March 7, 2011

American East Women's Weekly Release

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Three women's lacrosse players earned conference honors Monday afternoon from the America East office after leading their respective teams to impressive wins last week. UMBC's Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) earned Defensive Player of the Week after limiting the offense of the fifteenth-ranked team in the country. Albany's Ariana Parker (Port Ewen, N.Y./Kingston) also helped her team to a victory over a nationally-ranked squad en route to Rookie of the Week honors. Boston U. sophomore Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) rounded out the awards after a high-powered offensive showing to earn the Player of the Week award.

Etrasco totaled 14 points last week on 10 goals and four assists, as well as two ground balls and four draw controls. The sophomore tallied a career-high eight points at Brown last Tuesday, scoring seven goals and dishing out one assist. Against the Bears, Etrasco also collected three draw controls and one ground ball. She followed that up with a six-point effort on the road against 19th-ranked William & Mary. Etrasco scored three more goals and assisted on three others to go along with a ground ball and a draw control. She leads America East with 3.67 goals per game (11 goals) and 5.67 points per game (17 points).

Fahey continued to lead the Retrievers defensively last week with weekly totals of five ground balls, four caused turnovers and five draw controls. She helped UMBC limit No. 15/17 Towson to just nine goals in a 10-9 upset victory by causing two turnovers, picking up three ground balls and winning four draw controls. Fahey then tallied two ground balls, two caused turnovers and a draw control against Duquesne. Fahey and the Retrievers defense allowed just 8.5 goals per game in two contests last week.

Parker tied the program's freshman single-game scoring record with seven goals, one off the all-time mark, in a 13-8 win over No. 20 Hofstra. The freshman scored three consecutive times in a three-minute-and-22-second span to give her team a first-half lead. During a four-goal run early in the second half which broke the contest open, Parker scored twice. Before arriving in Albany, Parker was a member of the 2010 U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America squad.

The Great Danes entered the deBeer Women's Media Top-20 at No. 19 earlier today. It is Albany's first appearance in the poll since May 3, 2010 when it was ranked 17th.

Team Notebooks:
Albany (3-0, 0-0 AE) has won its opening three games for the first time since 2006 after upending No. 20 Hofstra, 13-8, on March 5 at John Fallon Field... Albany defeated its second consecutive national top-20 team after edging Penn State on Feb. 26. The Great Danes had beaten just one nationally-ranked program on the Division I level prior to this year... Albany has posted victories in 10 of its last 11 non-conference games... Ariana Parker (Port Ewen, N.Y./Kingston) tied the school's single-game freshman scoring record with seven goals against Hofstra. Parker, whose goal total was just one off the all-time mark, put her team ahead in the first half with three in a row and added two in a four-goal run to begin the second half... Maria Ferrucci (vs. Manhattan, 2000) and Alexis DiDomenico (vs. Le Moyne, 2001) also had seven goals as freshmen... Taylor Frink (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) added two goals and one assist. The senior attacker moved into a tie for sixth on Albany's all-time assists list with 35. Frink needs two points to become the 13th Albany player to reach the 100-career mark... All-America defensive midfielder Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) totaled one goal, one assist and four draw controls vs. Hofstra. Branchini has at least two points in every game this season... Allie Phelan (Clarksville, N.Y./Bethlehem Central) is among several freshmen making contributions. Phelan had career highs in caused turnovers (2) and ground balls (2) against Hofstra.

Binghamton University (1-3, 0-0 AE) earned its first victory of the season last week defeating Niagara University, 20-8... The Bearcats tied a program record for goals in a game as ten different Binghamton players found the back of the net... In Binghamton's first game of the week, it fell to visiting Marist, 14-10, in a back-and-forth affair... Junior attack Lis Zuern (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) had an impressive week for Binghamton, netting four goals against Marist, then pulling off her second straight hat trick with a three-goal, three-assist effort against Niagara... Senior Ali Castiglie (Middle Island, N.Y./Longwood) ignited the Bearcats against Niagara, tallying four goals and one assist... Versus Marist, she had a solid outing producing two goals and two assists, giving her nine points on the week... Binghamton finishes its four-game homestand with games against Canisius and Monmouth this week... Binghamton hosts Canisius Wednesday, Mar. 9 at 4 p.m. and Monmouth on Friday, Mar. 11 at 4 p.m.

Boston University (1-2, 0-0 AE) split its games this week, defeating Brown, 15-8, on Wednesday and falling to No. 19 William & Mary, 15-11, on Saturday... Sophomore Danielle Etrasco (Massapequa, N.Y./Massapequa) paced the Terriers last week with 14 points (10g, 4a). She also added four draw controls and two ground balls... In Boston U.'s game against Brown, Etrasco scored seven goals, one shy of the Terrier single-game record... Junior Catie Tilton (Cherry Hills Village, Colo./Cherry Creek) also established a career high with four goals and freshman Sydney Godett (Boxford, Mass./Masconomet Regional) scored her first two collegiate goals... On Saturday, Boston U. played its first ranked opponent of the season... Freshman Elizabeth Morse (Needham, Mass./Needham) recorded her first collegiate marker and senior Rachel Collins (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) collected a game-high five ground balls... The Terriers will return to action with two games this week... They will play No. 11/15 Dartmouth on Wednesday (March 9) at 4 p.m. and George Mason, head coach Liz Robertshaw's alma mater, on Saturday (March 12) 1 p.m. Both games will be held at Nickerson Field.

UMBC (3-2, 0-0 AE) split a pair of games last week... The Retrievers upset 17th-ranked Towson, 10-9, at home on Wednesday... UMBC scored five straight second-half goals to rally from a halftime deficit... Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) led all scorers with four points on three goals and an assist... Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) made seven saves... The Retrievers then fell at Duquesne, 8-7, on Saturday. The Dukes scored the game-winner with 58 seconds left... Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) scored a team-high two goals, while Braerman tallied three points on a goal and two assists... Rau recorded eight saves in 50 minutes... Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) has scored a goal in 10 straight games dating to April 10, 2010... Braerman leads the Retrievers with 17 points on 11 goals and six assists this season. She is tied with Stodter and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) for the team lead in goals... Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) has picked up a team-best 12 ground balls and caused a team-high nine turnovers, while junior midfielder Madi Bell (Baltimore, Md./Eastern Tech/Navy) leads the Retrievers with nine draw controls... UMBC hosts Delaware on Wednesday and Manhattan on Sunday.

UNH (2-2, 0-0 AE) lost its home opener to 19th-ranked UMass and then improved to 2-1 on the road with a 17-12 victory at Colgate... Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) established career highs in both assists (two) and points (five) at Colgate; the three goals matched a personal best... Hayley Rausch (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) matched her career highs in both goals (four) and points (five) at Colgate to extend her point-scoring streak to 22 games... Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass./Andover) matched her personal bests in both goals (three) and points (four) at CU; the first of her four points was the 50th of her career. Cohen is the only 'Cat with multiple points all four games... Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y.) and Rausch are the other 'Cats with a point every game... In addition to leading the team in assists, Keagins is the leader in both ground balls and caused turnovers... Jenny Simpson (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) matched her career high of two assists at CU... Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo./Chaparral) recorded her first collegiate point with a goal at CU... Allie Duclos (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) is the active career leader in GB (102), DC (129) and CTO (51)... UNH's 17 goals vs. the Raiders equalled the output of the first three games combined... UNH has committed fewer turnovers than the opposition all four games... UNH has scored on 5 of 10 free-position shots this season; the 'Cats were 26-for-58 (27.6%) last season.

Stony Brook (2-2, 0-0 AE) lost its only game of the week, a 15-8 decision to Johns Hopkins at home... The Seawolves struggled to score against a top 10 defense in the nation... Samantha Djaha (East Islip, N.Y.) scored a team-high three goals... Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) added two and now has a team-best 13 for the season... Alyssa Cardillo continued to make an impact as a freshman; she had two goals and now has a team-best 17 points for the season. She ranks second in America East in points per game at 4.25... Kaila Gottlick (Madison, Conn.), also a freshman, had a goal and an assist... Senior goalkeeper Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.) made a season-high 15 saves after facing 37 shots... Stony Brook will play at Massachusetts this Saturday in the hopes of going over the .500 mark once again.

Vermont (1-3, 0-0 AE) bounced back from a 10-6 loss to No. 15 Dartmouth in its home opener with a 19-11 win over St. Mary's (Calif.) in a neutral site game at the University of Denver... Emma Kelly (Reading, Conn./Joel Barlow), Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) and Lauren Johnson (Hampstead, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) all scored four goals each to lead the Catamounts past the Gaels... Vermont improved to 2-0 in the all-time series against St. Mary's... UVM also went 11-for-18 in 8-meter shots in the game... Vermont returns to action on Wednesday (March 9) when it faces Denver and returns home to host Quinnipiac on Sunday (March 13) at noon at Moulton Winder Field.

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