FOUR HAWKS TABBED TO THE NFHCA ALL-MID-ATLANTIC TEAM
CHANDLER, AZ – Monmouth University field hockey seniors Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore Regional) and Casey Hanna (Seaville, NJ/Ocean City) and juniors Julie Laszlo (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Rotterdams Montessori Lyceum) and Christen Piersanti (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) were tabbed to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Mid-Atlantic Teams, the organization announced Tuesday. It marks the eighth consecutive year a Hawk has been added to the NFHCA All-Region team and the highest total of players selected in a single-season.
Ercolino, Laszlo and Piersanti join Michelle Pieczynski (2011) and Trish O’Dwyer (2014) as NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honorees and are now all eligible for All-American status, which will be unveiled on December 7th. Hanna, a second-team selection, becomes the second Hawk to claim regional honors on three occasions.
“It's a great honor for our players to be recognized with the country’s elite,” commented MAAC Coach of the Year, Carli Figlio. “We had an outstanding year and each one of these players played a major role in our success. They have set the tone for years to come.”
Ercolino, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, earns her first career all-region accolade. The local product, who was the third Hawk all-time to garner the league’s offensive award, started all 20 games this season compiling 13 goals, including the MAAC Championship-clinching goal for her team-leading fifth game-winner, while dishing out 11 assists, good for 37 points, which all stand as career-bests. The midfield, who was named All-MAAC for the third straight season, started all 78 games of her career and ranks second in assists (29) and sixth all-time in points (78) and goals (25).
Laszlo, the MAAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, captured her first regional accolade following a breakout year after coming back from injury. The Netherlands native, who was the fifth Hawk all-time to be named a league player of the year and the fourth-straight defensive player of the year honoree, returned to start all 20 games in 2016, compiling eight defensive saves from the backline, which ranked fourth nationally, and helped the defensive corps record 10 shutouts, a new program record. Laszlo also contributed on the offensive end recording a team-leading 48 points on 16 goals and 16 assists.
The two-time MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, Piersanti garners her first all-regional accolade after having a stellar year in cage. The goalkeeper started all 20 games between the pipes, playing all but one half, recording a 1.20 goals against average, which stands as the third-lowest mark in the nation. The junior registered a .742 save percentage and her 10 shutouts led the country. In league play, Piersanti recorded a clean sheet in five of the six games good for a 0.33 GAA in that span.
Hanna, who was placed on the All-MAAC First Team for three straight seasons, started all 20 games on the backline. The NFHCA Senior Game participant helped the Monmouth defense succeed all season as the Hawks finished the year ranked in the top-10 nationally in four defensive categories. The two-time MAAC Defender of the Year has also got into the offensive mix, registering 13 points on four goals and five assists. The MAAC Championships Most Valuable Player started all but two of her 78 career games and finished with 27 points on nine goals and nine assists to go along with 12 defensive saves.
Monmouth finished the season with a 17-3 record and capped off its most successful season to date with the MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championship, while make its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.