Rowan University’s Christina Castagnola was named the 2022 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Player of the Year, the school announced Thursday.
Castagnola, a senior midfielder from Voorhees, became the first female athlete in Rowan history to earn national player of the year honors. She joined Andy Logar as the second professor ever to receive the prestigious national award. Logar was the 1991 Division III Men’s Soccer Player of the Year.
“Christina has achieved the highest honor in our sport,” Rowan head coach Michelle Andre said in a press release. “It is well deserved and she has worked very hard to achieve this honor and she will leave Rowan as one of the most decorated field hockey players to come through the program.”
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Castagnola finished her career as Rowan’s all-time leading scorer with 163 points (66 goals, 31 assists), including 13 game-winning goals, and was named a three-time All-American. The Profs posted a 76-11 record during Castagnola’s career with three conference titles and three trips to the semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament.
Castagnolo scored a career-high 52 points this fall with 21 goals and 10 assists to lead Rowan to a 21-2 record. She had six game-winning markers and the first two hat tricks of her career.
Castagnola was named NFHCA Region IV Player of the Year and NJAC Midfielder of the Year, honors she also received in 2021. She was an All-Region and NJAC selection all four seasons at Rowan, making First Team All-Region three years and First Team All-Conference four years.
A standout in the classroom as well, Castagnola has been named the PhillySIDA Academic All-Area Hockey Field Performer of the Year twice, including this year.
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