Eight athletes nominated for field hockey player of the week
Each week, The Journal News/lohud asks its readers to vote online for the field hockey player of the week.
Last week, with coaches nominating eight players, Rye Country Day’s Reina Thalheimer-Santamaria, who recorded hat tricks in three straight Wildcat wins, took home the honor with 540 of 2,478 votes cast.
Runner-up was Maya O’Keefe of Mahopac, who garnered 418 votes.
This week, the coaches again named eight athletes for their game, this time covering games from September 19-25.
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Olivia Castaldo, North Rockland
The second-year central midfielder scored twice in the Red Raiders’ 3-0 win over Clarkstown North. She also had several defensive saves and a key play on a penalty corner that led to a goal in a 3-1 win over Nyack.
Toni DiCioccio, Mahopac
The senior striker scored twice in Mahopac’s 3-1 win over Ketcham and also netted in their 3-0 win over Ursuline.
Ava De Natale, Valhalla
Despite being double-teamed, the senior striker scored three unassisted goals in the final 10 minutes of the game – the last on a penalty stroke – carrying the Vikings to a 3-2 win over Albertus Magnus. De Natale’s 30th goal for his college career was included.
Lyla Gatterdam, Hastings
The senior striker scored eight goals in three wins last week. She had a hat-trick and an assist in a 6-1 win over Croton, a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Albertus Magnus and two goals and an assist in the upset 3- 0 of the Yellow Jackets against Bronxville, then ranked. .
Shana Goldsmith, Clarkstown South
The junior midfielder, who has excelled both offensively and defensively and has broken several double and triple teams this season, provided a huge change of momentum in the Vikings’ 3-1 win over Suffern. With Clarkstown South trailing 1-0 early in the second half, Goldsmith took control of midfield and about four minutes into the third quarter, carried the ball upfield and into the circle before scoring without help to tie the score. From there, she played stoppage defense.
Ava Harman, Putnam Valley
The junior midfielder has scored six goals in three games. She scored a career-high four goals in a 5-0 win over Croton, had a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over Rye Neck and scored Put Valley’s only goal in a 2-1 loss to North Salem.
Abby Trotta, Harrison
The central midfielder, who leads her side in assists, had a week of three goals and six assists. Included was his dramatic goal against Pelham which tied the score 4-4 on a penalty corner which ran after time expired. She scored two goals in that game and assisted on the other two Huskies goals.
Isabelle Vasquez, Fox Lane
The senior goaltender stopped seven shots, including a few high percentage chances on penalty corners, in the Foxes’ 1-0 loss to Horace Greeley. Vasquez also made seven saves as he helped Fox Lane defeat Ursuline 2-1. She has 33 saves over the season.
Nancy Haggerty covers cross country, track and field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, women’s lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News/lohud. Follow her on Twitter at @HaggertyNancy and @LoHudHockey.