Freshman Delmo Named NJAC Co-Rookie of the Year
Galloway, N.J. – Four Stockton University women's soccer players were named to the NJAC All-Conference Team this week. Freshman Dasey DiElmo (Little Egg Harbor/Pinelands) led the way, picking up a major award as she was voted NJAC Co-Rookie of the Year in addition to collecting an NJAC Second Team nod.
Seniors Alexa Aldredge (Cranford/Cranford) and Chelsea Thomas (Barrington/Haddon Heights) and junior Nicole Pallante (Brick/Brick Twp.) all were selected NJAC Honorable Mention for the Ospreys.
DiElmo became the second Osprey to earn an NJAC Rookie of the Year award, joining Pallante in 2015. She has had a fine freshman season, starting all 21 games. After seeing time forward and midfield early in the year, she transitioned to back midway through the season to help solidify the defense. DiElmo flashed her speed and tenaciousness throughout her rookie campaign and has chipped in offensively with two goals and an assist for five points.
Aldredge earned her second consecutive NJAC Honorable Mention accolade with her steady play in the midfield. The senior has played in 18 games and started 17 but also missed three matches due to injury. Aldredge has dished one assist and her defensive play has helped the Ospreys to nine shutouts and a 0.79 goals against average on the season.
Thomas saw a major increase in playing time in her senior year, appearing in all 21 games and starting 20 on defense. She has been solid all season, helping the Ospreys to nine shutouts, and a 0.79 goals against average. With her selection, Thomas became a two-sport NJAC all-conference honoree after previously earning an NJAC Second Team nod for softball in 2016.
Pallante became a three-time NJAC all-conference goalkeeper with her second straight NJAC Honorable Mention award. The junior was NJAC First Team, NJAC Goalkeeper of the Year and NJAC Co-Rookie of the Year as a freshman in 2015.
Pallante has posted seven shutouts this season, ranking third in the league. She also stands third in the NJAC in saves (88, 4.19 spg), goals against average (0.80) and save percentage (.838). Her 25 career shutouts rank fourth all-time at Stockton with a year to play.
The Ospreys are 9-10-2 on the season. They earned the No. 5 seed for the NJAC Tournament and advanced to Tuesday's semifinals 6-5 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie at No. 4 seed Kean University on Saturday. Stockton will play unbeaten The College of New Jersey (16-0), which is ranked second in the nation, this evening at 7:30 p.m. in Ewing.