DANBURY, Conn. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its October monthly awards for field hockey and women's volleyball this afternoon, Tuesday, Nov. 5. For field hockey, senior Ameerah Thomas (Norfolk, Va./Granby) was named ECAC Division III North Offensive Player of the Month, while freshman Ava Panzer (Pawling, N.Y./Pawling) earned Rookie of the Month. Freshman Vianca Vital (Carolina, Puerto Rico/Perpetuo Socorro) of Manhattanville volleyball was named ECAC Division III Metro Rookie of the Month, as well.
Thomas currently leads the Valiants in points and goals and dominated the month of October for Manhattanville, helping her squad lock up the No. 1 overall seed in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) with an unbeaten record in conference play. Panzer has also been a focal point of the Crimson and White's offense en route to the regular-season conference title. The pair adds these accolades to their recent First and Second Team All-NECC honors, respectively, from last week.
Vital, who has won five Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week honors (two in October), has had a red hot freshman year with the Valiants. She has already etched her name in the top 10 in career assists at Manhattanville and is top three in single-season assists, and has been a major part of the Valiants locking up the No. 1 overall seed in the Skyline Tournament, which begins with the first round tonight – the Crimson and White has a bye through to the semifinals.
This is the first-career ECAC Monthly honor for all three Valiants. Thomas, Panzer and the rest of the field hockey squad return to the turf following a long layoff as they host the NECC semifinal and final rounds at GoValiants.com Field this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 9-10. Vital and her volleyball teammates hit the court for the semifinals Thursday night, Nov. 7, in Kennedy Gymnasium.
(Story and photo courtesy of Manhattanville Sports Information)