MAAC Champion Saints Ink Five for 2011

Feb. 23, 2011

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Women's Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski announced today the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. Taylor Booth, Danielle Christiano, Anna Grant, Maria Jones and Katie Zambrano will enroll at Siena College and suit up for the defending MAAC Champion Saints beginning this fall as incoming freshmen.

"We are excited to have this talented group joining our program for the fall of 2011," said Karbowski. "They will provide versatility and depth in all positions. In addition to their talents, this class will bring a high character, great personality and strong leadership skills to the team which has been a recipe for recent success. Their attitude is great and their enthusiasm for Siena Soccer is obvious. I am looking forward to having them on campus in the fall."

A native of Epping, N.H., Booth was the starting keeper at Brewster Academy. A Boston Globe NEPSAC All-Star Team selection, she holds Brewster's record with 32 career shutouts and allowed just 22 goals in 51 games en route to posting a 44-5-2 record in goal. Booth, who graduated Magna Cum Laude, led her squad to the NEPSAC Championship in 2009 and was a five-time captain for her Seacoast United Club Team which won the New Hampshire State Championship from 2004-09.

"Taylor is a very well rounded goalkeeper," notes Karbowski. "She has very good technical ability, has good size and strength, and distributes the ball well. Taylor also displays a great presence in the box and very good leadership and communication skills."



Christiano hails from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. where she was a four-year starter at Briarcliff High. A versatile athlete who excelled both at forward and center midfield in leading Briarcliff to three consecutive Class B New York State Championships, totaled 74 goals and 56 assists for her career. A three-time All-State selection, she was named to the All-Regional team this past fall. A standout on the HBC Intense Club Soccer Team, she was a National Select Player in both 2009 and 2010.

"Danielle is a very athletic and hard working player," commented Karbowki. "She has the technical ability, speed and discipline to play a variety of positions. Equally skilled with both feet and a strong fitness level, Danielle will bring many great assets to contribute to the team immediately."

Grant joins the Saints from Stratham, N.H. where she was a four-year varsity starter at back for Exeter High. Grant, who also contributed 14 goals and 43 career assists, led Exeter to an undefeated 18-0-1 season last fall on her way to being named First Team All-State. A three-time Division I State Champion, she teamed with fellow incoming freshman Taylor Booth on the Seacoast United Club Team.

"Anna is a strong, tough tackling defender. She is good in the air and a very good passer and distributor, both short and long, out of the back. Anna possesses all the qualities of a true center back and will provide a strong presence defensively."

A native of Great River, N.Y., Jones led St. Anthony's High to the 2010 NYS Catholic High School State Finals. St. Anthony's posted a 17-1-1 record last fall and ended the season ranked No. 25 in the Powerade FAB50. A three-time captain of her HBC ISA Intense Club Team, Jones was a three-time Region I Player and led her squad to the 2009 Region I NERP Championship.

"Maria is a tenacious and creative offensive player. Her technical ability on the ball and her awareness to see the field allow her the opportunity to score goals as well as set them up. Maria is a very composed and confident player with the ball and will be a great compliment offensively to the team."

Finally Zambrano hails from Avon, Conn. where she led Avon High to a four-year record of 64-10-5. A midfielder, Zambrano was named All-State both her junior and senior years when she led Avon to the Connecticut State Tournament Class L Finals. A two-time Hartford Courant All-Courant selection and 2010 XARA/CGSCA Team MVP, Zambrano also led her Soccerplus CT 93 Charge Club squad to the 2010 State Cup Championship.

"Katie is a very technical player with a quality left foot. She has great timing as a passer and the ability to put the ball in the right space with the right pace. Katie is a strong possession player, but has the 1 v 1 skill and first step quickness to free herself to cross and create her own shot."

This quintet joins a Siena Women's Soccer program which posted a school record 17 wins last fall, winning the program's first-ever MAAC Championship and advanced to the NCAA Women's College Cup.