Senior Alyssa Romano has been selected to the All-Patriot League First Team, conference officials announced Wednesday. Additionally, classmate Amanda Makoid, along with sophomore Emma Larkin and Emily Stankiewicz have been honored to the All-PL Second Team.
Romano, a defender from Baldwin, N.Y., started all 16 games for the Eagles. She registered 19 caused turnovers, second most on the team, which was good for fifth in the Patriot League. She also collected 24 groundballs, third-most on the squad. This is the second All-Patriot League selection for Romano, who was a Second Team pick last season. She started all 68 games in which she appeared in during her four-year career at American. The Public Communications major is also a two-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll selection.
“Alyssa was undoubtedly the leader on our defense, both in her communication skills and her experience on the field,” remarked Head Coach Katie Woods. “This year, she had a strong group around her, and Alyssa did a great job mentoring the younger players. She has started ever since she got on campus four years ago with her role on the team increasing each year. It is good to see her finish off her career as a First Team selection.”
Makoid receives All-Patriot League Second Team honors for the second straight season after leading the Eagles with 32 goals and 41 points in 2010. The Doylestown, Pa., native was also third on the squad with 29 draw controls, and notched 18 groundballs as well. She started all 16 games this season, and completes her career at AU with 68 career appearances, including 59 starts. The Business Administration major netted 78 goals and recorded 104 points in her four-year career for the Eagles.
“Amanda has taken on a similar role to Alyssa as a leader in the midfield and offensive end of the field,” commented Woods. “She has developed into our emotional leader and seemed to always be able to come up with big plays when we needed them. She has come so far in developing her game, especially in becoming our go-to player on the attack. This is a well-deserved way for Amanda to close out her career.”
This is the first All-League selection for Larkin, a midfielder from Cockeysville, Md. After only playing in six games in her freshman campaign, Larkin had a breakout season in 2010, as she led the Patriot League with 1.88 caused turnovers per game. She registered team-highs with 37 groundballs collected and 30 caused turnovers, and was also third on the squad with 22 draw controls. The Economics major started all 16 games for AU in 2010, and also recorded a goal in American’s thrilling 17-16 victory over Lehigh.
“Emma is a player we want on the field all the time. She is really consistent in all facets of the game,” Woods said. “Emma has a huge presence on defense, but also has a big impact on our transition game in helping to move the ball up the field. It is great for her to be honored, and I’m looking forward to her game continuing to develop as she takes on more of a leadership role next season.”
Stankiewicz was also named to the All-PL Second Team, the first postseason honor for the midfielder. The Longfellow, Mass., native was a key contributor all over the field for the Eagles, as she led the team with 38 draw controls and finished second with 34 groundballs collected. She finished the regular season fifth in the Patriot League with 2.38 draw controls per game. Additionally, Stankiewicz added 20 goals and 26 points, good for third on the team in both categories.
“Emily had a really strong year and was able to find her own place on the attack and be a threat,” remarked Woods. “She also was a force in the midfield in coming up with 50-50 balls and playing with an aggressive mentality. She had some really strong games this season and I’m happy that she was recognized. I’m excited to see where she takes her game next year.”