Valeriano, Ognibene Named to All-ECC First Team

Valeriano, Ognibene Named to All-ECC First Team

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – Junior ToniMarie Valeriano and senior Stevianne Ognibene were recognized with all-conference honors from the East Coast Conference (ECC) on Thursday, both landing on the All-ECC First Team.

It is Valeriano's third consecutive all-conference selection, and it is her first time as a first team all-conference choice after picking up second team accolades in her first two seasons, including ECC Rookie of the Year in 2015. For Ognibene, it is her first career all-conference honor.

Valeriano earns the nod at first base, her primary position, while she also made 12 starts in the circle. She ranks among the top 10 in the ECC with a .365 batting average and 10 doubles. In the circle, Valeriano is second in the conference with 6.60 strikeouts per seven innings and is also in the top 10 with a 2.97 ERA.

The ECC Player of the Week back on April 18, Valeriano led the team in average and doubles, as well as hits (35) and on-base percentage (.396) this season. She played in all 30 games and scored 14 runs, drove in 13, hit two home runs and slugged .531. Valeriano also made a team-high 12 starts in the circle, leading the team in ERA and strikeouts (60), while pitching six complete games and one shutout.

Ognibene, an all-conference choice in the outfield, had a career year during her senior season with the Knights. She led Queens in runs (19), triples (3), stolen bases (3), while driving in 12 runs and posting a .358 on-base percentage. Ognibene was second on the squad in batting average (.303), slugging percentage (.545), hits (30), doubles (6) and home runs (4).

A key piece for the Knights over the past four seasons and a member of the 2015 ECC Championship squad, Ognibene finishes her career with a .282 batting average, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 86 runs, 21 doubles and 18 stolen bases over 171 games. She hit two home runs to lead Queens to a comeback win at NYIT on April 11, before hitting a walk-off RBI single in a win over Mercy just two days later.

The Knights finished 13-17 overall and 10-14 in the ECC, winning four of their final five ECC games before just barely missing out on a postseason spot.