Shanna Vitale named Coach of the Year

December 17, 2012
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Coach Shanna Vitale

Head field hockey coach Shanna Vitale was named the 2012 Synapse Sports NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. In addition, junior goalkeeper Antonija Pjetri ’15 (Psychology) was tabbed to the 2012 Synapse Sports NCAA Division III All-America Third Team.

With Vitale at the helm this season, the Hawks went 16-5 overall and 5-1 in conference play en route to winning their first-ever State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) title. Prior to this year, the New Paltz field hockey program had never experienced a winning season in its history. Not only were the Hawks well above .500, but they also gave Vitale a career winning record at 41-36. Vitale is the winningest coach in program history, and she boasts more victories in her four years at the helm (41) than the program earned during the nine years prior to her arrival (39). In addition to winning the conference title this season, Vitale, who was also named the 2012 SUNYAC Field Hockey Coach of the Year, led the Hawks to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship Tournament.

Pjetri became New Paltz’s first-ever field hockey All-American, as she fashioned a .860 save percentage that wound up tied for the highest total in all of NCAA Division III this season. She boasted a 1.09 goals-against average that ranked second in the conference, and also owned 135 saves to her credit. She was 16-5 for the season and posted eight shutouts. Pjetri started in all 21 of the Hawks’ games and logged 1407:12 in goal. She was named the 2012 SUNYAC Field Hockey Player of the Year, and for her outstanding play at the 2012 SUNYAC Field Hockey Championship Tournament, Pjetri was named the Tournament MVP.

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