Montclair, NJ (1/24/12) – Deana Hagel (Fairfield, NJ / West Essex) was honored as Montclair State’s 2011 Woman Athlete of the Year at the 20th annual Girls & Women in Sports Awards luncheon held by the N.J. Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women at Seton Hall University on Sunday.
Hagel, who was one of several hundred college and high school athletes honored at the event, also delivered the remarks on behalf of the collegiate athletes during the program.
Hagel, who finished her field hockey career in 2010, ranked as one of the NJAC's top scorers during her senior season finishing in double digits in both goals and assists with 10 each for 30 points. She ranked third in league in points and was also third in assists and fifth in goals scored. Hagel had three games in which she scored multiple goals and had the game-winning goal in MSU's 1-0 win against Susquehanna on September 18.
The team captain, Hagel was named to the New Jersey Athletic Conference First Team for a second straight season and also earned her second All-Region honor from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association as she was named First Team there as well. She was named the Montclair State Senior Female Athlete of the Year for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Hagel became the ninth player in program history to be named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Senior All-Star Game and closed out her career as one of the most prolific offensive players in Montclair State history. She ranks second all time in points scored with 89, third in goals 37, 12th in assists with 15 and she is fourth in game-winning goals with nine.
Hagel who earned her degree in English Education from Montclair State in December, was named to the SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad in each of her four years and was a Dean’s List member six times. She was also a member of the National Student-Athlete Honor Society and was an active member of TALON participating in numerous community service projects, including the Annual Holiday Toy Drive and the Essex County Special Olympics.