GLASSBORO, NJ – Rowan field hockey standouts Abby Hainsworth (Williamstown, NJ/Williamstown) and Kristiina Castagnola (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) have been named to the 2022 Academic All-America® Division III Women’s At-Large Team, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hainsworth was chosen to the Second Team with Castagnola earning Third-Team honors.
The duo, who helped Rowan to the NCAA Semifinals and a final national ranking of fourth, become the second and third all-time honorees from the Profs’ field hockey program as Casey Wagner earned Second-Team honors in 2020.
Hainsworth, a junior mechanical engineering major, received the prestigious NCAA Elite 90 Award as the student-athlete maintaining the highest grade-point average at the NCAA Championship. She was named to the NFHCA All-Regional IV Second Team and became the second goalkeeper in the program’s history to earn the NFHCA Defensive Player of the Week award during the season.
The Profs’ starting goalkeeper, she posted a 1.49 goals against average this year as the team recorded nine shutouts with a streak of six in a row, while making 32 saves and posting a 17-1 record.
Hainsworth was recognized as an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction for the second year in a row and was chosen to the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team, as well as the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 At-Large Team.
Castagnola, who is pursuing her master’s degree in higher education administration, has received numerous honors this season for her excellence on and off the field. In addition to being named to the NFHCA All-America First Team, she was the NFHCA Region IV Player of the Year, the NJAC Midfielder of the Year and an All-NJAC First Team selection for the third time. The Profs’ leading scorer with a career-high 44 points, Castagnola was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.
She was recently named the 2021-22 NJAC Female Athlete of the Year and was the recipient of Rowan’s Dr. Shirley O’Day Award for her athletic and academic accomplishments.
Additionally, the midfielder was named the Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Field Hockey Performer of the Year, was cited as a Scholar of Distinction by the NFHCA and was chosen to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 At-Large Team.