Field Hockey Sweeps Final NJAC Weekly Awards

Montclair, NJ (11/16/09) – The Montclair State field hockey team swept all three weekly honors from the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Monday as senior Danielle Altersitz (Thorofare, NJ / Kingsway) , junior Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) and freshman Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) were chosen as the Defensive, Offensive and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

The trio helped Montclair State capture its third ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship in the last four years and fifth overall as the Red Hawks did not allow a goal in three games. MSU outscored its opponents 13-0 to finish the year a 15-6. The 15 wins by Montclair mark the sixth time in program history that the Red Hawks captured that number of victories in one campaign.

Altersitz became the fourth different Red Hawk to claim defensive player honors, after being named the Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Mid- Atlantic Tournament. She opened the week by helping to hold Gwynedd-Mercy to just one shot on goal in the Red Hawks’ 8-0 ECAC opening round shutout victory. Three days later, she produced a
defensive save while helping to hold Catholic to just seven shots on goal during MSU’s 2-0 ECAC semifinal shutout win. She wrapped up her collegiate career by helping to hold Hartwick to just one shot on goal in a 3-0 ECAC Championship Game shutout victory. Altersitz was a key member of a Red Hawk defense that finished the season ranked first in the NJAC in team goals against average (0.95).

Hagel wins her third award of the season, after scoring a goal in each of the three victories. She opened the week by scoring the game-winning goal in the Red Hawks’ 8-0 ECAC opening round victory over Gwynedd-Mercy. Three days later, she notched a goal in MSU’s 2-0 ECAC semifinal win over Catholic. She wrapped up her junior season by netting the game-winning score in the Red Hawks’ 3-0 ECAC Championship Game win over Hartwick. Hagel finished the season ranked second in the NJAC in overall points (39).

Bosland garnered her third rookie accolade of the season, after contributing to the Red Hawks’ ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament Championship run. She opened the week by recording two saves in MSU’s 8-0 ECAC opening round win over Gwynedd-Mercy. Three days later, she collected seven saves in a 2-0 ECAC semifinal win over Catholic. She wrapped up her freshman season with one save during Montclair’s 3-0 ECAC Championship Game win over Hartwick. The 2009 NJAC Rookie of the Year, Bosland finished the season ranked first in the NJAC in goals against average (0.89) which was also the second lowest single-season average in Montclair State history.