Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Boro
Women’s Soccer • 1993-96
Perhaps the most recognizable women’s athlete in Northeast Conference history, Pearce-Rampone parlayed her success at Monmouth into a spot on the United States National Women’s Soccer Team, a distinction she has held since 1997. She earned a gold medal at the 1998 Goodwill Games and as a member of the renowned United States World Cup championship team that captured the spirit of fans nationwide in 1999. Pearce-Rampone also earned bronze medals at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups, and won medals at three different Summer Olympics in 2000 (silver), 2004 (bronze) and 2008 (bronze). The defender was named U.S. National Team captain in 2008 and her 225 career caps rank second only to teammate Kristine Lilly for most among all active players in the world. She took over as player-coach of the Sky Blue of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league in 2009 and quickly turned around a struggling team and led it to the inaugural WPS championship. She was subsequently named WPS Sportswoman of the Year and was honored as "The Most Respected Mom in Sports" this past year. While at Monmouth, the Point Pleasant, New Jersey native was a two-time NEC Player of the Year and led the Hawks to league titles in 1995 and 1996. She remains the NEC single-season record holder in goals (29), assists (17) and points (75), all set as a senior in 1996. Pearce was also a two-time All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection and the New Jersey State Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. She finished her Monmouth career with 79 goals, 54 assists and 212 points. Pearce-Rampone, who hails from Point Pleasant, NJ and was a dual sport athlete who excelled in basketball, was inducted into the Monmouth University Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and was a member of the NEC 20th Anniversary All-Time Team.
“Christie Rampone is the consummate student-athlete,” said Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth Director of Athletics. “While a student at Monmouth, she controlled our record book in both basketball and soccer. A dual sport athlete, Christie created success for both teams, and is still loved as a teammate and a classmate. Christie went on to lead the world in soccer, both with her athletics skills and leadership skills. Monmouth gave her the confidence to try her hand on the world stage, and Christie has delivered. We couldn’t be more proud of her legacy and her continued success, never forgetting her roots and her responsibility as a wonderful role model for all who follow!”