2021 All-Herald field hockey player, team and coach of the year; First and second teams

Julia Gregory (26) and Alyssa VanDalinda (38) of Vernon chase the airborne ball with Sydney Strollo (32) of Morristown-Beard at the women’s field hockey championship between Morristown-Beard and Vernon at Vernon High School in Vernon, on November 21, 2020 (Photo by Warren Westura for the New Jersey Herald)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Julia Gregory

Vernon’s main forward

Gregory arrived when it mattered most time and time again throughout the season for the Vikings. She scored the team’s only goal to beat Hackettstown in the second round of the Hunterdon / Warren / Sussex tournament and an overtime winner over Newton.

The Vikings senior was the top scorer in Sussex County, finishing with 24 goals and four assists, and was voted the county’s top forward.

Gregory played seven multi-goal games and finished with four straight games in which she found the back of the net.

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Lenape Valley

The Patriots had the deepest run of any team in the greater Sussex County area, beating Hunterdon Central to advance to the H / W / S semi-finals and upsetting second-seeded Pompton Lakes to reach the North group final 1.

Lenape Valley also had big wins over Vernon, Wallkill Valley and West Morris this season, en route to a 17-4-1 record and sharing the colonial NJAC title with Wallkill Valley.

It was a team effort, with six different players scoring double-digit points. The Pats were led by senior Angie Falleni, Quinn Dachisen and Brooke Proctor.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Isabelle Becker

Lenape Valley

The Patriots did not slip in Becker’s second season at the helm. They just kept believing and found even more success.

In the North Group 1 semi-final against Pompton Lakes, Lenape Valley was led by two goals, but they responded with two goals from Ella Gomez and another from Dara Pellinger to advance to the section final.

Plus, the Patriots’ 17 wins were their biggest in more than a decade. Becker helped Lenape Valley become a threat that all oppositions had to respect on the other side.

FIRTEAM ST

Nathalie Armstrong

Wallkill Valley Senior Half

The Rangers center-half has helped her side keep their opponents at a record 16 goals this season. Scored five goals and four assists as one of the team’s guarded weapons in front of goal.

Cassandra Conklin

High Point Senior Goalkeeper

Often kept the Wildcats in play with his cage defense skills. Notched 177 saves in 17 games for an average of 10.4 per game. Made 13 or more saves in eight separate contests.

Quinn Dachisen

Lenape Valley Senior Midfielder

Made a big step forward helping to command the Patriots midfielder in his final season. Finished with four goals and four assists and was voted one of Sussex County’s top defensemen.

Julia decker

Newton senior wing

The Braves’ best offensive weapon possessed great speed and impressive stick work. Scored 18 goals and eight assists in his final season for co-champions NJAC-Freedom.

Angie falleni

Lenape Valley senior forward

Continued to be the Patriots’ best option heading towards goal. Finished high school career with 13 goals and eight assists, including one point in 15 of 22 Lenape Valley games.

Julia fitt

Newton senior striker

The four-year-old varsity player turned out to be the team’s top table trainer. As the Braves’ main target on penalty corners, Fitt finished with eight goals and 15 assists this season.

Ella Gomez

Lenape Valley second-year midfielder

Made a huge impression in her second college season as a dynamic two-way player. He scored six goals and two assists and won with two goals in the semi-finals of the Nord group.

Kiara koeller

Hackettstown sophomore forward

Proved the future is bright for the Tigers with 15 goals and three assists in his second college season. Made five multi-goal performances, including a big 4-3 win over Vernon in the regular season.

Nora Monaghan

Sparta senior midfielder

The senior Spartans have helped his team control the pace outside the midfield and have helped his team immensely in preparing offensively. Made three saves on the goal line and scored one goal this season.

Sidney pavlishin

Newton’s senior midfielder

Rowan commit was voted Sussex County’s best defensive player by his coaches. Pavlishin was the track in the defensive corners, contributing to stops on 101 and was the team’s primary receiver on the corners. Finished with six goals and 11 assists.

Sarina sanders

Wallkill Valley sophomore forward

The second-year Rangers was the team’s top scorer in her second college season. Found the back of the cage seven times and added five assists for colonial co-champions NJAC.

Ali stoner

Senior High Point Forward

He remained one of the main goal threats in Sussex County with 18 goals and nine assists. Has multiple points in nine games and has scored five and four goals midway through the campaign.

Sidney van tassel

Vernon’s second-year midfielder

Arguably the most balanced player on the pitch for the VIkings, Van Tassel has scored 11 goals and 12 assists in his sophomore year. Scored a point in 14 of Vernon’s 21 games, including a five-game streak with an assist.

SECOND TEAM

Delaney Campanella, Senior Kittatinny

Sophia Candeloro, second year of Sparta

Casey Coleman, senior of Sparta

Noel Debonta, Vernon senior

Madison Freda, Senior Newton

Samantha Fried, Wallkill Valley Senior

Bridget Kerrick, Senior Newton

Olivia Lamonica, Senior Jefferson

Sarah Leppard, Senior Jefferson

Julie Murphy, Wallkill Valley Senior

Brooke Proctor, Lenape Valley Senior

Saige Slater, Wallkill Valley Senior

Aaisha Taha, junior from Hackettstown

Amy Wood, Hackettstown Senior

This article originally appeared in the New Jersey Herald: NJ Field Hockey: 2021 All-Herald Field Hockey Honors

Catherine J. Martinez