Niko Amato, Maryland
Freshman, Conshohocken, Pa., goalkeeper
Amato was instrumental in propelling the unseeded Terps to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. Amato turned aside a game-high 13 shots in Maryland's 13-6 victory over No. 8 seed North Carolina on Sunday. He made seven saves in a third quarter during which the offense outscored the Tar Heels, 3-1, to extend the Terps' advantage to 9-5. Amato finished the regular season ranked fifth in Division I in goals-against average (6.97) and 10th in save percentage (.574). Although his save percentage remained the same, Amato's goals-against average improved to 6.96.
Cassie Pyle, Princeton
Junior, Alexandria, Va., midfield
In a comeback 11-10 road victory over No. 9 James Madison in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, Pyle contributed two goals and an assist to a 3-1 Tigers run to open the second half. Her free-position goal with 11:08 left gave Princeton the lead for good at 10-8. A second-team All-Ivy League selection, Pyle has scored 25 of her 36 points in the last five games to help the Tigers win the Ivy title and advance to the NCAA tournament for the 20th time.