Blaine Player of the Year as Women's Lax Puts 10 on Skyline All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (5/5/08) – Senior forward Bethany Blaine (Moorestown, NJ / Moorestown) was named the Player of the Year as Skyline Conference champion Montclair State placed 10 players total, including eight on the First Team as the league announced its All-Conference Team on Monday.

Blaine became the third straight Red Hawk to win Player of the Year honors as she was joined on the First Team by seniors Jennifer Tanis (Oak Ridge, NJ / Jefferson), Cristin Bentz (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee), Kaite Castellanos (Marlton, NJ / Cherokee), Melissa Deangelo (Toms River, NJ / Toms River South); junior Marykate DiBenedetto (Cinnaminson, NJ / Cinnaminson) and sophomores Morgan MacPhee (Toms River, NJ / Toms River East) and Jamie Hudacko (Montville, NJ / Montville).

Freshman defender Kristin Quigley ( Medford, NJ / Lenape) and goalkeeper Talia Katz (Lower Merion, PA / Lower Merion) were named to the Second Team.

Head coach Nicol Parcelluzzi was chosen as the Coach of the Year for the second time in her three seasons as she led the Red Hawks to their third straight conference championship and second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Parelluzzi is 38-16 overall, including a 17-0 mark in Skyline play the last three years.

Blaine adds her Player of the Year honors to her Skyline Tournament Most Valuable Player trophy as she currently leads MSU in goals (46) and points (59) as well as draws (38) and is tied for third on the team in caused turnovers with 15. She ranks fifth in the league in goals and points per game, eighth in assists per contest and third in draw controls.

DiBenedetto collects her third All-Conference honor and second First-Team selection as she was a two-time Player of the Week pick during the season. Scoring 37 goals and handing out 19 assists – both second on the team – she is second on the Red Hawks in ground balls (39) and caused turnovers (18) and third in draws (25). DiBenedetto is fourth in the Skyline in assists per game and ranks seventh in goals and sixth in points per game.

Like DiBenedetto, Tanis too is now a three-time All-Skyline Conference choice. Ranked among the Top 10 in several career categories, Tanis is third on the team in scoring with 37 points (16 goals), including a team-best 21 assists. She also leads Montclair in ground balls with 43 and caused turnovers (32) while also registering 34 draws.

Hudacko and MacPhee each earn their first All-Skyline awards. Both players are tied for the fourth on the team in scoring with 32 points. Hudacko has 27 goals in 16 games while also contributing 26 ground balls, 20 draws and 12 caused turnovers. MacPhee, who had four goals in the Skyline Championship Game against Kean, has tallied 23 goals this season to go along with 33 ground balls, 31 draws and 11 caused turnovers.

On defense, Bentz receives her second Skyline accolade while Castellanos and Deangelo pick up their first awards as they helped Montclair’s defense rank among the best in the Skyline this season. The Red Hawks are second in goals against average and surrendered just 25 goals in five league games this season.

Bentz recorded 30 ground balls, 24 draws and 15 caused turnovers while Castellanos had 23 ground balls, seven caused turnovers and seven draws. Deangelo, who missed last season with an injury, came back this year to collect 18 ground balls and 10 draws while forcing 14 turnovers. The three players also helped on the offensive end with seven goals combined.

Quigley and Katz appeared in all 16 games this season for the Red Hawks. Quigley registered 18 ground balls, 10 draw and 14 caused turnovers while Katz made 110 saves and was second in the Skyline in goals against average.