May 10, 2005
May 10, 2005 //For Immediate Release//
Providence, R.I. … The Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team had four players selected to the 2005 all-BIG EAST women’s lacrosse team as the Conference announced its regular-season awards on Tuesday in voting done by the league’s coaches.
Leading the Irish quartet was the team’s lone first team selection, junior midfield/attack standout Crysti Foote (Suffern, N.Y.) who was one of seven unanimous selections to the team. For Foote, it marks her second consecutive year being named to the team after being a second-team choice in 2004. The junior had career highs this season in goals (34), assists (16) and points (50) and finished the season on a 10-game point-streak (26-12-38). A two-time BIG EAST attack player of the week in 2005, Foote’s 50 points tied her for sixth in overall scoring in the BIG EAST while her 34 goals was seventh best and the 16 assists tied her for second in that category. In five BIG EAST games, Foote was third in scoring with 15 goals and four assists for 19 points. She also tied for sixth in draw controls with 28. In three seasons at Notre Dame, Foote already ranks in the top five in goals, assists and points scored. Her 87 career goals rank her fourth; she is fifth in assists with 36 and fifth in points with 123.
Three Notre Dame players join Foote on the second team led by senior Jess Mikula (Chester, Md.) who was selected second team for the second consecutive season. Also selected to the all-BIG EAST second team for the first times in their careers were midfielder Lena Zentgraf (Jr., Charlottesville, Va.) and freshman attack Caitlin McKinney (Lafayette Hill, Pa.).
Mikula, a 2005 co-captain, was a second team selection in 2004. This year she was one of the team’s top defensive players, starting all 15 games. She finished second on the Irish in ground balls (36), second in draw controls (27) while leading the team with 23 caused turnovers to finish in the top 10 in all three categories for Notre Dame. She was eighth in ground balls, fifth in caused turnovers and tied for ninth in caused turnovers. She also had one goal and one assists for the season.
Zentgraf had a break out season for the Irish in 2005. After not scoring a point as a freshman and sitting out the 2004 season for family reasons, she stepped into the starting lineup this season to become one of Notre Dame’s top midfielders, finishing fourth in team scoring with 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points. She also added 27 ground balls (tied for fourth), 12 draw controls and 12 caused turnovers on the year. She finished the year by scoring points in nine of her last 10 games (10g, 5a, 15 points).
McKinney was the lone freshman selected to either of the BIG EAST all-star teams and the first Notre Dame freshman ever selected. She joined the Irish starting lineup in game one and went on to score 26 goals with 14 assists for 40 points to rank 11th among BIG EAST scorers. Her 40-point season was the third-best in the program’s nine-year history, missing the record of 41 by just one point. Included in McKinney’s season was a career-best five-point game (3g, 2a) versus Duke and a total of six games with four or more points. She became the first freshman at Notre Dame to score four goals in her first collegiate game (vs. Ohio on Feb. 27). The fleet-footed attack standout started her rookie year with an 11-game point streak (20-12-32) and finished the year by scoring in 14 of Notre Dame’s 15 games on the season. She added 21 ground balls, had 15 draw controls and nine caused turnovers on the campaign.
2005 BIG EAST Women’s Lacrosse Awards
Attack Player of the Year Coco Stanwick, So., Georgetown
Midfielder of the Year Katie Batiuk, So., Rutgers
Defensive Player of the Year Chloe Asselin, So., Georgetown
Coach of the Year Bonnie Rosen, Connecticut
All-BIG EAST First Team All-BIG EAST Second Team*Chloe Asselin, So., D, Georgetown Jill DePetris, So., M, SyracuseKatie Batiuk, So., M, Rutgers Catherine Elbe, Sr., A, Georgetown*Suzie Breaznell, Sr., M/A, Boston College Jacqui Hamilton, Sr, A, ConnecticutShannon Burke, So., M, Connecticut Anne Marchitello, So., D, RutgersAli Chambers, Sr., M, Georgetown Caitlin McKinney, Fr., A, Notre Dame*Caitlyn Dragon, Sr., A, Syracuse Jess Mikula, Sr., M, Notre DameLyndsey Feldman, Sr., GK, Rutgers Meghan O'Connell, Jr., M, Syracuse*Crysti Foote, Jr., M/A, Notre Dame Kelly Robinson, Sr., D, Connecticut*Monica Joines, Sr., A, Syracuse Sarah Robinson, Sr., GK, Georgetown*Tracy Mullaney, Sr., M, Connecticut Catherine Seals, Sr., D, RutgersCarley St. Lucia, Sr., M, Boston College Jackie Yovankin, Sr., M/D, Boston College*Coco Stanwick, So., A, Georgetown Lena Zentgraf, Jr., M, Notre Dame Stephanie Zodtner, Jr., D, Georgetown*denotes unanimous selection