Tepperman Named Top Goalkeeper; Women's Soccer Places Six on All-Conference Team

Montclair, NJ (11/3/09) – Senior Leah Tepperman (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) was named the Goalkeeper of the Year while also earning First-Team honors as Montclair State placed six players on the 2009 New Jersey Athletic Conference All-Conference Women's Soccer Team announced on Tuesday.

Tepperman was joined on the First Team by defender Tina Della Fave (Bordentown, NJ / Bordentown). Senior forward Liza Offreda (East Rutherford, NJ / Midland Park) was selected to the Second Team while senior Natalia Sisti (Lincoln Park, NJ / DePaul) and juniors Jackie McGrath (Vernon, NJ / Vernon) and Stefani Elefther (Rivervale, NJ / Pascack Valley) were chosedn Honorable Mention.

The six players helped Montclair State to a 9-6-2 record overall this season as the Red Hawks also qualifed for the NJAC Tournament for the 11th consecutive season.

A two-time NJAC all-conference selection, Tepperman currently leads the NJAC in both save percentage (.872) and total saves (116). Tepperman posted a league-high 69 saves against NJAC competition while ranking second in save percentage (.852). Overall, Tepperman has a 0.97 goals against average and recorded seven shutouts. In addition she finished her career ranked third all-time in goals against average (1.25), wins (29), shutouts (18) and saves (347).

Della Fave earns her first All-Conference honor as she anchored the MSU defensive unit. Appearing in all 17 contests this season, she also contributed two goals, including the game-winner in Montclair's 3-0 victory over Mount Holyoke at the Manhattanville Classic. Della Fave was also selected to the All-Tournament Team at the Swarthmore Kickoff Classic.

Offreda finished third on the team in goals (4) and points scored (11) this season as well as rankign in the Top 25 in the NJAC in goals, assists and points. An Honorable Mention All-NJAC selection in 2007, Offreda missed the Red Hawks' first five contests this season as she represented Montclair State on the international stage as part of the gold-medal winning United States squad in the Summer Deaflympics held in Taiwan in September. Offreda scored two goals, including one in the championship contest against Germany.

Sisti collected her third All-Conference honor as she wrapped up her career as one of the top scorers in MSU history. The former NJAC Rookie of the Year, Sisti led the team in scoring with eight goals and 17 points while posting three game-winning goals for MSU this season. She ranks 18th in the NJAC in points and seventh in goals and game-winning goals. Sisti closed out her career as the third all-time leading scorer with 98 points, including 42 goals which is also third-best. In addition she is second all-time in game-winning goals with 14.

McGrath finished second to Sisti in both goals and points as she scored seven and 14, respectively. McGrath also added two game-winning goals and scored a goal in five straight contests as Montclair went 4-1 during that span. McGrath accounted for both goals in a 2-0 win at Stevens and then tallied the lone score as MSU edged Rutgers-Newark, 1-0 in September.

Elefther appeared in 15 games on defense, combining with Della Fave and Tepperman on an MSU defense that allowed just 17 goals in 17 games (1.00 pg). The appearance on the All-Conference Team was Elefther's second straight as she also earned Honorable Mention honors as a freshman in 2007.