Montclair, NJ (11/11/09) – Freshman goalkeeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) was named the Rookie of the Year as Montclair State placed four players on the 2009 New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference Team released on Wednesday.
Senior midfielder Melissa Buttray (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) was named to the First Team along with juniors Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) and Jessica Murphy (West Long Branch, NJ / Shore Regional). Senior Justine DiPaolo (Lanoka Harbor, NJ / Lacey) was named Honorable Mention.
The five players were instrumental in helping Montclair State to a 12-6 record this season and a third-place finish in the NJAC as the Red Hawks posted a 4-2 mark in the league.
A three-time NJAC weekly award winner during the 2009 season, Bosland currently leads the league in overall goals against average (1.03). Bosland finished the conference season ranked second in save percentage against NJAC competition (.774). Appearing in 17 of 18 games this season, including 16 starts, Bosland had stopped 41 shots while also recording one shutout this season. She has made five or more saves in a game four times with a season-best nine in MSU's 3-1 loss to unbeaten Cortland on October 28.
Buttray earns her third All-Conference honor and second with Montclair State after being selected Honorable Mention last season. She ranks in the top 20 in the NJAC in goals (14th), assists (20th) and points (20th) scoring five goals and adding four assists for 14 points. Buttray, who has also posted two game-winning tallies, is fourth on the team in points scored and third in assists.
Hagel, a two-time NJAC Offensive Player of the Week pick, led MSU in scoring as she was one of the top scorers in the league this season. The team leader in goals and points, Hagel has scored 14 goals this season, the fourth-best single-season total in the last decade. Hagel, who is second on the squad in assists is currently ranked fourth in the NJAc points (33) and goals and is eighth in assists as well as second in game-winning goals with five.. Among Hagel's 14 goals this season were a pair of hat trick in Montclair wins over New Paltz and William Paterson on Ocober 7 and October 31, respectively. It is the first All-NJAC honor for Hagel.
Likewise, Murphy also collected her first All-Conference accolade. Murphy was a two-time NJAC Defensive Player of the Week, Murphy was an integral part of a defensive unit that has allowed the fewest number of goals in the NJAC this season (21). In addition she has also contributed on the offensive end scoring seven goals and adding two assists for 16 points.
DiPaolo, who ranks fifth all-time at MSU in assists (22), leads the team and is ranked second in the NJAC with six this season. She has also scored eight times this season which is second on the team. She is ranked 10th in goals scored and ninth in points (22) in the NJAC.