Booth Leads Nation in Assists, Finishes Third in Points for 2006 Women's Lacrosse Season
June 7, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette sophomore attack Madalyn Booth led the nation in assists per game and was third in points per game for the 2006 season in the final NCAA Division I women's lacrosse statistics released this week. Booth averaged 2.94 assists and 5.38 points per game in her second year as a Leopard, recording 39 goals and 47 assists in 16 contests.
The first team All-Patriot League selection shattered the 15 year-old league record for assists in a season, which was previously set at 32 in 1991. Her season total of 86 points ranks fourth in league history and surpasses Lafayette's Patriot League record, which was held by Heather McClelland who had 80 points in 2001 and 74 in 2002.
Booth ranks sixth in league history with 59 assists through two seasons, and is within striking distance of the record of 97 held by Erin Rowse (Holy Cross, 2000-03).
Booth also made an impact on the NCAA record books. Her assists per game total ranks sixth all-time, and she became one of seven players in Division I women's lacrosse history to record at least eight assists in a game when she achieved the feat at Central Connecticut State.
The sophomore turned in a pair of 11-point games, against CCSU and Villanova, and was one of three players in the nation with at least 10 points in two games last season. Booth had a hand in all six of Lafayette's goals after halftime against Villanova and assisted on the game-winning score by Samantha Ziegler in the sudden-death overtime period in the Leopards' victory on April 15. She finished the contest with five goals and six assists.
The duo of defender Kat Hueglin and midfielder Kristin Ruminski were two of three freshmen in the nation to be ranked in the top 75 in both ground balls and draw controls per game, and helped Lafayette lead the Patriot League in both categories.
Hueglin ranked first in the league with 3.44 ground balls per game, placing 18th in the nation and fourth among freshmen. She was also third in the league with 2.25 draw controls per game.
Ruminski, who was named first team All-Patriot League and the league's Co-Rookie of the Year, joined Booth, Ziegler and Kaleigh Mountain as 30-goal scorers for the Leopards. Ruminski was 12th in the nation among freshmen with 2.25 goals per game. She was second in the league in draw controls (2.56) and fifth in both ground balls (2.75) and caused turnovers (1.19) per game.
Senior defender Farrell Sharkey was named to the All-Patriot League second team after recording 37 ground balls, 15 draw controls and eight caused turnovers while starting all 16 games.
Mountain (33 goals, 10 assists), Ruminski (36 goals, six assists) and Ziegler (32 goals, six assists) teamed with Booth to give the Leopards four of the league's top eight goal scorers.
Lafayette won each of its last two Patriot League games by 14-13 scores, against Villanova and Lehigh, to finish 3-3 in league play. The Leopards were 7-9 overall in their second season under head coach Kathy Frick, a six-win improvement over 2005.