March 22, 2011

America East's Women's Weekly Release

from press release

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
- The weekly award winners announced by the conference office Monday afternoon, Player and Rookie of the Week attacker Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) of Vermont and Defensive Player of the Week Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y../Guilderland) of Albany, have both significantly contributed to their teams' recent successes. Mas has paced the Catamounts' attack during a stretch of four wins in five games, while defensive midfielder Branchini heads up the Great Danes' unit which leads the nation in scoring defense and has led Albany to a 6-0 start this season.

Mas took home both the America East Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week awards after leading Vermont to a 2-0 week. In a 12-point week, she averaged 5.0 goals, 3.5 draw controls, and 2.0 ground balls per game, while the freshman also added two assists and two caused turnovers to her impressive weekly totals.

Mas started the week with a four-goal, one-assist performance against Siena, along with one ground ball and three controlled draws. Mas scored a career-high six goals next time out in a win over defending MAAC Champion Marist. Against the Red Foxes, she also dished out an assist to round out a seven-point afternoon and totaled four draw controls, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

For the year, Mas paces the league with 3.43 goals per game, and is second with 4.14 points per game. She is also among league leaders with 2.57 controls per game.

Despite not scoring for the first time this season, Branchini used a strong defensive performance to help the Great Danes take down their third ranked opponent this season.

The senior equaled a career high with four caused turnovers against nationally-ranked Massachusetts, including an interception of a clearing pass in the first half which led to Albany's fifth goal in a 10-8 win. Branchini also accounted for six ground balls, one off her career best, and three draw controls. Branchini leads America East with 29 draw controls in six games (4.83/game) and also ranks near the top of Division I in that category.

During this undefeated stretch to open the season, Albany has climbed from outside the top-20 into the 11th-ranked spot in the latest deBeer Media Top-20 Poll compiled by Inside Lacrosse.

Team Notebooks:

#11/#17 Albany (6-0, 0-0 AE) has won its opening six games for the first time as a Division I program... The Great Danes edged Massachusetts, 10-8, in a battle of undefeated nationally-ranked teams on March 19... The Great Danes picked up their second road win of the season, each against a top-20 program... Albany has won the last two meetings with UMass after losing the first six contests in the series... Taylor Frink (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) equaled a career high with seven points (4 G, 3 A) and scored the game-winning goal with 7:26 remaining. Frink is the first Great Dane to score seven or more points in three consecutive games at the Division I level. The senior attacker has climbed to 10th on the school's career scoring list with 119 points (63 G, 46 A)... Jodi Battaglia (Amherst, N.Y./Amherst Central) equaled a season high with four points (2 G, 2 A) against UMass. Battaglia, who has combined for 11 points over her last three starts, needs two to become the 14th Albany player to reach the 100-career point plateau... Nikki Branchini (Guilderland, N.Y./Guilderland) tied a career high with four caused turnovers at UMass. The All-America defensive midfielder collected six ground balls, one off her career-best total... Anna Berman (Garnersville, N.Y./North Rockland) made a career-high nine saves against UMass and stopped a free-position shot in each half... Albany travels to Patriot League-leader Colgate on March 23 before returning home for its first-ever meeting with Oregon on March 27.

Binghamton University (1-6, 0-0 AE) was idle last week after playing a hectic three-games-in-five-days schedule the week before, going 0-3 against Canisius, Monmouth and Drexel... Slow starts hurt the Bearcats throughout the week, as Binghamton fell behind 4-0 to Canisius and 7-0 to Drexel in the first half... Binghamton ended up falling to Canisius 12-7, outscoring the Golden Griffins, 5-4, in the second half... Binghamton lost to Drexel, 10-4, outscoring the Dragons, 4-3, after surrendering a 7-0 run to start the game... Against Monmouth, Binghamton held a 2-1 halftime lead but was unable to hold on as the Hawks went on a 5-0 run in the second half to take command of the game... Senior Beth Moore (Happauge, N.Y./Happauge) had multi-goal efforts in each game last week to break Binghamton's all-time goals record with 91 for her career... Junior Lis Zuern (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) netted her team-leading 15th goal against Drexel... Binghamton travels to High Point, North Carolina to take on the High Point Panthers at 6 p.m. tonight.. The Bearcats will play two games in as many days as they will visit Davidson on Tuesday.

The Boston University lacrosse team dropped to 3-4 with losses against No. 14/19 Notre Dame (14-5) and Denver (13-11)... Senior Erica Baumgartner (Silver Spring, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) paced the squad with six points (2 G, 4 A) during the week. With four assists against Denver, Baumgartner has recorded 102 helpers during her career. She is just the third Terrier to register at least 100 career assists and is now just six assists away from tying Mary Beth Miller ('06) for most in program history... Against the Fighting Irish, Boston U. played its third ranked team in the past four games... The Terriers garnered goals from five different players in the contest... Freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan (Ellicott City, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel), who started both games, made a career-high 12 saves against Notre Dame... Boston U. will return to action with two games this week, beginning on Wednesday (March 23) when it plays Yale... The matchup is the Terriers' third against an Ivy League opponent (2-0)... Boston U. will then open its America East schedule when it hosts Binghamton on Saturday (March 26).

UMBC (6-2, 0-0 AE) defeated in-state rival Mount St. Mary's on the road, 15-8, in its only game last week... Senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) scored six points on four goals and two assists, while junior attack Emily Coady (Westminster, Md./Westminster) also tallied six points on three goals and three helpers... After scoring 20 goals against Manhattan last Sunday, the Retrievers have scored 35 goals in their last two games.. At 6-2, UMBC is off to its best start since 1994... Senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) is tied for sixth all-time at UMBC with 52 career assists. She and Pappas are the ninth set of teammates in UMBC history with 100 points apiece... Senior midfielder Ashley Stodter (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel) has scored a point in 13 straight games dating to April 10, 2010, while Braerman and junior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron/Duquesne) have each scored a goal in all eight games this season... Braerman leads the Retrievers with 30 points and 13 assists. She is tied with Pappas for the team lead in goals with 17... Sophomore defender Jamie Fahey (Baldwin, Md./Loch Raven) is tops on the team with 18 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers... Senior goalie Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) has posted an 8.00 goals-against average and a .488 save percentage... UMBC hosts cross-town rival and sixth-ranked Loyola on Wednesday before opening America East play against New Hampshire at home on Saturday.

UNH (5-3, 0-0 AE), which has won four of its last five games, capped a stretch of four games in four cities in seven days with a 20-4 victory at Presbyterian College on March 18... Two days earlier, the Wildcats lost, 11-6, at 11th-ranked Vanderbilt and the 'Cats opened the week March 14 with an 11-8 home win vs. George Mason... The 20 goals vs. PC marked the highest UNH output since April 2009 (21-7 vs. Stony Brook) as well as the most goals scored away from home since April 2007 (22-5 at Binghamton) and the most against a non-league team since March 2006 (20-8 vs. Marist)... Freshmen Sarah Campbell (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga; 3 G, 1 A), Cara Dowdle (Northbrook, Ill./Loyola Academy; 1 A) and Molly Gaffey (North Hampton, N.H./Winnacunnet; 1 G, 1 A) all recorded their first career point vs. Presbyterian... Amber Casiano (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) tallied career highs in both goals (four) and points (six) against PC... Kate Keagins (Bay Shore, N.Y./Bay Shore) extended her point-scoring streak to 16 games by tallying multiple points in all three games last week; it is the longest active streak on the team... Ilana Cohen (Andover, Mass./Andover) has scored a goal all seven games in which she has played this season... Both Chelsea Cyester (Parker, Colo./Chaparral) and Meghan Bridges (Sandy Hook, Conn./Newtown) tallied a goal and assist vs. Presbyterian to record their first multiple-point games. l George Mason Highlights l

Stony Brook (3-4, 0-0 AE) split a pair of games against two MAAC members last week. The Seawolves lost at Marist in a heartbreaker and then toppled Iona at home... At Marist, the Seawolves fought back from a four-goal deficit to tie the Red Foxes, but lost on a goal scored with just 26 seconds remaining in regulation... At home, the Seawolves tied a season high in scoring with 18 goals, which included nine unanswered goals in the first half... Victoria Cable (Oakton, Va.) had a big week with eight goals and seven draw controls in the two games. She scored a career-high five goals vs. Iona... Melissa Cook (Bay Shore, N.Y.) scored five goals on the week and notched her first two assists of the year. Her first goal at Marist was her 100th career goal, making her just the fourth Seawolf to accomplish the feat... Abby Ford (Baltimore, Md.) notched a goal and seven assists, including four assists vs. Iona... Justyne Passarelli had eight ground balls and six caused turnovers on the week, including five caused turnovers at Marist. Mickey Cahill (Bay Shore, N.Y.) was strong in net, making 12 saves on the week after facing 37 shots... Stony Brook hosts defending national champion and current No. 1 Maryland at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. It will be the first time head coach Allison Comito faces her alma mater as a coach. Comito lettered with the Terps from 1998-2001 and scored the game-winning goal in the 2001 national championship game... The Seawolves open conference play at Vermont Sunday.

Vermont (4-4, 0-0 AE) went 2-0 on the week with a pair of road victories over Siena (16-9) and at Marist (15-8)... Freshman Sydney Mas (Bedford, N.Y./St. George's School (R.I.)) led the Catamounts with 10 goals and 12 points on the week. Mas scored a career-high six goals in the win over Marist. She has scored 20 goals and 25 points in the past five games... The Catamounts outscored their opponents, 31-17, on the week... Junior Adison Rounds (Centennial, Colo./Arapahoe) collected 10 draw controls in the two games... Goalkeeper Laura Barber (Middlebury, Vt./Middlebury) posted 18 saves in net on the week... Vermont begins a three-game homestand, its longest of the year, on Friday when it hosts Oregon at 3 p.m. at Moulton Winder Field... UVM also opens America East action hosting Stony Brook at 12 p.m. on Sunday.


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