Field Hockey Places Four on All-NJAC Team, Gottung Named Coach of the Year

2011 NJAC All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (11/3/11)
– Head coach Beth Gottung was named the Coach of the Year while four players earned All-Conference honors as the New Jersey Athletic Conference unveiled its 2011 All-Conference Field Hockey Team on Thursday.

Senior defender Chelsea Keelen (Tinton Falls, NJ / Middletown South), sophomore forward Brittany Carroll (Kingston, NY / Rondout Valley) and sophomore Jennifer Tafro (Little Falls, NJ / Passaic Valley) were named to the First Team while junior goalkeeper Megan Bosland (Boonton, NJ / Boonton) was tabbed Honorable Mention.

All four players have played in integral role in helping Montclair State to one of its best seasons in program history. The Red Hawks, ranked sixth in Division III, are currently 18-1 overall setting the single-season record for victories. Montclair finished 5-1 in the conference during the regular season and reached the championship game of the inaugural NJAC Tournament.

Keelen was a three-time NJAC Defensive Player of the week honoree this season as she led not only one of the NJACs, but the nation’s top defensive units in 2011. Keelen posted four defensive saves leading a defense that ranks second in the NJAC and 10th in Division III in goals against average at 1.03 in addition to seven shutouts. In 19 games this year, Montclair has allowed just 152 shots by its opponents, an average of eight per contest. Keelen has also contributed offensively too with two goals, none bigger than her game-winning goal in overtime against Rowan in the NJAC Tournament semifinals on Wednesday evening.

Carroll was one of the top scorers in the NJAC this season with a breakthrough campaign in which she scored 16 goals along with nine assists for 41 points. She ranks third in the conference in points and third in goals while also ranking sixth in assists. Carroll, who had two goals and an assist in the semifinal versus Rowan, currently has the sixth-best single-season goal total in school history and the fourth-highest single-season point total.

Tafro is currently fifth on the team in scoring with nine goals and 19 points, including three goals and an assist during the six-game conference slate. Tafro ranks in the Top 20 in the NJAC in points and goals.

Bosland, the NJAC Rookie of the Year two seasons ago, ranks second in the NJAC in goals against average at 1.04 which is currently 10th in Division III. She also ranks second in shutouts with six and is third in save percentage at 74.0 percent. Named the NJAC Defensive Player of the Week during the season, Bosland’s 18 victories this season is a new MSU single-season record and upped her career win total to 42, which is currently second all-time.

Now in her 10th season, Gottung earned her second NJAC Coach of the Year honor to go along with her 2003 honor. Gottung has guided the Red Hawks to a 143-51 record, including this season’s aforementioned 18-1 record and the nation’s No. 6 ranking while finishing 5-1 in the league with the only loss coming to No. 4 The College of New Jersey, who MSU faces in the first NJAC Championship Game on Saturday.