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Comerford Tabbed BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, Scarfogliero Lands on Second Team
Sam Scarfogliero
May 3, 2017

NEW YORK - The BIG EAST Conference announced its annual women's lacrosse postseason awards on Wednesday afternoon, as
Katie Comerford was named the conference's Freshman of the Year and landed on the All-BIG EAST Second Team. Sam Scarfogliero joins Comerford on the Second Team after a record-setting senior season defensively.

Comerford recorded 56 points on 40 goals and 16 assists in her rookie campaign, a Villanova single-season freshman record. The 56 points is tied for the eighth most points in a single-season in program history. She did not only contribute in the points column, as she tied for second on the team in ground balls with 23. The award marks Villanova's first ever BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

The three-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week was ranked statistically among the top freshmen attackers in the nation all season. The Yorktown Heights native finishes 2017 ranked sixth in goals per game (2.50), and eighth in shot percentage (.519) among all rookies.  

"Katie was our leader behind the crease this season," noted head coach Julie Young. "She's a kid that played with a ton of confidence and had a fearless attitude. She wouldn't let one bad shot discourage her from taking another. That's why she was so successful this year. She was so consistent all season and accomplished a ton as a freshman."

Scarfogliero's senior season goes down as one of the best in Villanova history, collecting 32 caused turnovers and earned 53 groundballs in 2017.

The Ward Melville High School-product ranked 15th in the country in ground balls per game (3.31) and 25th nationally in caused turnovers per game, averaging exactly two per contest.

"Sam was our anchor on defense," said Young of the senior. "She's a tenacious and scrappy player and often came up with clutch caused turnovers and ground balls. She gave the defense confidence and the team momentum and had a really strong senior season. I'm proud of how consistent she played the entire year."

Her 32 caused turnovers broke her previously owned program single-season mark of 27, which she set in her sophomore season in 2015. She set the career program record on March 1 against Saint Joseph's, finishing her career with 69 CTs, 27 more than the previous record holder.

This Sam's second BIG EAST postseason honor of her career. She was named the All-BIG EAST Second Team after the 2015 season.