LOUDONVILLE — A week away from competing in the NCAA tournament, three members of the Siena women’s soccer program were honored Wednesday with MAAC individual awards.
The recognition for members of the Siena program comes after it won the 2020-21 MAAC championship last week, and found out Monday it will play Arizona State next Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. That noon game will take place at Johnson Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina, with the winner advancing to play ninth-seeded Duke in the second round of the 48-team tournament.
Individual award winners from Siena included coach Steve Karbowski, junior goalkeeper Leslie Adams and junior back Brianna Montinard. Adams and Montinard also made the All-MAAC team, along with junior midfielder Emily McNelis.
For Karbowski, a Shenendehowa High School graduate, Wednesday’s MAAC Coach of the Year honor marked the third time he had been named the MAAC’s top coach. Siena was picked to finish in eighth place this season, but instead compiled a 6-0-2 mark as it won its first MAAC regular-season championship and third-ever league postseason title.
Adams was recognized as MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year. Adams made 40 saves in six appearances for the Saints, and only allowed three goals. Adams recorded shutouts in half of her appearances this season, including in the MAAC championship game when she made a dozen saves.
Along with Monmouth senior Sarina Jones, Montinard was named MAAC Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Second on the team in minutes played with 724, Montinard helped lead a defense that only allowed three goals all season.
McNelis led the Saints in goals scored with four and total points with 10.
Siena won the 2020-21 MAAC championship via penalty kicks after playing to a scoreless tie against Monmouth, which received a league-high four selections to the all-conference team.
Quinnipiac’s Rebecca Cooke was named the league’s top rookie, while Rider sophomore Makenzie Rodrigues and Monmouth junior Lauren Karabin shared the MAAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year award.