2011 NEC All-Conference Teams and Awards

Three-time defending NEC champion Sacred Heart is represented on the first team by sophomore attacker Emily Pepe (East Quogue, NY/Westhampton (Jacksonville U.)), who has recorded 46 points on 19 goals and a team-high 27 assists. The transfer from Jacksonville helped spark her team's playoff push and is third in the conference in assists (1.69 per game) and tenth in scoring (2.88 ppg).

Monmouth senior midfielder Carissa Franzi (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) is a repeat All-NEC honoree, though she moves up to first team status in 2011. Franzi led the Hawks with 43 ground balls and 27 caused turnovers, and finished second with 30 draw controls. Her 1.59 caused turnovers per game is fifth in the NEC at this time. Franzi also pitched in offensively with 15 goals and 10 assists. She concluded her career ranked in the Monmouth top-10 in draw wins (79, third), caused turnovers (79, sixth) and ground balls (130, eight).

Quinnipiac adds three second team honorees to make it six All-NEC recipients in total. High-scoring senior midfielder Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, MA/East Longmeadow) is back in the award circle after collecting first team plaudits as a junior in 2010. She begins the playoffs as Quinnipiac's second-leading scorer with 44 points. She also ranks second in assists (18) and fourth in goals (26). Senior attacker Christine Sinnigen (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) is another vital cog in a balanced scoring attack that averages an NEC-best 13.6 goals per game. She excelled as a distributor as evidenced by her 1.53 assists per game, which ranks fourth in the league. On the year, Sinnigen has amassed 39 points on 16 goals and 23 assists. After splitting time in goal the last two seasons, junior Noelle Martello (Westbury, NY/Carle Place) earned the starting job outright in 2011 and did not disappoint, matching the single-season school record with 10 victories. She paces the NEC and ranks third in the nation with a .505 save percentage. Martello is also second on the loop with a 9.93 goals against average.

Monmouth's representation on the second team includes a pair of defenders who have previously been bestowed with postseason honors. Senior Allison Geoghan (Highland, MD/River Hill) is back for a second go-round on the second team, while sophomore Gianna D'Urso (Fairfield, NJ/West Essex) continued to develop after being named to the NEC All-Rookie team in 2010. The duo proved to be perfect defensive counterparts, bolstering a defense that posted a league-best 9.53 goals against average over the course of the regular season. D'Urso ranked second on the Hawks with 20 caused turnovers and was the NEC Defensive Player of the Week on March 14th, while Geoghan played every minute of every game over her 17 starts. After seeing limited time her first two years, junior midfielder Sam Lillo (Short Hills, NJ/Millburn) became one of Monmouth's go-to offensive players this past season. She ranked third on the Hawks with 29 goals, 11 assists and 40 points, and also led the team with 34 draw controls.

No strangers to award season, Sacred Heart placed a pair of veteran Sacred Heart performers on the All-NEC second team. Junior midfielder Kate Kmiotek (Farmingville, NY/Sachem East) is now a three-time honoree, having been recognized on the first team a year ago and the second team as a freshman back in 2009. The only player to rank in the NEC top-10 in each of the three major statistical categories, Kmiotek stands third in the league with 3.50 ppg, and also ranks fifth in goals (2.25 per game) and seventh in assists (1.25 per game). She leads Sacred Heart with 36 goals and 56 points, and cracked the 100-goal mark for her career last week (101). The bonafide two-way threat heads into the playoffs ranked second on the Pioneers in ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (21), and third in draw controls (28). Senior midfielder Jessica Ingrilli (Wantagh, NY/Wantagh) earned second team status back in 2008, then missed the last two seasons. She came back stronger than ever this spring with her 40 draw controls, 39 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers all representing team-highs. Ingrilli also delivered on the offensive end with 26 goals.

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2011-04-28



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