April 13, 2009

America East Weekly: Leggio Makes SB Go

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Stony Brook University's Kaitlin Leggio (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) is the recipient of the eighth America East Women's Lacrosse Player of the Week this season, compiling a stellar stat line during conference action last week. The Boston University duo of junior goalkeeper Rachel Klein (Forest Hill, Md./Roland Park) and freshman Hannah Frey (Nyack, N.Y./Nanuet) claims the Defender and Rookie of the Week awards, respectively, as they each helped the Terriers extend their win streak to nine games.

Leggio, a senior midfielder, had an outstanding all-around game last week in leading the Seawolves to their first conference victory of the season. Against Binghamton, Leggio put together a five-point effort of two goals and three assists, while adding season highs of seven ground balls and five caused turnovers. The senior is in the league's top-10 in virtually every statistical category this season, including second in caused turnovers per game (1.64) and third in ground balls per game (3.14).

Klein picks up her second Defender of the Week accolade this season with a 2-0 record last week to help extend the Terriers' win streak to nine games. She posted a 7.50 goals against average with a .583 save percentage in two games last week, making 21 saves. Klein made 15 saves and allowed only six goals on Wednesday against cross-town rival Boston College, and then stopped six shots against the Catamounts on Saturday. She added three ground balls for the week.

Frey helped the Terriers rally late in the game to secure a win over conference foe Vermont on Saturday, tallying five points all in the second half. After Vermont went up by two goals after the intermission, the freshman assisted on the goal knotting the score at 6-6 and scored a couple of minutes later to give Boston U. a two-goal cushion. Once Vermont tied up the score again, Frey scored once more and dished out two more assists during a four-goal run putting the Terriers up for good.  The rookie also added three ground balls and one controlled draw to her credit.

Team Notebooks:
UAlbany (7-7, 3-2 America East) suffered a 9-6 setback to conference-rival UMBC on April 11...The Great Danes will have to win at Stony Brook in their America East regular-season finale in order to gain a league postseason berth for the third consecutive year...UAlbany's season-low goal total was impacted by making 25 turnovers despite winning 13 of 17 draws...Seven seniors were honored prior to the contest, including goalkeeper Katie Neer (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), defender Sara Wolf (Massapequa Park, N.Y./Massapequa) and midfielder Rory Redmond (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin)...Neer has climbed into a tie for fourth on the program's career chart with 272 saves...Wolf, a 46-game starter as a collegian, has 83 career ground balls...Redmond has accounted for 42 goals and 18 assists...The Great Danes had won six of seven contests prior to the UMBC game following an 11-10 non-league triumph over Siena on April 7...UAlbany has won all 12 meetings in the Capital Region series...Mel Rorie (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) scored four times in the second half, including the go-ahead goal with 12:49 remaining...Kayla Best (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) extended her goal-scoring streak to 44 consecutive games, the nation's second-longest mark...The junior midfielder had two goals and one assist against both Siena and UMBC...Neer made 14 saves against Siena, her fourth time with double-figure stops this season... Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) is 11th among the Division I national leaders in draw controls at 3.71 per game...Branchini controlled eight draws, one off her career-high, and caused three turnovers vs. UMBC...Julie Bush (Jordan, N.Y./Jordan-Elbridge) is one of three UAlbany players with 30 points (12 g, 18 a).

In the first game of the week for Binghamton (3-10, 0-4), freshman Lis Zuern scored a career-high five times, including one to tie the game at the end of regulation and the game winner in overtime to lead the Binghamton women's lacrosse team over hosting Le Moyne at a muddy Thomas J. Niland Athletic Complex. In Binghamton's second game of the week, the Bearcats fell  to hosting Stony Brook in a 16-10 loss while enduring driving rain at LaValle Stadium. Binghamton out-shot Stony Brook 32-30, and edged out the Seawolves in draw controls by a 15-12 margin. However, the Bearcats only converted on three of ten free position attempts.

Boston University (10-3, 4-0), ranked 10th in the nation, extended its winning streak to eight games, beating Boston College, 13-6, on Wednesday before returning to America East action to capture a 12-9 victory at Vermont on Saturday ... The Terriers clinched a berth in the America East Championship and need to win one of their final two games to secure a share of the regular-season title and home-field advantage ... Senior Sarah Dalton (Cornwall, Vt./Taft School) became the Terriers' all-time leading scorer in Wednesday's game, breaking Chrissy Lombard's record of 242 career points ... Dalton now has 250 career points ... Junior Traci Landy (Seaford, N.J./Seaford) matched her career best with six points, including three goals, to lead the Terriers against Boston College ... Landy and Dalton each netted hat tricks in Saturday's game at Vermont ... Junior Rachel Klein (Forest Hill, Md./Roland Park) tallied a 15-save performance on Wednesday, while allowing only six goals ... On the week, Klein posted a .583 save percentage and 7.50 goals-against average ... Freshman Hannah Frey (Nyack, N.Y./Nanuet) tallied a career-high five points in the second half of Saturday's game to help the Terriers rally from a two-goal deficit to beat Vermont ... The Terriers will look to clinch the top seed in the America East Championship when they host Binghamton on Saturday at noon at Nickerson Field.

UMBC (8-7, 3-2) won two road games last week, defeating regional rival American, 11-10, on April 8, and America East foe Albany, 9-6, on April 11...The Retrievers' eight wins and three league victories this season are the most since they won a share of the America East regular-season title with 10 overall wins and five league victories in 2006, the last time they earned a berth in the conference tournament...Senior attack Abbey Swift (Baltimore, Md./Towson) tallied four points on two goals and two assists against American, while freshman attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) scored three goals, including the game-winner... Senior midfielder Kara Dorr (Bel Air, Md./C. Milton Wright) and sophomore midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) each posted three points on two goals and an assist apiece to lead the Retrievers past Albany...Junior goalie Kate Quick (Phoenix, Md./Maryvale Prep) recorded nine saves against the Great Danes and has posted an 8.53 GAA over her last 450 minutes of action spanning eight games...Seven Retrievers have tallied at least 20 points this season, the most since seven reached that mark in 2003...In addition, three Retrievers - Dorr (35), Pappas (23) and sophomore midfielder Ashley Stodter (22) have scored at least 20 goals, the most since five players reached that mark in 2007...Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) has scored at least one point in 13 straight games, the longest current streak on the team... The Retrievers host Le Moyne in Saturday, April 18, in their final home game and non-conference contest of the season.

19th-ranked UNH (9-6, 2-2) opened a four-game homestand last week with losses to nationally-ranked Cornell (5-3) and Vanderbilt (11-7) before upending Le Moyne (17-5) ... The homestand concludes April 18 with Senior Day vs. Vermont ... Shaunna Kaplan (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) extended her point-scoring streak to eight games with an assist vs. Cornell followed by four-point performances against both Vandy and Le Moyne ... She matched her career high of three assists vs. LC ... Deb Dale (East Northport, N.Y./Northport) scored a personal-best three goals, Allie Bratton (Windermere, Fla./West Orange) netted a career-high two goals and Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) tallied a career-high two assists in that game vs. the Dolphins ... Kelli LaPerch (Brewster, N.Y./Brewster) tallied eight ground balls vs. Cornell; that was the most GB by a UNH Wildcat since April 2005 ... LaPerch was also credited with five caused turnovers against the Big Red, and that ties the mark established by Beth Stankus (Concord, N.H.) and matched by Kaplan ... UNH recorded a season-low 19 shots vs. Cornell; in comparison the Wildcats have recorded 19 shots in a half 10 times this season ... Sarah Von Bargen (East Setauket, N.Y.) has 52 goals this year, which is tied for eighth on the program's list of single-season superlatives with teammate Michaela Hardy (Reading, Mass./Reading), who scored 52 goals in '08 ... Susie Piotrkowski (Franklin, Conn./Norwich Free Academy) climbed into a tie for 10th on UNH's Top 10 list for single-season assists; she enters the week with 22.

Stony Brook (4-10, 1-3) snapped its six-game losing streak with a 16-10 win over Binghamton... Sophomore Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va./Oakton) tied a career-high with four goals and freshman Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) recorded career-highs of three goals and three assists for Stony Brook, which tied a season-high with four free-position goals... Senior Kaitlin Leggio added two goals and three assists for the Seawolves, who scored the final four goals of the game after Binghamton closed to within two, 12-10... Stony Brook is home for the final time in 2009 when it faces Albany at 1 p.m.

Vermont (7-6, 2-2) suffered its second straight league loss, dropping a 12-9 decision to Boston University in its only contest of the week...The Catamounts held a lead until 20:32 of the second half...Freshman Olivia Hatfield (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) made 10 stops in the Vermont net...Sara Buxton (Northfield, Ill./New Trier) and Sarah DeStefano (Eliott, Maine/Marshfield) finished the game with three goals each to lead UVM and Kristen Millar (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair Secondary) added three assists...Millar remains one goal shy of breaking the all-time mark in UVM history for goals scored. She is currently tied with former standout Vanessa Cox '05 at 133 goals ...Millar inched closer to the all-time NCAA Division I mark in draw controls, collecting four on the afternoon. She is seven draw controls away of breaking the mark of 334 set last year by former Maryland All-American Dana Dobbie...Millar's three assists against Boston U. allowed her to break the 50-point plateau for the fourth straight year and becoming the first player in UVM history to achieve the feat...On the year, Millar has 26 goals and 25 assists for 51 points... Millar is one assist shy of tying her own UVM mark for most assists in a single season, which she did in 2006 and 2008...Freshman Allison Pfohl (Niskayuna, N.Y./Niskayuna) is one goal shy of tying the rookie record for most goals in a season at Vermont...Pfhol scored once against the Terriers and has 28 goals on the year ... Vermont travels to New Hampshire to take on the Wildcats on Saturday (April 18) at 1 p.m ... UVM is 5-2 on the road this season.

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