College Field Hockey
Rider's Pisani NEC/ECAC Player of the Week
LAWRENCEVILLE--Junior Megan Pisani (Plainsboro/West Windsor-Plainsboro North) of the Rider University field hockey team was named the Player of the Week by the Northeast Conference and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), it was announced Monday.
Pisani was honored for all games played October 25-31.
Pisani scored five goals for Rider (14-3, 7-0 NEC) as the Broncs clinched the Northeast Conference Regular Season Title for the second year in a row.
"Megan is the type of player that has a knack for coming through for you in crunch time and she did that for us this past week," said head coach Lori Hussong. "She is back to full strength from an injury earlier in the season and you see what she is capable of doing with two game-winners this past week."
In a battle for first place against Monmouth on October 29, Pisani scored two of Rider's three goals and against Saint Francis (Pa.) on October 31, Pisani recorded the fourth 'hat trick' of her career.
Pisani leads the Broncs with 15 goals and is 12th nationally in goals per game and 19th in points per game.
This is the fourth time in her career that Pisani has been recognized by the NEC.
Pisani is the fifth Bronc this season to earn NEC Player of the Week honors with freshman Sandra Penas (Barcelona, Spain), junior Virginia Egusquiza (Getxo, Spain), sophomore Marlaine Schneider (Feasterville, Pa./Neshaminy) and junior Rebecca Lotito (Oceanport/Shore Regional) also recognized.
"It's nice to have so many different offensive threats on the field," said Hussong. "It makes it very difficult for our opponents to cover everyone."
Rider has won 11 straight and is undefeated (7-0) at home.
In the latest national statistics, several Broncs continued to rank in the top 20.
Lotito leads the nation in goals against average 0.51 and save percentage (.833).
Egusquiza is fourth in assists and 11th in points per game and Penas is 16th in points and 19th in goals per game. Penas is the second leading scorer among freshmen in Division I.
As a team, Rider leads the nation in penalty corners (14.47) and shutouts per game played (0.53), and the Broncs are third in goals against average (0.87), fourth in goals (3.65), fifth in points (10.12) and sixth in assist per game (2.82). Rider also has the sixth highest winning percentage (.824).
The Broncs host the four-team NEC Tournament and will face fourth seed Quinnipiac in the semifinals on Friday at 1:30pm.
Second seed Monmouth and third seed Bryant will face off in the first semifinal at 11am.
The championship game will be Saturday at noon with the NEC winner traveling to face the champion from the America East on Tuesday, November 7.
Rider has won the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009 and now the 2010 NEC Regular Season Titles with the Broncs winning the NEC Championship in 2000, 2002 and 2004. The Broncs have reached the NEC Title Game in eight of the last 10 seasons and this is the 11th season in a row that Rider has qualified for the four-team NEC playoffs, all under Hussong.