CHRISTEN PIERSANTI NAMED ECAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DANBURY, CT - Monmouth University junior goalkeeper Christen Piersanti (Bridgewater, NJ/Bridgewater-Raritan) has been named Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Year, conference officials announced Tuesday afternoon. In addition, Piersanti, along with senior Alyssa Ercolino (West Long Branch, NJ/Shore Regional) and junior Julie Laszlo (Rotterdam, Netherlands/Rotterdams Montessori Lyceum) were added to the ECAC All-Star First Team.
The two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Goalkeeper of the Year, Piersanti, had a stellar year in cage. The goalkeeper, who was an All-MAAC and NFCHA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team honoree, started all 20 games between the pipes, playing all but one half, recording a 1.20 goals against average, which ranked third in the nation. The junior registered a .742 save percentage and her 10 shutouts led the nation. In league play, Piersanti recorded a shutout in five of the six games, good for a 0.33 GAA in that span.
Ercolino, the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, was the third Hawk all-time to garner the league’s offensive award. The local product 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).
After her 2015 season was cut short due to injury, Laszlo, the MAAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, had a break out year in her return to the lineup. 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.
Monmouth finished the season with a 17-3 record and capped off its most successful season in its 20-year history, culminating with the MAAC Regular Season and Tournament Championships.