WINTHROP, Mass. - Simmons College field hockey player Brianna Rastello (Salem, N.H.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week for the week of August 25-31, it was announced today by the league office.
The 2014 season is the inaugural campaign for the GNAC. Thus making Rastello its first-ever Goalkeeper of the Week.
The sophomore stopped 10 of 13 shots that she faced for the Sharks to post a .769 save percentage in a 3-1 defeat to number 17 nationally-ranked Mount Holyoke College on August 29. Making the second-year keeper's effort even more impressive was the fact that the Lyons owned 19 penalty corners to keep the pressure on Rastello the entire match. The Haverhill High School product held Mount Holyoke scoreless for the first 25-plus minutes of play. The double-digit save total marked the fourth time in her career that she has turned away 10 or more shots in a match.
Rastello has started all nine matches she has appeared in during her tenure at Simmons. A physical therapy major, she owns a career .795 save mark with 89 lifetime stops, while posting a 2.51 goals against average in 642:10 minutes of action. She also has one shutout to her credit.
The Sharks, who were selected second in the 2014 GNAC Pre-Season Coaches' Poll, are currently 0-1 on the year and will open their home slate on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. on the Winsor Field in Boston, Mass.