Krista Romano, always stubborn on defense, had to change her way of thinking for the fall 2012 season.
Romano, a junior on the Quinnipiac field hockey team, was moved to left forward after being a defender for years on end.
"It was a difficult change at first," said Romano, a Madison High School standout. "It was hard getting used to it at first. Now I like it. I really enjoy it."
Against Bryant on Oct. 28, Romano registered two goals in a 3-0 Bobcats win. She scored Quinnipiac's first and third goals. Both were assisted by former Pompton Lakes High School standout Danielle Allan.
Romano finished the season with five goals and five assists. Apparently, she adjusted very well.
"I take my defensive mentality and take it to the forward line," said Romano, who formerly played right back, right midfielder and sweeper. "It's the ability to take it from the first line of defense and outletting it to the attack.
"Otherwise, you take the ball on defense and look for a back to go upfield."
Quinnipiac ended the season with a 12-6 record. The Bobcats lost to Rider in the NEC Tournament semifinals.
Goalie Megan Bosland, a Boonton grad, is having an excellent season for Montclair State University.
Bosland, a senior, has started all 20 games for the Red Hawks. She has played more than 1,300 minutes. Bosland's goals-against average is 0.72. Her saves percentage is 0.84.
Also playing for MSU are Newton's Emily Burd, Montville's Danica Witty and Maura Johnston and Vernon's Lauren Poppe. Johnston has started five games and contributed three goals and three assists. Burd has started 19 games and has a goal. Poppe also has converted once.
Bosland and Johnston were honored by the NJAC recently. Bosland nabbed Defensive Player of the Week kudos for the fourth time this season while Johnston was Rookie of the Week. Johnston had the decisive goal in a 2-1 victory at Drew University.
MSU earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 win over Rowan in the NJAC Championship Game on Sunday, Nov. 4. It was the first NJAC crown for the Red Hawks. Bosland had five saves for her eighth shutout.
Senior forward Liesl Morris of Lafayette has one goal and 11 assists for No. 13 University of Michigan (12-5).
Morris, a forward/midfielder, is the daughter of former Pope John coach Wendy Morris, now at Pennington. The elder Morris heads the field hockey and lacrosse programs.
Mackenzie Ellis, a Madison High School alumnae, has played in seven games for the Wolverines.
Junior midfielder Chelsea Davies had seven goals and six assists for the University of Richmond. The former Madison High School standout started all 21 games for the 16-5 Spiders. Richmond was undefeated in the A-10.
Senior midfielder Jaclyn Bertos (Morris Knolls H.S.) started 19 games for William Paterson University, scoring three goals and passing for four assists. West Morris graduate Aubrey Pellerin, a sophomore forward, had three goals and an assist for the Pioneers. Sophomore midfielder Shannon Fisher started 17 games and knocked in two goals.
Melanie O'Connor, who was named Liberty League Defensive Performer of the Week, has nine goals and six assists for William Smith. O'Connor, a junior midfielder and Pope John alumnae, recorded a goal, an assist and two defensive saves in two Liberty League Tournament Championship games. Chatham's Sarah Tompson, a sophomore defender, has contributed four goals and two assists for the Herons.
Alyssa DiMaio had seven goals and 12 assists in 17 games for Middlebury. DiMaio, a sophomore midfielder, and Middlebury won the NESCAC Championship. The Panthers are 17-0 and received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Stephanie Barbulescu, a junior midfielder, is a co-captain for the Montclair State University squad. She has three assists and has started 16-of-18 games.
Barbulescu, a Franklin resident and Pope John alum, and the Red Hawks will play for the NJAC Championship on Sunday, Nov. 4.
Allison Wacker (Wallkill Valley H.S./Stockholm), Brittany Cooper (Roxbury H.S./Succasunna) and Molly Whipple (Newton H.S.) also have seen action for MSU. Wacker has two assists. Cooper has a goal and an assist.
Kinnelon's Carleigh Morba has started seven games for American University. Morba, a senior forward, has one goal and one assist. Kristen DeRiggi, who went to Morris Knolls High School, has started six games as a freshman.
Providence College freshman striker Catherine Zimmerman is the leading scorer for Providence College. Zimmerman, of Madison, has seven goals, three of them gamewinners, and an assist. She was named to the Big East All-Rookie Team despite sitting out a portion of the season with an injury.
Tiffany Kelly of Parsippany had six goals and two assists to lead Goldey-Beacom. Kelly, a freshman forward, was named CACC Rookie of the Week once this fall. Kelly attended Parsippany High School.
Senior forward Michelle Marabondo, a senior forward and Roxbury High School graduate, was named NJAC Co-Player of the Year. Marabondo, who played for William Paterson University, led the league with 23 goals and 53 points. She had six game-winning goals. Marabondo ranks second all-time at WPU with 62 goals, 19 of them decisive ones.
Mendham's Robin Chernow started all 18 games for Haverford College, amassing 1,675 minutes as goalie. Chernow, a sophomore, allowed 16 goals. Her goals-against average is 0.86 and her saves percentage is .805. Senior Katie Bigay, who attended Pope John, started 13-of-14 games as a defender for the Fords.
Randolph's Brittney Jemas, a senior outside hitter/defensive specialist, had 167 kills for Ramapo College. Nicole Herrmann, a freshman outside hitter and Parsippany resident, was key as a blocker.
In an Oct. 27 match versus WPU, Jemas had eight kills and 14 digs.
Michelle Merida, a freshman outside hitter and Parsippany High School graduate, played in eight games for William Paterson University.
Chatham's Tara Hanley had a strong freshman season for the University of Richmond. Hanley finished 10th at the William & Mary Invite, was 32nd at the Atlantic 10 Championship, was 33rd at the Charlotte Invitational and was 41st at the Chile Pepper Festival.
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