Nov. 1, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - After completing one of the most accomplished careers in program history last weekend, Siena Women's Soccer's Caitlin Cahalan has added yet another honor to her already impressive resume. The senior captain and local product from Cohoes, N.Y. has been named an All-MAAC First Team selection.
Junior midfielder Brittany Pfaff added Second Team All-MAAC honors, while freshman Kirby O'Keefe and Kelly Ristoff were selected to the All-MAAC Rookie Team.
Cahalan, who was also named a First Team All-MAAC selection at the conclusion of last season, joins Noel Cox '04 and Kristen Turner '07 as the only players in program history to be named a two-time First Team All-MAAC selection.
The Saints' striker led the squad in goals (six), assists (five) and points (17) this season while also tying for the team lead with two game-winning goals. Through the end of the regular season, she ranks tied for fourth in the MAAC in both points and assists and tied for fifth in goals scored.
Earlier this season, Cahalan broke the program's all-time career assists record and ends with 20 overall. Additionally, she ends her Siena career ranking fifth all-time in program history in both points (68) and goals (24) and tied for third in game-winning goals (seven).
Pfaff played in and started all 18 games at midfield and ranked second on the team trailing only Cahalan in both points (nine) and goals (four) and tied her with two game-winning goals.
For the fifth straight season, the Saints boasted multiple All-Rookie Team selections. O'Keefe appeared in 15 games making four starts at center midfield, while Ristoff finished with five points on two goals and an assist while seeing key action at multiple positions.
Loyola's Nichole Schiro was named the MAAC Offensive Player of the Year, while teammate Didi Haracic was the Goalkeeper of the Year. Fairfield also boasted two major award winners in Defensive Player of the Year Alli Walsh and Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year Jim O'Brien. Niagara's Haillie Price and Rider's Tara Ballay were named the MAAC Co-Rookie's of the Year.
For the third straight year, the Saints tied a program record by placing 12 student athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team. They included senior captains Cahalan (3.90 GPA - Finance), Nicole Daly (3.47 - Accounting) and Lisa Valenziano (3.48 - Biology), juniors Coreena D'Alfonso (3.23 - Accounting), Erin Kelly (3.38 - Special Education), Kayla Mancusi (3.36 - Marketing), Sara Mikula (3.45 - Psychology) and Pfaff (3.33 - Psychology), sophomores Taylor Booth (3.25 - Psychology), Anna Grant (4.00 - Mathematics Education) and Katie Zambrano (3.33 - Undecided Arts) and red-shirt freshman Matar Rahamim (3.90 - Undecided Business).
Siena recently concluded the 2012 season with a 6-11-1 overall record and finished seventh in the MAAC with a 2-6-1 conference mark.