Deaken Tabbed MAAC Rookie of the YEar

May 4, 2017

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference awards show was highlighted by freshman midfielder Alexis Deaken being named MAAC Rookie of the Year. She was also named to the All Rookie Team with Julia Sardella, while senior Michelle Schwartz has been selected to the All-MAAC Second Team.

Deaken is just the second Saint to earn Rookie of the Year honors since Michelle Eide in 2004. This season, Deaken recorded 39 goals, which tied for the fifth-most in the conference and most against all other rookies. She scored a MAAC-high 19 free-position goals. The Orangeville, Ontario native was a four-time MAAC Rookie of the Week award winner. Her 39 goals is the eighth most scored in a single-season by any Saint. She was also first on the team with ground balls (30), caused turnovers (15) and second in draw controls (23). Deaken was also a unanimous selection to the MAAC All Rookie Team.

Schwartz led the Saints with 51 points coming from 35 goals and 16 assists. The Corning, New York natives 16 assists is the 10th most in a single-season in the Green and Gold. She finished her career with 33 assists, which is tied for sixth most. She tallied 12 free-position goals while picking up 20 ground balls, causing seven turnovers and tallied 14 draw controls.

Sardella, like Deaken, was a unanimous selection to the MAAC All Rookie Team. The Liverpool, New York native tallied 19 goals this season and dished out two assists for 21 points. The freshman was second on the team in caused turnovers (14), and third on the team in draw controls (22) and ground balls (24). She scored four of her six free position shots taken. The freshman’s 19 goals were the third most goals scored on the team. Sardella also earned one MAAC Rookie of the Week award.



The MAAC also announced their All-Academic Team, where four Saints were named. The program has accumulated a 3.12 cumulative grade point average.To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale. Seniors Cara McQuillan and Briana Sirianni, junior Lauren Anglim and sophomore Bridget Sands were named to the Academic team.