GENEVA, NY – Rowan’s Cristina Castagnola has been named the 2022 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Player of the Year. professional history.
Bio of Castagnola
Castagnola is the first female athlete in Rowan’s history to win the national top player award, as chosen by each sport’s coaching association. She is her second professional player to win the sport’s highest award, as Andy Logar was her 1991 Division III Men’s Soccer Player of the Year.
Castagnola was named the nation’s top player after being named to the 2022 NFHCA All-America First Team.
Rowan went 21-2 with two straight wins, made it to the NCAA semifinals for the second year in a row, won back-to-back conference championships, and ranked among the top three teams in the country all season.
Often the focus of opponents’ game plans, Castagnola posted a career-high 52 points with 21 goals and 10 assists this season. She scored the winning goal in her six games in 2022 and scored her trick in two hats for the first time in her career while directing the professional offense from midfield.
This season, she was named NFHCA Region IV Player of the Year and NJAC Midfielder of the Year, which she won again in 2021. She is on the All-Region First Team and four on the All-Conference First Team.
Rowan’s second consecutive NCAA semifinal appearance this year saw Castagnola selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team for the second time.
“Christina has earned the highest honor in our sport. It is very well deserved and she has worked hard to earn this honor. I’m leaving Rowan as one of the award-winning field hockey players who can do it all, have bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and compete at the highest level,” said head coach Michelle André.
During her career, she was also honored for her excellence in the classroom, earning her second award in 2022, when she was named PhillySIDA Academic All-Area Field Hockey Performer of the Year. Castagnola, who holds a master’s degree in public administration, was named to the 2021-22 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team and is a multiple-time NFHCA Distinguished Scholar.
Castagnola capped Rowan’s all-time top scorer career with 163 goals (66 goals, 31 assists) and 13 game-winning goals. She ranked 6th in conference history in career points and, among her NCAA Division III players as of the 2022 season, her 3rd in career points, 4th in goals, and 4th in assists. ranked her fifth in the
Rowan enjoyed great success in her four seasons (2018-22), with Profs compiling a record of 76-11 with three conference titles and three NCAA semifinals.