Giana DiTonto of Lyndhurst is's NJIC girls soccer Player of the Year for 2014

Giana DiTonto registered tremendous assist and scoring numbers for Lyndhurst this season. (Photo courtesy of Christiane Piezas)
By Antonio Olivero | NJ Advance Media for


A four year varsity starter, Giana DiTonto of Lyndhurst was a quiet force throughout her career, but this season burst onto the statewide scene with her assist total, setting a new school record in the process. After losing a lot to graduation last season, DiTonto and Lyndhurst coach Kim Hykey turned in a terrific 19-3 season. In 2014, Lyndhurst set school records for wins, shutouts, goals scored, and assists. DiTono led the way offensively for Lyndhurst with 34 assists and 11 goals.

Though DiTonto will be missed, the coaching and development of Hykey has set up Lyndhurst for a promising future. Hykey only loses three seniors and will have 18 sophomores returning. Considering her coaching job with that youth heading into what seemed like an uncertain 2014 season, the sky is the limit for Lyndhurst moving forward.

TEAM OF THE YEAR: With their 20-3 record, Park Ridge put together one of the most impressive seasons in the state in 2014. Despite a narrow sectional playoff loss to Kinnelon, the Owls were a force in the NJIC throughout the entirety of the 2014 season. Park Ridge started off the season with 13 straight wins and also managed to score against then-No. 1 Northern Highlands. The offensive trio of Shayna Bohus, Nicole Thomas and Mikaela Heyboer was the lynchpin for Park Ridge all season long as the three combined for 48 goals.