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CONGRATULATIONS: Rowan's Castagnola Named Academic All-Area Field Hockey Performer of the Year

Gorczyca and Hainsworth Named to All-Academic Team

PHILADELPHIA – Rowan’s Kristiina Castagnola been named the 2021 PhillySIDA Academic All-Area Field Hockey Performer of the Year. She was one of 11 student-athletes selected to the PhillySIDA Academic All-Area Field Hockey Team, which is voted on by the sports information offices of 30 institutions from the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

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Joining Castagnola on the Academic All-Area Team are fellow Profs Molly Gorczyca and Abby Hainsworth. 


Castagnola (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern Regional) was a major piece in the success of the Rowan program this season as the Profs went 18-3 overall, won the NJAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Final Four. Although Rowan fell to top-ranked Middlebury in the semifinals, she scored the Profs’ lone goal and was named to the All-Championship Team. The senior midfielder concluded her season with starts in all 21 games and 44 points off 18 goals and eight assists. For her career, Castagnola ranks ninth in program history in scoring with 111 points off 45 goals and 21 assists. 


The 2021 NJAC Midfielder of the Year, Castagnola was a first-team All-NJAC selection for the third time in her career and was named to the 2021 NFHCA Senior Team. Most recently, she was a repeat selection to the All-Region First Team and named the Region IV Player of the Year, just the second Rowan player to earn the honor. 


Academically, Castagnola was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society in 2019 and is a repeat Rowan Scholar-Athlete honoree. Earning her bachelor’s degree in communications studies in 2021, she is now pursuing a master’s degree in higher ed administration at Rowan.


Gorczyca (Hackettstown, NJ/Hackettstown), a senior, was chosen the 2021 NJAC Defender of the Year and received All-NJAC First Team honors while anchoring the Rowan defense that held its foes to just 23 goals in 21 games. Gorczyca, who was also selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team and the NFHCA All-Region IV First Team, added two assists on the year for the Profs and was also chosen to the NFHCA Senior Team. 


A supply chain and logistics major, Gorczyca is a two-time selection to the NFHCA National Academic Team. 


Hainsworth (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown), the Profs' goalkeeper, helped Rowan record nine shutouts and put together a six-game streak that tied the school record (from 2001) for consecutive shutouts. The sophomore posted a 1.49 goals against average and a save percentage of 65.3 percent, while being named to the NFHCA All-Region IV Second Team. 


A mechanical engineering major, Hainsworth received the NCAA Elite 90 award for having the highest GPA among the student-athletes in the Final Four.​