At the conclusion of her first collegiate season, freshman Mikayla Lyston (Medford, N.Y.) made quite the name for herself. The product of Medford, N.Y., ended her 2019 season as the NCAA Division III leader in saves per game with 16.00, 0.77 stops per game better than her closest competitor. With this increased productivity in cage, the Falcons were able to lower their team goals-against average from 11.08 in 2018 to 5.46 this season.
In addition to being atop the NCAA leaderboards, Lyston has rewritten the Albertus Magnus record books in its second season of competition. Lyston's saves (208), goals-against average (5.46) and save percentage (.746) are all new program bests. The rookie also tallied the team's first-ever victory and shutout by leading the Falcons to a 2-0 win over Dean College on September 18.
In recognition of her accomplishments, Lyston was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Goalkeeper of the Week on October 21. It marked the first time that an Albertus field hockey player received recognition from the conference office.