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Local women's college soccer conference award winners


University at Buffalo - Mid-American Conference

First Team: Julia Benati, senior midfielder; Gurjeena Jandu, sophomore defender.

Second Team: Laura Dougall, senior goalkeeper.

All-Rookie Team: Gianna Yurchak, freshman forward; Marcy Barberic, freshman defender/midfielder.

Niagara University - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

All-Rookie Team: Bayley Sullivan, freshman midfielder.

Canisius College - Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

No award winners.

St. Bonaventure University - Atlantic 10 Conference

No award winners.


Daemen College - East Coast Conference

Third Team: Jamie Boyar, sophomore forward; Monique Green, junior defender.


Buffalo State - SUNYAC

Third Team: Victoria Colotti, senior defender.

Fredonia - SUNYAC

Second Team: Aleeya Clemons, junior forward; Lauren Cullinan, freshman defender.

Third Team: Marissa Quimby, freshman goalkeeper.

D'Youville College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

Newcomer of the Year: Makenna Magee, freshman forward.

First Team: Jenna Tomizzi, senior defender.

Second Team: Makenna Magee, freshman forward; Megan Dulniak, junior goalkeeper.

Third Team: Magan Magee, junior defender.

Hilbert College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

No award winners.

Medaille College - Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference

No award winners.


Erie Community College - WNYAC

Co-Coach of the Year: Gary Boughton

First Team: Abbey Lombard, sophomore forward; Samantha Carey, sophomore midfielder; Rachel Fiore, freshman midfielder; Ashley Mietz, sophomore midfielder; Hannah Clarkson, sophomore goalkeeper.

Second Team: Mackenzie Neary, sophomore defender; Annaliese Ziemann, freshman defender.

*Five snubs from all-conference teams:

*Carissima Cutrona, junior midfielder-forward, University at Buffalo: According to the Mid-American Conference, the Williamsville South graduate isn't a top-six forward in the league, which feels criminal.

Tied for fourth in the conference in points (18), tied for fifth in goals (seven) and tied for third in game-winning goals (three), Cutrona's statistics suggest that it was either her or Benati - not both - who could be selected for the all-star teams.

*Kara Daly, sophomore midfielder, University at Buffalo: Perhaps programs are slotted a certain number of all-star team spots given their team's finish in the league. For a long stretch, especially early in the season, UB head coach Shawn Burke hailed the former Hamburg High School star as his most dangerous (and most improved) player.

Daly finished the campaign with two goals and a team-leading five assists. Her ability to dribble at defenders and draw attention undoubtedly helped Benati and Cutrona accrue the stats they did.

*Jenna Castricone, senior goalkeeper, Hilbert College: With tenacious senior defender Brooklynn Gormel limited to just nine starts, Castricone was stuck behind a young, makeshift defense - probably not ideal for closing out a college career.

Her statistics won't get her noticed - the 2.45 goals against average isn't pretty - but 150 saves is a staggering number. Castricone is a top-notch athlete, and Hilbert's season would have looked a lot more ugly if it weren't for the Lyndonville alum's efforts.

*Melanie Linsmair and Emily Czechowski, junior defenders, Canisius College: Since statistics are more general in evaluating defenders - team goals allowed is the best determinant, unfortunately - it's easy to see why Linsmair and Czechowski were omitted from the two all-conference teams. It's hard to say which one is more deserving, but the pair was very tough in the spine of the Griffs' defense.

*Courtney Betts, redshirt junior midfielder, Niagara University: It's almost impossible to be as efficient as Betts, who scored five goals on six shots on goal, attempting just 13 over the course of the season. (There's no question head coach Peter Veltri will ask her to shoot more next year).

The achievement is more impressive considering she hadn't scored at all in her first two years at NU, and Betts started just seven matches as a junior. Niagara junior center back Breanne Guevara has a fair claim to a spot on an all-star team, too.


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