Nov. 3, 2011
Siena Women's Soccer stars Caitlin Cahalan and Ashleigh Barone took home All-MAAC honors at the conference's year-end awards banquet Thursday night in Baltimore, Md. Cahalan was named to the First Team, while Barone secured All-MAAC Second Team honors. Additionally, freshmen Taylor Booth and Anna Grant also earned MAAC All-Rookie honors.
Loyola's Nicole Schiro was named the MAAC's Offensive Player of the Year, while Fairfield's Kelly Boudreau earned Defensive Player of the Year honors. MAAC Regular Season Champion Marist boasted both the league's Rookie of the Year Amanda Epstein and Anaconda Sports Coach of the Year Katherine Lyn.
A local product out of Cohoes, N.Y., Cahalan finished second on the squad this season in goals (five), assists (four), points (14) and game-winning goals (two). Cahalan earned Second Team All-MAAC honors her freshman season when she was the MAAC Co-Rookie of the Year.
Barone recently concluded one of the most brilliant careers in MAAC history. She currently ranks fifth all-time in conference history with 106 career points and is the Saints' all-time leader in goals (44) and game-winning goals (15) and tied for first in assists (18).
Barone, who was named the MAAC Rookie of the Year and was selected to the First Team as a freshman, has now been named to the MAAC Second Team in each of her final three years. In her senior season the Clifton Park native paced the Saints in goals (10), points (22) and game-winning goals (three).
Booth and Grant each made key contributions to the team down the stretch. Booth played in each of the team's final three games in goal. She posted solid numbers for the season, going 1-1-2 with a 1.25 goals against average and .722 save percentage in five games. Grant meanwhile played her way into a starting role at center back and started the team's final eight games there.
Even more impressive was the fact the Saints once again tied a program record this year by placing a dozen student athletes on the MAAC All-Academic Team. Siena was tied for the MAAC lead in honorees and 12 of 17 players who were eligible earned All-Academic Team honors.
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.
Siena's MAAC All-Academic Team honorees included seniors Barone, Laura Ettinger, Jill Roth, Maren Serafine and Lindsay Tegas, the entire junior class of Cahalan, Nicole Daly and Lisa Valenziano, and sophomores Erin Kelly, Kayla Mancusi, Sara Mikula and Brittany Pfaff.
Siena recently concluded its 2011 season with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 2-4-3 mark in the MAAC.