College of Staten Island sophomore Samantha Wysokowski bagged CSI’s first ECAC weekly honor of the year, taking the Division III Metro Region’s Player of the Week honor, it was announced yesterday. The Dolphins earned a 2-0 record last week, and Wysokowski used the pair of games as a showcase, scoring a trio of goals.
The winning goalkeeper in last year’s CUNYAC Championship game (a 0-0 tie won in penalty kicks), Wysokowski occupied much of last season between the pipes but has since returned to her normal role on the pitch, as one of the team’s primary attacking midfielders. The sophomore has responded with a team-high seven goals this season, adding an assist on 17 shots taken in five games.
Last week, Wysokowski was a key cog in both CSI wins. First, in CSI’s 3-2 win over New Jersey City University, Wysokowski scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the 71st minute that gave CSI a 3-0 edge that would eventually hold up. On both goals Wysokowski spawled to converge on drives inside the box, narrowly putting scores past NJCU keeper Brittany Hoffman.
Most recently, Wysokowski tallied in Saturday’s 3-2 win over SUNY-Purchase. Down 2-0 at the half, CSI forged a three-goal second stanza comeback. Wysokowski accounted for the Dolphins’ first two scores. First, just 49 seconds into the frame, she threaded a ball into the box that fellow sophomore Melissa Gelardi punctured home to make the score 2-1. Later in the game, Gelardi returned the favor, getting an entry pass into Wysokowski, who beat an offsides trap and raced into goal, putting the shot on the scoreboard and tying the game, 2-2, with just over 14 minutes remaining. CSI’s Demi-Jean Martorano would score alomist four minutes later to give CSI the win.
For the season, Wysokowski’s 15 points are tied for the team lead, and the midfielder has 12 total career goals, having scored five in limited field duty last year.