishments, especially in conference play, is rewarding. We are all very proud of them."

Povill leads the conference with seven assists. She also has four goals, including one game-winner. She also was one of 11 student-athletes selected to the All-Academic Team.

"Kim stepped it up during the conference season," Leightman said. "She scored some big goals and the fact that she leads the league in assists tells you something about the quality of her play."

Casares has been a key contributor from central midfield, where she has chipped in two goals.

"Mandy has been our engine," Leightman said. "She really has played great all season. Her work ethic is second to none in the conference."

Knopick earned a starting role in preseason and has been steady on BU's back line.

"Stefani has had a good freshman season," Leightman said. "It's tough to come in as a freshman and play a key role, but she certainly solidifed our back line and has done nice job."

Binghamton (3-11-3), the No. 6 seed, opens the America East tournament with a quarterfinal game at No. 3 seed Hartford Thursday night. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.

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