December 1, 2021

Ettere named offensive player of year

Fabulous freshman also SUNYAC’s top rookie

Katie Vartanian/contributing photographer

Keirra Ettere, right, has had a sensational freshman season at SUNY Cortland, scoring 25 goals and assisting on eight others.

Just a day before their first-round matchup of the NCAA Division III tournament against Ohio Wesleyan, Red Dragons freshman forward Keirra Ettere has been chosen as the State University of New York Athletic Conference field hockey Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year for the 2021 season.

Ettere has been fantastic all season for the Red Dragons, scoring at least one point in every game she has played in this season. Ettere has recorded 25 goals, including seven game-winners, and eight assists for a total of 58 points. That point total leads SUNYAC and set a single-season record for points by a freshman at SUNY Cortland and fourth highest total in the program’s history.

Ettere’s 25 goals also led SUNYAC and set a single-season record at SUNY Cortland for goals by a freshman and is the third best total in its history.

Ettere ranks second nationally in Division III, averaging 1.47 goals per game and third with 3.41 points per contest. Her play helped lead the Red Dragons to a No. 2 seed in the SUNYAC tournament, where they defeated SUNY Geneseo in the semifinals, with Ettere scoring the team’s only two goals. The Red Dragons then advanced to the SUNYAC championship game where they fell to SUNY New Paltz, 1-0. Despite the loss, Ettere was named to the All-Tournament team and SUNY Cortland earned an at-large bid into the NCAA tournament.

Ettere is no stranger to success on the field. During her time at Lakeland High School, from where she graduated this year, Ettere received a number of accolades. Some of the individual honors include being a member of the National Honor Society, a four-year member of the field hockey team, in which she was named all-league and honorable mention all-section as a junior. In her senior season, she earned all-league, all-section and all-state honors, team captain, received the Con Edison Student-Athlete Award and was named to the all-star team. Ettere’s team was very successful as well, winning three Class B Section One titles and two state championships, winning 20 or more games each year.

Ettere has taken her game to the next level at SUNY Cortland. The freshman will have a chance to help the Red Dragons advance in the NCAA Division III tournament.